Webster Parish students were recognized for their achievements in Monday’s school board meeting; an employee was also recognized as May’s employee of the month.
Accelerated Reader awards
Several students throughout Webster Parish were awarded for having the top points in the Accelerated Reader program, which encourages reading at all grade levels. Each student earns points through the number of books they read and subsequently the tests they take.
They are awarded points based on their test scores. Librarian Todd Aulds presented each student with a $50 award and the top three students who earned the highest points were given a $100 award.
The winners were broken down into three divisions: elementary, middle school and high school.
They are as follows:
- Markedrik Rasco of Brown Upper Elementary with 572.2 points
- Camryn Horn, of Browning Elementary with 190.4 points
- Adleigh Moore, of Central Elementary with 150.1 points
- Dylan Wright, of Doyline High School with 165 points
- Emily Jones of J.E. Harper Elementary with 251 points
- Jaxon Smith of J.L. Jones Elementary with 210.3 points
- Madelyn Smith of North Webster Lower Elementary with 204.8 points
- Riley Morgan of North Webster Upper Elementary with 504.9 points
- Violet Edwards of E.S. Richardson Elementary with 312.8 points
- Mya Merritt of Central Elementary with 390.8 points
- Michaela Marcantel of Doyline High School with 366.4 points
- Thomas Rhame of Lakeside High School with 1,081.5 points
- Presley Grisham of North Webster Junior High with 651.6 points
- Miranda Crabtree of J.A. Phillips Middle School with 322.2 points
- McKenzie Washington of Webster Junior High with 731.6 points
- Brianna Wiles of Doyline High School with 458 points
- Jose Quintana of Lakeside High School with 318.8 points
- Alexis Nipper of Minden High School with 1,533.9 points
- Jake Scarberry of North Webster High with 601.8 points
The overall winners were Markedrik Rasco, Thomas Rhame and Alexis Nipper.
The Students Taking Action Recognition program is sponsored by Game Warriors, a video-gaming nonprofit, and is part of their anti-bullying efforts. These are students who are awarded for something other than academic and athletic achievements. Students are nominated by parents, teachers and students who feel they deserved to be recognized for enriching their community.
They are: Maggie Mandino, first grade at Central Elementary; Catherine Modiseete, second grade at North Webster Lower Elementary, Jonathan Dick, third grade at Central Elementary; Peyton Welch, fourth grade at Central Elementary; Bradley Dick, fifth grade at Central Elementary; Raemi Williams, sixth grade at Doyline High School; Kerrigan Zachry, seventh grade at Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School; Alexis Aldy, eighth grade at Doyline High School; Dara Harvey, ninth grade at Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School; Samantha Phillips, tenth grade at Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School; Janie Watson, eleventh grade at Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School; and Isaiah Boston, twelfth grade at Minden High School.
Also recognized are three individuals who are nominated for their good influences to the youth of the community. They are: Jim Croad, a Minden High School art teacher, Inspiration award; Richard Lane, teacher at J.L. Jones Elementary, Mentor award and Matt Edwards, youth pastor at Christian Church in Minden, who received the Servant’s Heart award.
Employee of the Month
Maintenance and Transportation Secretary Barbara Lee was recognized as May’s employee of the month.
Rodney Taylor, of Taylor and Sons, presented Lee with a plaque and goodie bag for her nomination. He read from her letter of nomination, saying she goes above and beyond in her job.
“She is one person answering calls from parents about bus routes, calls from bus drivers calling about problems or setting up appointments for physicals or renewing their CDLs,” he said. “Or answering calls from schools about maintenance problems and then dispatching the maintenance men to fix the problems. She is more than a secretary; she is a sister to all the maintenance and transportation guys, helping out with their problems.”
He says she just takes care of the things that need to be done.
Taylor presents a Webster Parish Schools employee with an award for their nomination as employee of the month at every monthly school board meeting.