POMEROY — The accomplishments of 47 top scholars in Meigs County schools were celebrated Thursday night at the 28th annual academic awards banquet held at Meigs High School.
Kim Allen, director of gifted services, extended a welcome to the students, their parents and friends to the event where trophies and certificates were presented to the top achievers in grades 4, 6, 8 10 and 12. She introduced Rick Edwards, superintendent of the Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center, who spoke briefly about excellence in education and high achievers.
The top senior award, the Franklin B. Walters Scholarship Award, was presented to Jennifer Robinson, a Meigs senior and class valedictorian, by the Meigs High School Principal Steve Ohlinger. Robinson will be attending Ohio University where she plans to study chemical engineering. Robinson, who is the daughter of Brian and Sherry Robinson of Middleport, spoke briefly about her love for life in Meigs County and her career plans. She and her parents will join the top scholars from other Ohio counties for a recognition luncheon to be held in Columbus.
The superintendents of each of the three school districts, Scot Gheen, Eastern Local superintendent, Rusty Bookman, Meigs Local and Tony Deem, Southern Local, superintendents, were introduced and spoke briefly before reading the names of the honored students in their respective districts who were receiving awards. The presentations of trophies and certificates were made by building principals. Each of the superintendents spoke in appreciation of the teachers and the support personnel which contributes to the academic achievement of students.
In his closing remarks Edwards extended congratulations to all of the scholars, and then called on the seniors as they leave the local school systems for further education or vocation to “make us proud.”