As the end of the 2011-2012 school year draws closer, Prairie Heights students seem to continuously prove themselves in and out of the classroom. The Prairie Heights Board of Education spent the majority of Monday’s meeting recognizing these students and their achievements.
Scholastic Art and Writing awards were first. Erica Anderson received a gold key for science fiction/fantasy and her poetry, Cassandra Bovee received honorable mention for visual arts/photography, Heather Hornbrook received a silver key in poetry, Josie Lowe received a silver key in poetry as well as flash fiction and a gold key in poetry, Elizabeth Montgomery received a gold key for her poetry, and Lauren Warner received a gold key for film and animation.
Hannah Seigel was the last to be recognized for the Scholastic awards. Seigel not only received a gold key for her poetry but also won a silver medal at the national level and will travel to Carnegie Hall in New York City for the medal ceremony. Seigel’s piece was one of 200 chosen from 40,000 regional gold key pieces that advanced to national.
Although none were in attendance, the Four County Area Vocational Cooperative Skills USA winners were announced. Tia Vailancourt was recognized for her culinary art skills, Danica Forbes was recognized for customer service in cosmetology, and Logan Penick for her hair cutting and styling skills in cosmetology.
Andrea Ledgerwood was next to be honored for her achievements. Ledgerwood was not only recognized for her 2012 state Lugar essay contest win and a trip to Washington D.C., but was also recognized for her win at the science fair. She will go to the state contest in March.
Fifth grader Zane Rowdon was honored for his win at the LaGrange County Spelling Bee.
Lastly, the Prairie Heights Panther Power Dance Team was acknowledged for their placing at the Indiana State Dance Competition. The team placed fourth in Novice Jazz and ninth in Novice hip-hop. Dance team members are Danica Forbes, Kyleen Helmuth, Heather Mills, Tiffany Rutter, Elizabeth Agler, Chelsi Daley, Miranda Davies, Hope Hagaman, Carly Holsinger, Lizzie Kratz, Sierra Mullins, Katie Rasler-Fuller, Jamee Sowards, Chyanne Edmondson, and managers Amber Handshoe and Janae Norris.
After all the awards recognition, the board approved the graduation date for June 3 at 3 p.m. The board also approved the FFA 2012 program of activities. The FFA was also recognized for being the top chapter in the district for the third year in a row, followed by DeKalb and Columbia City.