The Briarwood Academy Upper Elementary School Honors Day program was held on Thursday, May 17, the final day of school, to recognize third, fourth and fifth graders for outstanding achievement.
Fifth grader English Coit was winner of the Awesome Reader award, which is presented annually to the top reader in grades one through six. She earned 467 points through the national Accelerated Reader program used by Briarwood. In the AR program, students select and read a book geared to their reading level and then take a nationally standardized test on the computer to earn points.
A trophy for being the top reader in the fourth grade was awarded to Cecilia Walker and for the third grade to Taylor Murray.
Students who met their AR goal during each of the four nine weeks include: fifth graders English Coit, Thomas James and Dylan Wright; fourth graders Kylie Guy, Kaycie Kersey, Shelby Patterson, Abby Sandifer and Cecilia Walker; and third graders Maggie Graham, Ty Gunter, Sarah Gayle Hammond, Sage Havrilla, Andrea Hill, Austin Jones, Mason Kent, Tori Langham, Taylor May, Taylor Murray, Chappell Powell, Jessica Purcell, Allen Rogers, Morgan Sherrer, Will Smith, Amber Spivey, Leah Wangness, Kate Wells and Cassidy Wright.
Fifth graders Mayleigh Adams and Clarke Shelton, fourth graders Jack Russell and Cameron Stadler and third graders Jessica Purcell and Allen Rogers were selected by their teachers to receive the Citizenship Award based on their interaction with other students at lunch and at recess. Courtesy, respectfulness, neatness, attitude towards school, respect for other's property and overall conduct were considered in determining the recipients.
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) recognizes talented students in the fourth and fifth grade who scored at the 90th percentile or above on a grade level standardized achievement, aptitude or mental ability test. Students who qualified to participate in the program include: fourth graders Kylie Guy, Austin Hardy, Perry Hicks, Cami House, Kaycie Kersey, Shelby Patterson and Will Wilkes, and fifth graders Tiffany Pate, Clarke Shelton and Brook Stewart.
Students who received subject area awards for having the highest average in a particular subject included fifth grade: Savannah Carroll - Reading, Language, Spelling, Science, Social Studies; Thomas James - Reading; Jordan O'Connor - Language, Spelling, Science; Tiffany Pate - Reading, Math; Dylan Wright - Reading; fourth grade: Kylie Guy - Language, Spelling, Math, Social Studies; Abby Sandifer - Reading, Language, Spelling, Math, Social Studies; Science; and third grade: Maggie Graham - Spelling, Science; Amber Spivey - Math; Kate Wells - Science; Cassidy Wright - Reading, Language, Social Studies.
Briarwood music director Jeanie Joesbury presented the Music Award for excellence in the choral program to third grader Morgan Sherrer. Morgan is currently the youngest member of the prestigious Augusta Children's Chorale.
Fifth graders English Coit, Cami House, Brooke McGahee and Brook Stewart and fourth graders Jack Russell and Adam Walden were selected to receive the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. The award recognizes fourth and fifth graders who show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects. It is to recognize students who work hard and give their best effort.
Fourth and fifth graders were eligible for the President's Award for Educational Excellence, which recognizes academic success in the classroom. To receive the award, students must have earned a GPA of 90 or above and scored in the 85th percentile in math or reading on a nationally standardized test. Students receiving the award included: fifth graders Brittany Ashley, Savannah Carroll, Thomas James, Tad McCorkle, Jordan O'Connor, Tiffany Pate, Clarke Shelton, Mackenzie Simpkins and Dylan Wright, and fourth graders Reagan Dyson, Kylie Guy, Austin Hardy, Perry Hicks, Aaron Johnson, Kaycie Kersey, Matthew Mooney, Shelby Patterson, Abby Sandifer, Cameron Stadler, Chandler Tolbert, Cecilia Walker, McKenzie Whitaker and Will Wilkes.
Students are eligible for the Honor Roll with an average of 90 or above with no grade below a 90 for each of the four nine-weeks grading periods. Third through fifth graders who were recognized for this accomplishment included fifth graders Savannah Carroll, Thomas James, Tad McCorkle, Jordan O'Connor, Tiffany Pate, Clarke Shelton and Dylan Wright; fourth graders Kylie Guy, Perry Hicks, Aaron Johnson, Kaycie Kersey, Matthew Mooney, Shelby Patterson, Abby Sandifer, Cameron Stadler, Adam Walden, Cecilia Walker and McKenzie Whitaker; and third graders Maggie Graham, Sarah Gayle Hammond, Andrea Hill, Chappell Powell, Dakota Reese, Allen Rodgers, Amber Spivey, Kate Wells and Cassidy Wright.
Students are eligible for the Merit List with an average of 80 or above with no grade below an 80 for each of the four nine-weeks grading periods. Third through fifth graders who were recognized for this accomplishment include fifth graders Brittany Ashley, English Coit, Kayla Garrison, Tripp Greer, Cami House, Brooke McGahee, Copeland Price, Mackenzie Simpkins, Bryce Sowell and Brook Stewart; fourth graders Hunter Banks, Reagan Dyson, Austin Hardy, Taylor Johnson, Lauren Langford, Jack Russell, Chandler Tolbert, Justin Tucker and Will Wilkes: and third graders Sage Havrilla, Austin Jones, Mason Kent, Tori Langham, Taylor May, Taylor Murray, Jessica Purcell, Lathan Roberson, Morgan Sherrer and Will Smith.
Perfect Attendance awards were presented to students who excelled in attendance by not missing a day of school. Fifth grader Dalton Banks received a certificate for two years of Perfect Attendance. Students recognized for one year of Perfect Attendance include third graders Lilly Cushman, Grant Messenger and Leah Wangness, and fourth grader Grayson Rhodes.