POMEROY — High achievers in all three school districts of Meigs County were recognized and honored at the Academic Awards banquet held Thursday night at Meigs High School.
“Education: Your Passport to Success” was the theme of the banquet which is held annually to honor students in grades 4, 6 8, 10 and 12. The recognition event was planned by Sarah Lee, director of gifted services in the county.
It is also a time where the annual recipient of the Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award is presented to the top senior in the county. That award was presented to Emma Perrin, a senior at Meigs High School, by Steve Ohlinger, Meigs High School principal. She, along with her parents, Amy and Jonathan Perrin, will join other top scholars from Ohio counties for a recognition dinner in Columbus.
Speaking at the event, Perrin encouraged the scholars to recognize the importance of the education they are receiving now. “This education is a crucial necessity for advancing onto whatever path you may want to take in your life. She quoted from philosopher John Dewey who said “Education is not preparation for life: education is life itself.”
She challenged her listeners to seek educational enrichment and knowledge in everything they do in life, to take accountability for their own education, and to seize every opportunity to learn something new. “Do what it takes to make good grades, but go above and beyond that, shape yourselves into imaginative, productive and enthusiastic leaders of the future,” she said.
Introduced were Rick Edwards, superintendent of the Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center, who congratulated the students on their accomplishments, and Kaylyn Sprading, gifted teacher, for the Athens-Meigs ESC.
Presenting the awards to the students were the superintendents of their respective schools: Rusty Bookman for Meigs Local, Scot Gheen for Eastern Local, and Tony Deem for Southern Local. Medals and certificates were given to the honored students in grades 4, 6, 8 and 10, with plaques being presented to the graduating seniors.
Words of congratulations by Edwards concluded the recognition program.