Board Recognizes Outstanding Students

The following students were celebrated for their achievements at the regular meeting of the Cabell County Board of Education August 1, 2017
Posted on 08/10/2017

Dylan Hoffman, a sophomore from Cabell Midland High School attended the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University which was held June 25 to June 30, 2017.

As National Youth Delegate Dylan took part in a week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation.  Hoffman was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

Herald-Dispatch and Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital Summer Essay Contest.

Quinlan Doddridge (not pictured), a 2nd grader at Spring Hill Elementary, was the winner of week one for her essay “My Plans for the Summer”.

The topic for week two was titled “My Favorite Pet Would Be”.  Caydance Snell, a 1st grader at Hite-Saunders Elementary took top honors for her essay about her favorite pet being a sloth.  She said “My mom tells me that I move slow like my dad. She must think we are both sloths.” 

Third grader, Kennedy Fisher of Village of Barboursville Elementary authored her winning essay about “What I Want to be When I Grow up”.  Kennedy plans on using skills she learned from her Gramma and Nana to become a chef and to open an Italian restaurant.  If you are interested in learning how to make her famous pasta dish check out her essay online at the Herald Dispatch. 

During the same week, Daevion Wilson, a 5th grader at Spring Hill Elementary, penned his winning essay in the 4th and 5th grade division, “What I Want to be When I Grow up”.  Daevion aspires to be an Environmental Scientist.  According to Daevion “Once I am an environmental scientist I will help the world from pollution, I will travel and study, then go back to the lab and figure out what the cause of the pollution is.”

Also writing on the same essay topic, “What I Want to be When I Grow Up”, Tucker Watson, a 7th grader at Milton Middle School, took top honors in the 6th through 8th grade division. Tucker wrote “Most kids my age will tell you that they want to do jobs like be an astronaut or a football player, but not me. I would rather do something to help kids escape the hardships of life and run away into a story. I would rather be an author.” 

The last week of the essay contest focused on “Heroes”.  Kyah Perkins, a 3rd grader at Southside Elementary, was the winner of this week for 1st through 3rd grade.  Kyah wrote “A hero to me is someone that works hard to achieve their dreams. A hero is someone who is kind and respectful to other people. A hero is nice and helpful. A hero has courage. A hero is someone you admire and someone you want to be like when you grow up. A hero is someone who has achieved great things and someone who tries hard to do the right thing. My hero is Olympic gold medalist gymnast Simone Biles.”

Carlasha Johnson, a 4th grader at Spring Hill Elementary, earned the top award for her essay “Heroes” for grades 4th through 5th.  Carlasha’s hero is her mother.  She said these words about her hero “I think that a hero is someone who inspires people to be nice, to encourage others, and who make you feel good about yourself and who wants you to be a better person. My mom will always be my hero because she does all of these things for me and more”.

Eighth grade Huntington Middle School student, Miriam Crookshanks, wowed the Herald Dispatch with her winning “Heroes” essay winning the top spot for 6th through 8th grade.  “Alexander Hamilton was a dreamer…. Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, would have to be my next hero. He took Alexander Hamilton’s life, and turned it into a production of “America then” told by “America now”.  “In conclusion, Hamilton and Miranda are both big influences for many different people such as myself. Hamilton took a problem and solved it with the many obstacles that stood in the way. He was an illegitimate child that had survived an illness that took his mother, a hurricane, and the war. Miranda has taken a story and flipped it into something that any age, gender, or race can relate to. I personally hope to make a difference as big as they have and possibly change a problem with Civil Rights”.

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