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Upshur County Superintendent Dr. Sara Lewis Stankus presents Washington District Elementary School pre-K student Wade Currence with an Upshur Star during Tuesday’s Upshur County BOE meeting. / All photos by Beth Christian Broschart

BOE commends Upshur Stars who gleam at Washington District Elementary School

TALLMANSVILLE – Upshur County Board of Education members recently learned about the shining Upshur Stars that make Washington District Elementary School bright during their regular BOE meeting Tuesday, Oct. 26.  

Dr. Sara Lewis Stankus, superintendent of Upshur County Schools, presented each recipient with their Upshur Star while WDES Principal Gabrielle Rhodes shared what made each nominee a bright spot in the school.

First, Rhodes introduced Wade Currence, who she said shows excitement for learning and exploring every day.

“Even during the worst days of school when pre-K students feel homesick and miss their parents, Wade helps others by telling them they can do this,” Rhodes said. “He says he knows Mommy will pick him up at the end of the day. He makes friends easily and loves trying out new things in the classroom. Wade’s laughter and enthusiasm is wonderful to see and hear. Congratulations, Wade.”

The next Upshur Star was presented to Bryson Herron, who was described as a PAX Leader who makes others feel important.

Dr. Sara Lewis Stankus presents Bryson Herron with an Upshur Star during Tuesday’s Upshur County Board of Education meeting held at Washington District Elementary School.

“We do several partner activities each day, and Bryson is sure to look at and listen to his partner each time,” Rhodes said. “This is important to understanding peers and sharing what peers are thinking.”

Blake Tenney received an Upshur Star next for his ‘willingness to try even when something is difficult for him.’

“He is a PAX Leader who perseveres in challenges,” Rhodes said. “He is a good role model for his classmates and shows them they can do their things.”

Blake Tenney receives an Upshur Star for his perseverance and ability to accept challenges and for being a good role model.

Rhodes introduced kindergarten student Adelynn Tenney next and presented her with an Upshur Star. Rhodes said Adelynn is an eager learner.

“She soaks in all that she hears and sees and then applies that to what she needs to do,” Rhodes said. “This PAX Leader will try and try again with a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She gets excited when she accomplishes something new, which inspires her classmates. Congratulations, Adelynn.”

Adelynn Tenney is recognized as an Upshur Star at the most recent Upshur County Board of Education meeting for always having a smile on her face and possessing a positive attitude.

Wesley Hoover was recognized and received an Upshur Star. He was nominated by his physical education instructor who said Wesley showed ‘great improvement in PE Class.’

“He has been a PAX Leader for showing respect and following directions,” Rhodes said of Wesley.

Wesley Hoover receives an Upshur Star from Upshur County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sara Lewis Stankus during the regular Upshur County Board of Education meeting held at Washington District Elementary School. WDES Principal said Wesley is a PAX Leader for following directions and showing respect.

Rhodes introduced Harper Smith who was described as eager, excited and enthusiastic – the epitome of a PAX Leader and of a model student at Washington District Elementary School. Harper received an Upshur Star from Stankus. Her PE teacher wrote it is an ‘honor and a privilege to have Harper as a student.’

An Upshur Star was presented to Harper Smith who is always eager, excited and enthusiastic.

The next Upshur Star went to Indie Garrison because of her love for art classes. Rhodes said Indie is a good student.

“She always participates and is attentive in class,” Rhodes said. “She always tries really hard to make her artwork the best.”

Indie Garrison receives an Upshur Star at the Upshur County Board of Education meeting. Washington District Elementary School Principal Gabrielle Rhodes read that Indie deserves an Upshur Star because of her love of art.

An Upshur Star was presented to Chase Leigh who was described by Rhodes as someone who is ‘always kind and just loves school.’

“Chase says that everyday and he loves to come every day,” Rhodes said. “He runs and skips into the doorway to the school. Chase is happy and spreads that happiness to teachers and students alike.”

Chase Leigh receives an Upshur Star because of his love for school and because he is always kind.

Next in the spotlight and selected to receive an Upshur Star was Bryar Kelley.

“Bryar always does what he is asked to do,” Rhodes read. “He is an example of a great PAX Leader. He is a great friend to everyone and always tries his best and is kind to others always.”

Bryar Kelley is recognized and receives an Upshur Star for being a good friend and being kind always.

WDES student Jase Tenney received an Upshur Star for being a motivated learner.

“Jase is ready to learn new things,” Rhodes read. “Jase’s curiosity about how words are spelled sparks a new love for reading. Jase – we hope you never lose this love for learning.”

Jase Tenney is described as a ‘motivated learner’ who is always ready to learn new things. Jase was recognized for his outstanding behavior and received an Upshur Star.

Next, Rhodes introduced Ariel Glasser who was described as ‘a great addition in the art classes.’ Ariel received an Upshur Star from Stankus.

Ariel Glasser receives an Upshur Star during the Oct. 26 Upshur County Board of Education meeting. Ariel is always prepared and ready to learn – and her actions earned her an Upshur Star.

“Ariel comes to school prepared and ready to learn,” Rhodes read. “She takes pride in everything that is asked of her, and Ariel always continues to be a role model for everyone in Washington District Elementary School.”

Finally, Octavian Bouscher received an Upshur Star.

“Octavian is a wonderful addition to the classroom,” Rhodes read. “Octavian excels in math and really shows a love for learning every day. He is a PAX Leader who keeps the peace and is a friend to everyone.”

Octavian Bouscher is recognized and receives an Upshur Star for being a friend to everyone.

The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Board of Education is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Community members are invited to a public informational session about the proposed new comprehensive career-technical high school and renovated middle school that will begin at 5 p.m., directly before the regular BOE meeting.

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