Written by John Plestina
Northside Elementary School sixth-graders who received the Presidential Award of Educational Excellence were (from left to right) Jed Boysun, Nick Page, Bryor Smith, Journey Erickson and Gabby Hansen. (Photos by John Plestina)
Northside Elementary School sixth-graders who received the Presidential Award of Educational Achievement were (from left to right) Hannah Steele, Sammy Brunelle, Lindsay Nefzger, Daniel Kuszmaul and Alex Sutton. Randy Russette, Jacob Weinberger and Annabella White Horse are not pictured.
The largest number of Northside Elementary School sixth-graders to receive the Presidential Academic Award in four years were awarded Thursday, June 5.
Fourteen students in the sixth grade class, which is 20 percent, qualified.
Five of the 14 earned the Gold Excellence Award. They are: Nick Page, Bryor Smith, Gabreal Hansen, Jed Boyson and Journey Erickson.
Nine students earned the silver achievement award: Randy Russette, Daniel Kuszmaul, Lindsay Nefzger, Alexandrea Sutton, Hannah Steele, Samantha Brunelle, Jacob Weinberger, Annabella White Horse and Devin Azure.
Those 14 students are advanced more than a grade level above sixth grade proficiency in scores on both math and reading state assessments. They have demonstrated the same level of proficiency in the classroom.
Principal Hannah Nieskens read a letter from President Barack Obama recognizing the students academic achievement.
“This is the most awards we have given out at Northside,” Nieskens said. “We’ve never had more than five, so 14 kids in one class is really amazing.”