Greenville Elementary School honored over 80 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade on Wednesday morning, June 3, in the school’s gymnasium. Students were awarded for their outstanding performance, over three consecutive nine weeks, in categories: Reading, Math, Science, Social-Studies, Writing, A honor roll, B honor roll, Perfect Attendance and Overall Student of the Year. Students received trophies, certificates and some walked away with gift-cards, bikes and a scooter. Principal Barbara Pettiford wanted to award the students for all of their hard work and get them excited and keep them interested about learning and doing well in school. “Our students, parents and teachers have worked really hard for this,” said Principal Peltiford. “The students’ dedication to learn and do well, and the dedication from their parents and teachers shouldn’t go unnoticed.” Superintendent Doug Brown delivered the Purpose of Honor’s Day speech and thanked all of the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents that supported their students throughout the year. He also addressed the students and asked them to repeat a quote from the Bible after him, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” He said God made them all to be amazing young women and men so they should strive to be exactly that. He also wanted the parents and students to be aware that although it is summer, there is still learning that can take place. “Come back in the fall and be prepared to have another great year,” said Superintendent Doug Brown. Some students walked away with more awards then their hands could hold. Javonnah Wims, fifth-grade Valedictorian and speaker took home an award in almost every category. She had that highest average in reading in her class, the highest overall GPA in her class, and received a $50 gift card for reaching level five in the Accelerated Reader’s Program. “Thank you teachers for having a heart of gold,” said Javonnah Wims. “Thank you for loving us and teaching us unconditionally” Six students with perfect attendance received brand new bikes for not missing one day of school throughout the whole year. Principal Pettiford said that hopefully this would encourage the rest of the students to come to school every day. Parents were just as excited as the students were when they received their awards. Pamela Milton, mother of fourth-grader TraDasia Franklin, 10, cried when her daughter received the overall Student of the Year award, out of eight other candidates. TriDasia said that she is excited about going to fifth-grade and learning new things. “I’m just so proud of my baby.” said Pamela Milton. “Very proud all around with the wonderful young lady she is becoming.” GES school secretary, Lisa Davis, said that the ceremony filled the students with joy and hopefully boosted their self-esteem so they are prepared to do even better next year.
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1. Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo Special By Brandi Concepcion, June 3, 2015. Overall Student of the Year award winner, 4th grader, TraDasia Franklin, with her medals and trophy.
2. Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo Special By Brandi Concepcion, June 3, 2015. Grand Marshals, Daeshaun Bolden and Precious Watson, beginning the ceremony.
3. Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo Special By Brandi Concepcion, June 3, 2015. Javonnah Wims, a fifth-grader, is shown receiving one of her many awards from Superintendent Doug Brown.
4. Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo Special By Brandi Concepcion, June 3, 2015. Jonathan Mitchell, Janiyah McKnight, Nykerria Bennet, Emmery Scurry, Aaliyah Washington and Vince Cooley. shown from left to right, are pictured with the bikes they were awarded for maintaining perfect attendance throughout the entire school year.