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Washington Irving Middle School held their 24th Annual Academic Honors Banquet Sunday May 5 at the school. The banquet was established in 1995 to encourage students to work beyond the Honor Roll status. Founded on the notion that if the top is attractive many students will aim to achieve it. To improve a school, you must begin at the top.
The top 15% of students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades were honored at the academic banquet for maintaining at least a 3.875 throughout the school year. The ceremony honored 39 who received the WIMS Academic Recognition for the first time, 36 students who received the Recognition for the second time, and 12 students who maintained the honor for three (3) consecutive years. Honorees receive a plaque each year, and each year honored the plaque size grows. The 12 students who maintained the Academic Honors for three (3) consecutive years received an 8”x10” plaque.
In addition to the honors ceremony and dinner, students and parents heard from keynote speaker, Jim Hunt. Hunt spoke to attendees about writing down their goals and compared the students’ life journey to taking a trip. You must have the necessary tools to take a trip, the same way you must have the necessary tools to succeed in life. Whether it be attending a college or university or a vocational school one must first obtain their high school diploma, the first step in moving towards a successful life. He explained to students to always do more than what you’re tasked with to be successful. Hunt used the example of running an extra lap at sports practice to help better yourself