Princeton Times


November 30, 2012

Mercer County Board of Education salutes student achievement

PRINCETON — The Mercer County Board of Education meeting was unusually crowded Tuesday.

The board was scheduled to honor students that had achieved the highest level of recognition on last year’s WESTest 2. Nine of those students and their families joined the session to accept pins and certificates of recognition.

President Greg Prudich said that honoring the students was his favorite part of the board meeting. He used the opportunity to explain the difficulty of the students’ achievement to their parents.

“What these young people have done is remarkable,” Prudich said. “I don’t think there’s an adult here that could score distinguished on all four tests. It’s likely that these people up here are going to be doctors, lawyers, engineers and maybe even president.”

Vice President Gilbert “Gene” Bailey said he also wanted to commend the students’ parents and guardians for helping them to achieve on the pressure packed test.

“This is always the best part of the meeting,” Prudich told the audience.

Students were recognized, along with the school they took the test at: Brady Ellison (Bluefield Intermediate), Nathan Nichols and Anna Williams (Bluefield Middle), Beth Hopkins (Mercer), Nicholas Straub-Deck and Edward “Teddy” White (PikeView Middle School), Jessica Mullins (Princeton Middle), and Lake Young and Kyle Shrewsbury (Straley).

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