Fifth graders were recognized today for academic and athletic achievement and participation in activities.
Linda Mines, representing the Tennessee Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution as its historian, presented the DAR Citizenship Award to Valerie Davis and the DAR History Award to Lauren Butt. Both awards are determined by essays written by fifth graders. The history essay was about the Civil War, and the citizenship essay was about the American flag.
Photo (left to right): Mrs. Mines, Valerie Davis and Lauren Butt.
Erin Worthington ’95, granddaughter of former sixth grade teacher Helen Murray, presented the Helen C. Murray Geography Award to Bashir Humayun. Mrs. Murray taught at Bright School from 1979 to 1998. The award is based on a student’s knowledge of geographical facts and terms. Honor mentions went to Jenna Naik, Anthony Klein and Weber Steele.
Photo: Mrs. Worthington and Bashir Humayun.
Science teacher Melanie Nestler presented awards to Sebastian Hilles Moya, Claire McOmie and Beke Nestler for the project they submitted to the Toshiba NSTA ExploraVision Program. Their project “B-Mobile” was awarded an Honorable Mention out of 1,630 projects submitted nationwide. The B-Mobile idea includes two types of wheelchairs that use different types of movement technology.
Photo (left to right): Sebastian Hilles Moya, Beke Nestler, Mrs. Nestler and Claire McOmie.
Seventeen fifth graders received the President’s Awardfor Educational Excellence, which means they achieved a 90 or higher gradeaverage and high scores on national standardized testing.
The recipients were(left to right) on the top row: Anthony Klein, Omar Munir, Jude Rifai, Addie Margio, Madison Kay Tuder, Noah Cobb, Carson Coffman, Brennan Buzinkai and Weber Steele.
Bottom row: Sebastian Hilles Moya, Lily Monen, Acadia Phillips, Sara Catherine Bradshaw, Talia Joels, Lauren Butt, Claire McOmie and Whit Finlay.
Austin Center ’85 presented the Center Community Service Award, named for the Center family with four siblings who attended Bright School, to Helen Guerry for spearheading a project to collect gently-used sports equipment. The equipment was donated to students at East Side Elementary School during a Chattanooga Area Food Bank mobile pantry distribution day at the school.
Sra. Cindy Avendano recognized 13 fifth graders for participating in advanced Spanish: Sebastian Hilles Moya, Jude Rifai, Whit Finlay, Noah Cobb, Jenna Naik, Helen Guerry, Sara Catherine Bradshaw, Lily Monen, Madison Kay Tuder, Acadia Phillips, Alana Zavala and Noor Ali.
Julie Guerry, chair of the board of trustees, was asked by the Kilbride family to present the Benjamin W. Kilbride Scholarship on their behalf. The scholarship is awarded to a fourth grader who is a leader, takes and shows interest in other students throughout the school, exhibits contagious enthusiasm for life and is in good standing. This year’s winner was Kennedy Doan.
Librarian Elizabeth Oakes presented a special gift to Mrs. Guerry for creating and overseeing The Bright Post since 2012. The Bright Post is the school’s internal post office run by third graders, who have been trained by Mrs. Guerry to collect, check and stamp and deliver postcards students write to each other and faculty and staff throughout the year.
Mrs. Guerry and Miss Oakes with third graders Davis Bartow and Maddie Marsh.