By: Bonnie Davis Guy
Monday May 4, 2015 Johnson County High School was the site for parents, students, guests, teachers, and administrators to gather for an evening of celebration of the academic and fine arts accomplishments of county students in sixth, eighth, and twelfth grades. Presidential Academic Excellence Award winners must have a grade point average of 3.5- 4.0, no suspensions during the present school year, and achievement test scores in the 85th percentile or higher in math and reading/language arts. This year not only did a record number of county students receive awards but an overwhelming majority of those students were two and three time winners.
The music of JCMS Vocal Intensity Group could be heard as attendees entered the commons area. Nancy Davis is the director of this group of vocalists. Supervisor of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction Angie Wills welcomed the audience and Supervisor of Special Education Paula Norton recognized and welcomed special guests such as State Representative Timothy Hill, Bart Roark from Maymead, the Johnson County School Board members, and representatives from both city and county government. Roark spoke to the audience and recipients on behalf of Maymead who sponsored the plaques that the award winners were to receive. Next up was Lorie Plank, supervisor of the Headstart and Pre-K programs, who introduced soloists Julia Jenkins and Connor Long who sang the National Anthem. JCHS senior and school board representative Abigail Reece then lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Dr. Stephen Long who is the supervisor of secondary curriculum and instruction, introduced the fine arts representatives and entertainment for the evening. First up was Roan Creeks very talented students of the Six-String Social Club who both sang and played guitar. JCHS Band under the direction of Jacob Pitts then played two selections, In Endless Song and Chant and Savage Dance. Next the JCHS Players treated the audience to a scene from their production of Grease directed by Michael Eggers.
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