Over a hundred students at Franklin County High School were honored during the Academic Awards ceremony on May 11 at Franklin County High School.
“I’m always proud of everything that our students accomplish, but tonight is special because we have the opportunity to recognize these students who excel in all aspects of the programs we offer,” said Principal Debora Decker.
“It is truly a pleasure and blessing for us to work with these outstanding young men and women,” she added.
Decker presented the awards, with assistance from the high school’s representatives of the National Honor Society, including Willow Abshire-Sims, Emily Ayles, Jessica Dillon and Anna Hudson.
Students were recognized on stage for their outstanding work in their field of study, and many students were given multiple awards for excelling in multiple programs.
Apart from regular academics, students at the high school are learning trades, such as floral design, journalism, horticulture operations, family and consumer sciences, foreign languages, automotive servicing and technology, as well as computer systems technology, HVAC, masonry, and criminal justice. These courses help students determine which career paths they may choose after graduation.
Dr. Kevin Bezy, associate principal, recognized the four teams who represented Franklin County in this year’s Scholastic Bowl in the Literature, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics divisions.
“It’s amazing. For three or four months, the teams get together and practice with their teachers in their academic areas. In literature, for example, they quiz each other on 35 literary selections that they have to memorize,” Bezy said. “Science teams have to study everything from earth science to physics. Mathematics is wide open, and the Social Studies program includes the history of the world, ancient history, and current events.”
Two groups were also recognized for their outstanding efforts through Odyssey of the Mind. The teams were “Aesop’s Gone Viral” under the direction of Robyn Abshire-Sims, and “Stack Attack,” who was coached by Bonnie Price. Both teams won first place in their divisions and were invited attend the world finals.
Academic award recipients include Victoria Alexander, Freddy Anderson, Abby Argabright, Alexa Aubuchon, Thomas Ausburne, Hannah Ayers, Ashdon Bailey, Austin Boone, Danielle Booth, Torie Bowman, Ashlyn Bradner, Catherine Brown, Jacob Brown, Madison Brown, Jennifer Bruington, John Burke, Alexis Campbell, Brittany Carter, Amanda Cassell, Cathryn Chance, Cameron Church, Madisyn Churn, Amber Collier, Maggie Crutchfield, Madison David, Johnnie Deal Jr., Antonia Dillard and Morgan Doty.
Also, Jasmine Doyle, Laken Dunn, Mallory Elliott, Nathaniel Ellis, Logan English, Darius Evans, Christian Hairston, Diana Hale, Selena Harden, Callie Harrison, Armondo Hernandez-Morales, Caitlin Hodges, Jacob Hodges, Sierra Hodges, Anna Hudson, Reagan Hunley, Haley Hunt, Levi Johnson, Olivia Jones, Makayla Keene, Virginia Keith, Montana Kendrick, Preston Kesler, Kaitlin King, Jordan Law, Laura Livingston, David Lorton, Albert Magill, Nicholas Martin, Scott Mather, Cheynne Maxey, Alexus McBride, Gina McKinney, Kelly McPherson, Elissandra Miller, Logan Mitchell, Rylee Mitchell, Noah Moore, Stevie Moraga and Brandon Mullins.
Also, Chloe Newbill, Thomas Newbold, Dione O’Neal, Brendon Perdue, David Perdue, Alexis Pereda, Brandon Perez, Jakob Persinger, Mikayla Peters, Emily Peters, Kenner Prillaman, Jordyn Pugh, Benjamin Riddle, Siera Robertson, Danielle Rodriguez, Virginia Santos-Delgado, Amanda Sartell, Kaitlin Saunders, Noah Schofield, Victoria Scruggs, Michael Simons, Jacob Smith, Kaleb Smith, Logan Smith, Gwyneth Strope, Emily Stubbs, Malyssa Sweeney, Jacob Tanner, Amanda Tao, Jade Terifay, Zoe Townsend, Nghi Tran, Kayla VanDyke, Morgan Via, Jasmine Wade, Karliana Wade, Robin Walker, Lucas Weaver, Matthew Whittaker, Morgan Wood, Hallie Wray and Amelia Young.