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Board recognizes student achievement

The Central R-3 Board of Education took time during its regular meeting on Monday to recognize middle school and high school students who have distinguished themselves in a variety of extracurricular activities.

First, Special Resources Instructor Matt McMillian introduced two of the 37 athletes who competed in a Special Olympics event in May.

“We had 37 athletes compete in our local Special Olympics games in May,” McMillian said. “They competed and trained really hard, they fell down, they got back up and they just did really good work.”

Present for recognition were Ashlynn Stevens and Ladasia Alley.

Next, Band Director Brad Glore recognized all-conference band and choir students.

Art Teacher Melody Banger then recognized Olivia Manford and Reagan Duncan, two students whose pieces were entered into the Mineral Area Art Competition at Mineral Area College. Banger said more than 40 middle school pieces were entered in the competition, with six students bringing home nine ribbons.

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) sponsor Mark Casey then introduced student members of the organization Dawson Day and Jordan Jackson who recently attended a JAG convention in Jefferson City.

Glore then recognized high school choir students who had excelled during the year, including Tori Trolinger, Karissa Obenauer, Hannah Duncan, Grace O’Dell, Abbey Barton, Owen Boyer, Reilly Noll, Michael Cantrell, Taylor Trolinger and Cherith Laubinger in addition to band students Chance Inman, Grace O’Dell, Mika Shipman and Caleb Williford.

Glore also introduced high school golfer Trevor Bradley, who Glore said led the golf team in every category. Glore said Bradley took 11th place at a Poplar Bluff tournament, 5th at a Farmington tournament, 2nd at a Ste. Genevieve tournament, was MAAA conference individual champion, co-medaled at the district tournament, qualified for state by placing 3rd in the sectional tournament and tied for 8th place at Old Kinderhook, being named All-State Class 3.

Jamie Weiss then recognized speech, theatre and debate students who had excelled at district contests, in addition to Mikayla Watkins and Andrew Wyrick who went on to compete at state contest.

Greg Noble then recognized Kimmy Wallen and Yancy McCarron, who had both entered art pieces into the St. Louis Holocaust Museum Art Contest and placed. Noble said the contest receives over 500 entries from the region, with Wallen winning first and McCarron winning second, both in the same category. Wallen was awarded a $300 prize and McCarron was awarded a $200 prize.

Art Teacher Andy Henson then introduced high school students who participated in the Mineral Area Art Show at Mineral Area College. Henson said over 50 pieces were entered by Central High School students, with six pieces placing.

Mackenzie Miller placed third in photography, Kaley Roney placed 3rd in sculpture, Danyelle Klempert placed 1st in open media, 2D for a hole-punch self-portrait 2nd in open mixed media for a piece inspired by coral. Yancy McCarron placed 1st in the black and white category for a crosshatch skull piece and placed 1st in open media 3D for a wood-burning portrait.

In other business, the board approved a bread bid from Holloway Distribution and a milk bid from Prairie Farms. The board also approved a copier lease bid from Marco, a server bid from SomethingCool.com and a Chromebook bid from DHE Computer Systems.

Jobs for America's Graduates students are recognized after attending a JAG conference in Jefferson City. From left to right: JAG Sponsor Mark Casey, Dawson Day and Jordan Jackson.

Jobs for America’s Graduates students are recognized after attending a JAG conference in Jefferson City. From left to right: JAG Sponsor Mark Casey, Dawson Day and Jordan Jackson.

Special Resources Instructor Matt McMillian recognizes Special Olympics Athletes Ashlynn Stevens (center) and Ladasia Alley (right).

Special Resources Instructor Matt McMillian recognizes Special Olympics Athletes Ashlynn Stevens (center) and Ladasia Alley (right).

Art Teacher Andy Henson recognized art students Yancy McCarron (center) and Danyelle Klempert (right) for their excellence at the Mineral Area Art Contest.

Art Teacher Andy Henson recognized art students Yancy McCarron (center) and Danyelle Klempert (right) for their excellence at the Mineral Area Art Contest.

Art Teacher Melody Banger and students Olivia Manford (center) and Reagan Duncan (right) are recognized for the students' excellence at the Mineral Area Art Competition.

Art Teacher Melody Banger and students Olivia Manford (center) and Reagan Duncan (right) are recognized for the students’ excellence at the Mineral Area Art Competition.

Trevor Bradley, pictured with Brad Glore, is recognized for his excellence throughout the golf season, ending with Bradley being named All-State, Class 3.

Trevor Bradley, pictured with Brad Glore, is recognized for his excellence throughout the golf season, ending with Bradley being named All-State, Class 3.

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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