By Marlana Ward
Students representing the highest academic performers in grades six, eight, and 12 from all county schools were recognized on the evening of May 2nd, 2016 as the Presidential Academic Excellence Awards were given out at Johnson County High School (JCHS).
As the families entered the commons area, the Johnson County Middle School Vocal Intensity Group performed a selection of up-tempo hits. Once the participants and their families entered the gym, they were greeted by junior ushers Rebekah Dugger, Joshua Dunn, Brianne Ward, Isabella Dunn, Spencer Stanley, Arizona Woodard, and Montana Woodard.
Angie Wills, Supervisor of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction welcomed all those in attendance. Paula Norton, Supervisor of Special Education, took time to give special recognition to a number of guests and sponsors who supported the night’s events.
Senior Bailey Spencer came to the podium to sing our national anthem as hands went over hearts in a time of reverence. Senior Will Sutherland followed by leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Dr. Stephen Long, Supervisor of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, introduced the school system’s fine arts representatives. The talented bluegrass performers of Sugar Creek Jam directed by Mike Taylor offered two selections followed by the JCHS band’s performance of two musical pieces under the direction of Director Jacob Pitts.
Director of Schools Dr. Mischelle Simcox approached the podium and encouraged the students seated before her, “Do not be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” Simcox praised the students for their hard work and expressed her hopes for them to continue their superb performance for years to come.
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