Northdale students ride a wave to excellence

Students “rode the wave of excellence” to be recognized April 26 at Northdale Middle School’s eighth annual People’s Choice awards ceremony.

Northdale Middle School student Michael Demps provided entertainment on the keyboard prior to the school’s annual People’s Choice awards ceremony April 26.

Northdale Middle School student Michael Demps provided entertainment on the keyboard prior to the school’s annual People’s Choice awards ceremony April 26.

Some 50 students from all grades were nominated by teachers/staff to receive a People’s Choice Award for “outstanding commitment and service to Northdale Middle School this school year.”

The students had to meet one or more criteria – academic achievement, positive behavior, improvement, positive character, citizenship, school spirit and leadership.

In addition, special exceptional awards were presented to another group of students in recognition of their success in various activities such as spelling and geography bees, honors music programs, math contest, physical fitness records and essay winners, among others.

According to Principal Laurie Jacklitch, the People Choice awards ceremony is a special night to celebrate student achievement.

And the number of parents attending the April 26 event, in which a cake and punch social preceded the awards ceremony, was one of the best in terms of numbers in the eight-year history of the program, Jacklitch said.

“This is a very special recognition and all about the students,” she said.

The People’s Choice awards are a component of the school’s Renaissance program, which according to the school’s website is an approach to education that encourages students to excel in academics, demonstrate positive behavior and achieve their goals.

“It recognizes educators as valued professionals and increases the involvement of parents and businesses,” the website states.

The Renaissance program concept is community based, not only at the school but in the larger community of Coon Rapids, Jacklitch said.

“The school can’t do it alone,” she said. “We need parents and businesses to support our programs.”

Students earning People’s Choice awards were Isabelle Vinson, Daniel Monaghan, Safire Thao, Cassie Lundin, Hailey Drometer, Jonathan Upton, Ariana Lewis, Thomas Shogren, Miche’le Hankerson-Gates, Chance Vang, Alexandra Rollins, Martika Hurreh, Daniella Ekongo, Wayne Doe, Isaiah Wilson, Fernando Camillo, Gregory Cramer, Storm Losee, Gashia Vue, Thomas Fjeld, Michael Demps, Parker Drieman, Taylor Garves, Leyna Do, Julie Cheeks, Joel Sagbo, Sean Kanten, Cassandra Power, Ethan Flaa, Austin Larson, Noah Hime, Adrianna Richards, Alec Schroeder, Laura FitzSimons, Malaysia Keller, Ebony Muse, Allisa Vang, Jordan Lindahl-Borowick, Selma Demirovich, Jhonatan Hinojosa, Mason Gaskins, Nautika Mack, David Haugan, Stephanie Ostendorf, Daniel Richards, Anthony Flowers, Amelia Hausker and Emma Symanski.

Exceptional award winners recognized were Justin Ly, Alyssa Schultz, Maddi Specht, Isabelle Hemmila, Leyna Do, Emilee Brandt, Brittney Allen, Lindsey Meyers, Julie Bittner, Jaclyn Buechele, Kendra Haller, Caeley Hanson, Amelia Luckow, Carter Mickelson, Collin Rodmyre, Sabrina Shaw, Vivian Tran, James Aho, Amelia Hausker, Juliette Murphy, Julia Robberstad, Saolia Tucker, Angela Birr, Enesca Daskalyuk, Kenedie Hamer, Isabelle Hendry, Huy Tran, Samantha Janecek, Michelle O’Rourke, Lauryn Robberstad, Courtney Schnur, james Symanski, Michael Symanski, Kaitlin Bartlett, Mason Gaskins, Edward Elliott, Amera Hassan, Ensar Smailagic, Jonathan Ababiy, Benjamin Olson, Riley Shore, Kenneth Truong, Kalle Neuman, Noah Park, Catherine Getty and Chloe Walker.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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