Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Outstanding Students Recognized at School Board Meeting

Masonic Award Winners from left to right Valerie Vang, MaKenzie Savage, Michael Carson, 
Quaid Girdner, Sergio Najera Diaz and Kennedy Weedon.

FCCLA Award Winners from left to right Davin Chandler, Nicole Adams-Henderson, 
Keli Presley and Supt. Scott Farmer.

Outstanding Wrestlers Kaleb Harris and Hunter Williams were recognized for their achievements. From left to right Asst. SHS Principal Russell Tillery, Kaleb Harris, Hunter Williams, and Supt. Scott Farmer.

Bennett Lessley was recognized for his achievements in track, specifically the hurdles.
 From left to right, Russell Tillery, Bennett Lessley, and Scott Farmer.

Several outstanding students were recognized at the beginning of the regular monthly meeting of the Sallisaw Public School board of education.

Special recognition was given to the six Masonic Award winners, who were presented awards earlier this year during a ceremony at the Masonic Temple. Masonic Award winners from Eastside Elementary School were MaKenzie Savage and Quaid Girdner; Sallisaw Middle School Masonic Award winners were Sergio Najera Diaz and Kennedy Weedon; and at Sallisaw High School, Valerie Vang and Michael Carson were named Masonic Lodge Students of Today. Carson also earned a scholarship, sponsored by Spider Webb Farm Implements Inc., through the National FFA organization.

Scott Farmer, Sallisaw superintendent, told the students their leadership matters.

“The culture and climate of the school is set by the kids,” Farmer said. “What you do matters; don’t ever take that for granted.”

Members of the FCCLA were recognized for their achievements at the state STAR events competition. Vida Benavides won first place and a gold medal in the Leadership senior division; Keli Presley won second place and a silver medal in the Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation senior division; and Nicole Adams-Henderson and Davin Chandler took second place and a gold medal in the Interpersonal Communication junior division.

Sports standouts were also recognized for accomplishments. Wrestlers Kaleb Harris won fourth at regionals and a state qualifier at 113, Hunter Williams took third place at regionals and third at state at 126, and Walter Soto, who was not able to attend the meeting, won third at regionals and third at state at 220.

Bennett Lessley was also recognized at the board meeting for placing second at regionals and third at state in the 330 meter hurdles.

Farmer commended all of these students who were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in their respective fields.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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