The brightest and hardest-working students of Flora High School were honored on Saturday night at the annual Flora Academic Foundation Banquet, which took place in the FHS commons beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The event is held annually to showcase what the FAF does in the school district, but more importantly, to honor those students who achieve the most academically in Flora Schools.
“Tonight is when we celebrate the hard work of our students,” said Bill Atwood of North Wayne Insurance, the event’s emcee and President of the FAF. “So many students quietly go home, to do their homework and get the grades and they don’t get the spotlight. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight is when we give them the spotlight.”
Atwood and the FAF also gave out special recognition awards, the first of which went to FAF Unit Office Liason Maureen Tolliver. “The lady that helps glue all of this together is non other than Maureen Tolliver,” said Atwood, saying that Tolliver, “Not only does what she does so well, but she does it with a friendly voice and a great attitude.”
Reading from the plaque on Tolliver’s award, Atwood said, “Your organizational skills and cooperation are an invaluable part of the Flora Academic Board, and you are greatly appreciated. The students of Flora Unit number 35 benefit greatly from your efforts.”
The FAF also honored Southwire, a local business partner and the Flora Rotary Club, a local organization, for their work and donations to the FAF.
Also recognized were those who had helped to donate scholarships to the FAF. These included local donor Judith Mearns.
Recognized in a pair of solemn moments were the families of both Corinna Dodge and Bryce Rinehart, both FHS students who passed away during 2010.
Pointing to the annual report, copies of which were left at every seat at the event, Atwood said, “When you look at this, you realize that every single child benefitted from the actions of the Flora Academic Foundation...that means something.”
“This program works, but it works because of people like you, and I just wanted to say, thank you very much.”
Of the students who were honored, the first were the Flora High School Scholastic Bowl Team, introduced by their coaches Linda Hutcheson and Jennifer Melton.
The Scholastic Bowl Team includes Darren Henson, Eric Kline, Ashley McKnight, Dalton Henson, Dalton Pate, Emily White, Thomas Bate, Courtney Petty, Rayden Moore and Seth Harrison.
Next, Principal Darrell Gummert introduced the Illinois State Scholars. State scholars are named based on their ACT scores, their class rank and their grade point average.
The Illinois State Scholars from Flora High School are Kyle Beckham, Joy Gorrell, Clay Henson, Kelsie Hostettler, Kristen Poole and James Rinehart.
Page 2 of 2 - Finally, Gummert recognized those students on the high honor roll. These students have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 to 4.0
Freshman high honors students included, Olivia Booth, Colleen McMahon, Courtney Petty, Gideon Raley, Adriana Tienda, Danny Li, Megan Hout, Alyssa Stanford, Morgan Gindlesberger, Hannah Bute, Marissa Wagley, Malachi Raley, Megan Levitt, Ethan Leib, Trenton Pearce and Morgan VanHyning.
Sophomore High Honors Students included, Lizabeth Engelmeier, Jessica Gaither, Lenora Breeden, Irene Asensio Gudina, Isaura Carro, Eli Connell, Tyler McDowell, Kaitlin Glassford, Cory Moore, Clayton Walden, Brendan Thomas, Taylor Postin and Thomas Bates.
Juniors on the high honor roll include, Hannah Fox, Lauren Putbrese, Dexter Burgess, Jordan Laker, Dillon Orel, Helen Leib, Hunter, Harrell, Anna Henson, Courtney Saatkamp, Scott Pieplow, Andrew Gonzalez, Meredith Wagley, Marissa Barker, Morgan Curtis, Stephanie Greenwood, Yesenia Lopez, Moises Carro and Landon Eade.
Finally Seniors who were on the high honor roll included, Kelsie Hostettler, Clayton Henson, Kristen Poole, Shanae Mayberry, Amber Feldhake, Emily Chaney, Hannah Leib, Kendra Shadle, Moriah Ord, Kyle Beckham, Joy Gorrell, James Rinehart, Cristian Hannell, Rebecca Blake, Tad Thompson, Marisa Broz, Paige Allen, Chelsea Allen, Olivia Curtis, Amber Davis, Hannah Golden, Andrew Milligan, Hannah Davis, Bronson Shehorn, Kole Greenwood, Heather Hamilton and Haley Nolen.