BIDWELL — Four students were honored Thursday evening at the Gallia County Local School Board Meeting for reaching academic success.
“Board meetings are public record, its kind of like the history book of Gallia county local schools,” stated Superintendent Jude Meyers. “The fact that you might be here today, and you might be recognized tonight, it’s kind of like you have carved your spot in the Gallia County local history books.”
Two students were from Addaville Elementary, and were recognized for their test scores last spring.
Braden Young earned a perfect score on the math test last year as a fifth grader at Addaville. Luke Santos also scored a perfect score in math as well as science, making this his second year with a perfect score. Young has scored a perfect score three years in a row.
Brandon Mitchem, principal at Addaville Elementary presented both students with awards for their work.
“We really miss these guys at Addaville and I’m sure they will do really well at the middle school,” stated Mitchem. Both students are now at River Valley Middle School.
Two other students from River Valley High School were recognized for their merits as well. Brea McClung teaches in the history department at River Valley High School and had two students score a five on the Advanced Placement History test last spring. AP tests are scored 1-5, with five being the best possible score. Sharla Moody and Alyssa Bennett earned five out of five on the AP Exam.
“Not many people get a five. Before this year we only had one other person at River Valley get one,” said McClung. “A couple of these girls may be going to the Ivy league for college.”
McClung highly praised them both for their achievements in academia.
“Its been a joy to have them for two years. Not only are they smart, these kids are kind, they work hard, they participate in our schools, they are always there to help other kids,” said McClung. “That to me, that character and relationship with other people is actually more important than a five could be.”
“These are all names we have seen before,” stated Meyers. “I am sure this will not be last time we recognize them at a board meeting, they are certainly on the right track,” Meyers said. “You’re in the record books guys.”
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