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Board honors top students

April 23, 2014

Wapakoneta Middle School students stand with their certificates of recognition under the “pillars of character” in the WMS cafeteria on Tuesday evening. The students were recognized by the board of education for their achievements in the classroom. Front row: Josie Jeanneret, left, Alex Hamel, Caleb Reser. Back row: Anthony Shaner, left, Kelsey Fullenkamp, Julianna Haver, Haley Schattschneider, Mitchell Dorsett (Staff photo/John Bush).

The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education honored 11 students for their hard work this school year during a regular board meeting Tuesday night in the Wapakoneta Middle School Library in front of a crowd of parents, teachers and school administrators.

Each of the 11 recognized students are currently attending WMS and were nominated by several of their teachers ranging from grades five through seven.

“Nights like tonight are what we’re all about,” WMS Principal Wes Newland said. “I think the most important thing is we get to watch our kids grow, so from that standpoint, I don’t think there’s any greater reward than to see them do well and be successful.”

Each student received a certificate of recognition and will be able to chose a book from the book fair, courtesy of the board of education.

Fifth-grader Caleb Reser was the first to receive his certificate. He was nominated by Ariane Billing, Tracey Otto and Jason Rostorfer.

His teachers could not be there to honor him personally, so Newland read aloud what they had written about him. 

“Caleb demonstrates caring, considerate, honest, trustworthy and fair behavior while interacting with his staff and peers,” Newland read. “He is a hardworking student with a great attitude and is a positive influence on others both socially and academically.”

Kelsey Fullenkamp, a fifth-grader, was the next to be receive the award. She was nominated by Kara Kohler, Judy Larkin, Lloyd Sarasin and Vickie Sawmiller.

Newland again read aloud what her teachers had said about her.

“Kelsey is an asset to Wapak Middle School,” her teachers wrote. “She is a leader both academically and behaviorally, and is always going above and beyond. She has a winning attitude, is cheerful and has an enthusiastic personality that will be sure to take her very far in life.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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