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Adams County students are recipients of President’s Award for Educational Achievement

Certificates of excellence were presented for academic success, effort, integrity, and leadership skills in the classroom

Story and Photos By Patricia Beech – 

Elementary students from the Ohio Valley School District were rewarded for their hard work and academic achievements at the Presidential Awards Night on Thursday evening, May 26.

The President’s Award for Educational Achievement recognizes students who show outstanding educational growth, improvement, or commitment to intellectual development in their academic subjects. Proud parents, grandparents, and friends joined Superintendent Richard Seas, teachers, and members of the school board in honoring the students whose work throughout the 2015-16 school year earned them the prestigious award.

Each student received a certificate, a lapel pin, and a letter of congratulations from President Barack Obama reading: “I commend you for the powerful example you have set for your family, friends, and peers. America looks to students like you, whose dreams and determination knows no bounds, to strengthen our communities and help drive our nation forward. I’m inspired by your motivation and work ethic, and it gives me great hope to know our future will be written by ambitious young people like you.”

To be eligible for the Presidents Award students must earn an A grade with a GPA between 3.5 and 4.0, score in the 85th percentile or higher on achievement tests, or demonstrate high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities, or exceptional judgment.
Superintendent Seas told those assembled that educating children “takes a village” and requires a strong partnership between the schools, parents, grandparents and the community. “You’re here to help us celebrate and recognize these students’ achievements because you value education,” Seas said. “We must all raise our expectations higher and higher, I encourage parents to get on board and become actively involved in their childrens’ education so that by the time these students graduate they are prepared for the future.”

The awards were presented to students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades from each of the OVSD schools.

These elementary students from Peebles received the President’s Award for Educational Achievement in recognition of their academic accomplishments during the 2015-16 school year.
These elementary students from Peebles received the President’s Award for Educational Achievement in recognition of their academic accomplishments during the 2015-16 school year.

Peebles Elementary Fourth-grade students: Gage Grooms, Elyssa Huff, Kennedy Dick, Samantha Seas, Ellie Stephens, Quade Schoonover, Lucy Lange, Hailey Newman, Eliyah Calhoon, Rylee Barr, Payton Johnson, Gideon Klump, Patrick Keegan; Fifth grade students: Remy Beckham, Hudson Gehler, Katie Lewis, Lydia Phipps, Darby Mills, Dvan Day, Logan Stewart, Ethan Beekman, Sean Copely, Corey Reed, Mason Sims, and Hayden Crum: Sixth grade students: Alan McCoy, Carrington McGlothin, Lauren Partin, Katy Seas, and Paige Wolford.

These students from West Union Elementary School were among those who received the President’s Award for Educational Achievement during the OVSD school board meeting on Thursday evening.
These students from West Union Elementary School were among those who received the President’s Award for Educational Achievement during the OVSD school board meeting on Thursday evening.

West Union Elementary – Fourth grade students: Chesnee Ayres, Korynne Blanton, Sara Boldman, Carson Brinker, Emily Caldwell, Wesley Ellis, Emily Evans, Dalton Fenton, Gabe Fite, Lauren Hoop, Elayna Kingsolver, Sharon Lin, Austin Mingee, Bailey Mullins, Brandt Seaman, Gracelyn Spires, and Makinlee Stevenson; Fifth grade studens: Tanner Adkins, Cheyenne Allen, Judah Akers, Baylee Bellamy, Aiden Brown, Jesse Dozier, Brooklyn Finfrock, Colby Harover, Tallie McClanahan, Teslyn McClanahan, Tye-Michael McKee, Alyana Shipp, Clarinda Stapleton, Ethan Thompson, Kaitlyn Vogler, Audrey Weakley, and Jaina White; Sixth-grade students: Alexis Cruea, Kaitlyn Davis, Shelbie Music, Adelyn Shupert, Madison Taylor, Miranda Tumbleson, Avery Condon, Evan Edmisten, Mackenzie Fischer, Lucy Gabbert, Aden Weeks, Molly Purcell, Haylee Davis, Braiden Dees, Madison Swearingen, Cameron Campbell, Dakota Pell, Derrick Pell, Leila Hirsch, and Hannah Hobbs.

Superintendent Richard Seas and the OVSD school board presented the President’s Award for Education Achievement to these students from North Adams Elementary.
Superintendent Richard Seas and the OVSD school board presented the President’s Award for Education Achievement to these students from North Adams Elementary.

North Adams Elementary – Fourth-grade students: Sylvia Beighle, Hunter Brown, Kirsten Campbell, Anika Chamblin, Tatum Chaney, Bransyn Copas, Easton Daulton, Nicholas Fletcher, Ayla Gilbert, Sahye Goon, Hunter Grooms, Cody Hesler, Kenlie Jones, Levi Jones, Caden Luck, Kyla Mahon, Jaida Mason, Carter McGowan, Jessie Moore, Airyonna Newman, Katie Osman, David Raines, Caleb Rothwell, Brayden Salyer, Adam Scott, Ryan Shelton, Logan Shupert, Sarah Staten, Ethan Taylor, Maddie Wallace, Joyce West, Nathan Whalen, Gage White, and Asher Young; Fifth-grade students: Brayden Allen, Morgan Blythe, Kelsey Cornette, Nathaniel Day, Jonathon Fraley, Grace Hall, Jade Hawthorn, Daisy Holt, Alyssa Kendall, Tanner Mefford, Declan Metz, Liberty Meyer, Reece Meyers, Jessi Preston, Dillon Ragan, Andrew Reid, Riley Richey; Fifth-grade students: Victoria Roessler, Alexander Shupert, Skylar Stapleton, Kendal Sullivan, Jayden Teriaca, Rachel Whalen, Lillian Whitman, Olivia Wright, and Christopher Young; Sixth-grade students: Calee Campbell, Carson Chaney, Lauren Eiterman, Areena Goon, Ainsley Grooms, Paige Harrison, Laura Hesler, T.J. Holt, Kaitlin Jones, Sierra Kendall, Samara Myers, Zachary Ogden, Abigail Roades, Ryan Shoemaker, Morgan Shupert, Levi Taylor, Myla Toole, Kaylee Tumbleson, and Jadyn Wright.

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