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Farmington recognizes district excellence

The Farmington Board of Education met in regular session Tuesday night to recognize student and staff excellence from throughout the year.

The meeting began with High School Principal Dr. Nathan Hostetler recognizing students who had scored above 30 on the ACT test.

“That will put them in the top 6 or 7 percent of students in the state, depending on the state average for the year,” Hostetler explained. “These are some remarkable young men and women with some remarkable futures ahead of them.”

The recognized students include Jacob Oyler, Kaia Schott, Gavin Cummins, Meghan Barnhouse, Rylan LaChance, Nicholas Goodson, Kayli Ballew, Kim Ramos, Brad McEntire, Abigail Carter, Taylor Tucker, Brandon Ladd, Sarah Longworth and Moira Kurtz.

Next, Dr. Diana Mays-Nielson introduced students from the Speech and Debate team who excelled at district and state competitions.

The Policy Debate Team, made up of Ryan Fuemmeler and Emmagyn Parton were district champions and went on to state competition. The Public Forum Team, including Kaia Schott and Gracie Trokey were also district champions and went on to state competition.

Dr. Brian Reeves next introduced students involved in Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE), who placed second at regionals and were unable to compete at the state level because of budget cuts at the university level, though the club has taken third place in state competition three times in the last four years.

In Chemistry, Brandon Ladd took second and Taylor Tucker, Sarah Longworth and Gavin Cummins tied for third. In Math, Brandon Ladd and Sarah Longworth tied for second. In English, Kim Ramos took second and Kassandra Ramos took third.

In Biology, Kim Ramos took first place and Taylor Tucker took second. In Engineering Graphics, Nick Goodson took first, Aleasia Ryan took second and Abigail Cassimatis and Rothman Harris tied for third. In Computer Science Nick Goodson took first and Abigail Cassimatis took third.

Next, Courtney McIntyre introduced Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) students who attended the Missouri State HOSA Leadership Conference at Missouri S&T in Rolla. Kimberly Ramos placed first in Biomedical Laboratory Skills, Corinne Myers, Kassandra Ramos, Aleasia Ryan and Bri Speakar placed first in Creative Problem Solving and Brailey White took third place in Medical Spelling.

Col. Randy Sparks then introduced the new leaders of the Farmington Air Force JROTC program, Katie Hovis, Paige Anderson and Alex Wade.

“They have large shoes to fill, in that this year we were recognized for our ninth consecutive Distinguished Unit Award,” Sparks said. “So, out of 14 years of existence, this unit has won that award 12 times, nine years in a row. I’m confident these young people will keep that tradition alive.”

Dr. Reeves next introduced students on the High School Varsity Scholar Bowl Team who were undefeated in MAAA conference competition and took second in districts. Team Captain Brandon Ladd was named all-district and all-conference. Other team members included Nick Goodson, Devin Chau, Kimberly Ramos, Kenzie Holland, Gavin Cummins, Kassandra Ramos, Ryan Fuemmeler, Brailey White and Hau Phan.

Moving on to staff recognition, Farmington Middle School Principal Dustin Jenkerson introduced the Junior High Counselor of the Year, Teresa Moore.

“There are three things that it takes in the nomination process,” Jenkerson explained. “Those are: outstanding service achievement, major contributions to school counselors and demonstration of leadership in professional school counseling.

Jenkerson said Moore has earned her recognition through service to students and other faculty in a variety of arenas, including school beautification projects, taking students’ needs to heart and fighting against drug and alcohol use.

Transportation Manager Stacy Williams next recognized Bus Driver Max Hardy for his continued dedication to serving the school district.

“I can’t say enough about Max,” Williams said. “He’s not only a bus driver, but he does our mail route as well, which is very intense now.”

Williams said Hardy started with the district as a bus driver in 2009, is also a pastor at a church in Park Hills and engages students on his bus by drawing his own coloring sheets for the students.

Washington-Franklin Elementary Principal Dr. Lori Lamb then introduced the first grade teacher Beth Black, the Farmington School District Teacher of the Year Award.

Lamb said Black began her career with Farmington as a paraprofessional, moved to alternative education, then moved on to Lincoln Intermediate School to teach fifth grade. She transferred to Washington-Franklin Elementary a year later to teach first grade.

Lamb pointed to Black’s work with curriculum, professional development and staff mentoring as the obvious reasons she received the distinction.

“She’s the type of leader who openly shares her immense knowledge with anyone,” Lamb said. “And she listens to advice when it’s given, because she is that teacher who embodies ‘Every Student, Every Day.’ She genuinely cares about every single student every single day.”

Finally, the board recognized retiring faculty from the district, including Susan Barber, Donna Freeman, Lisa Denman, Tammy Warren, Andrea Pruett, Andrea Richardson, Sue Sweeney, Kate Thurman, Mary Green, Pam McGrael and Mike Reeves.

High School students who scored a 30 or greater are recognized during the Tuesday meeting of the Farmington Board of Education.

High School students who scored a 30 or greater are recognized during the Tuesday meeting of the Farmington Board of Education.

Dr. Diana Mays-Nielson introduces Speech and Debate Team students who excelled during the school year.

Dr. Diana Mays-Nielson introduces Speech and Debate Team students who excelled during the school year.

Dr. Brian Reeves recognizes WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) students who competed and placed at regionals this year.

Dr. Brian Reeves recognizes WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) students who competed and placed at regionals this year.

Col. Randy Sparks introduces the new leaders of the Farmington Air Force JROTC Program during Tuesday's meeting of the Farmington Board of Education.

Col. Randy Sparks introduces the new leaders of the Farmington Air Force JROTC Program during Tuesday’s meeting of the Farmington Board of Education.

Farmington Middle School Principal Dustin Jenkerson introduces the Junior High Counselor of the Year, Teresa Moore.

Farmington Middle School Principal Dustin Jenkerson introduces the Junior High Counselor of the Year, Teresa Moore.

District Transportation Manager Stacy Williams recognizes Bus Driver Max Hardy for his continued service to the school district.

District Transportation Manager Stacy Williams recognizes Bus Driver Max Hardy for his continued service to the school district.

Washington-Franklin Elementary Principal Dr. Lori Lamb introduces the District Teacher of the Year, First Grade Teacher Beth Black.

Washington-Franklin Elementary Principal Dr. Lori Lamb introduces the District Teacher of the Year, First Grade Teacher Beth Black.

Associate Superintendent Dr. Ashley Krause recognizes retiring members of the Farmington School District Tuesday night.

Associate Superintendent Dr. Ashley Krause recognizes retiring members of the Farmington School District Tuesday night.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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