by: James Malone
More than 200 Atlanta Public Schools’ high academic achievers – including national foundation scholarship winners; high school valedictorians, salutatorians and STAR students; district writing and spelling bee champions; academic fair winners; championship teams and athletes; culinary champions and more were recognized by the Atlanta Board of Education during a Special Called Board Meeting, May 18.
“Over the course of the 2014-2015 school year, the Board and I have recognized many students for their distinctive accomplishments in academics, their successes in athletics and their dedication to community service,” said Courtney English, Atlanta Board of Education chairman. “We are so proud of our students that we called a special meeting for recognitions, a meeting devoted solely to honoring and praising students for going far above and beyond the basic requirements and expectations of an Atlanta Public Schools student.”
This Special Meeting for Student Recognitions will become an annual official meeting for the school board and superintendent to congratulate Atlanta Public Schools’ elementary, middle and high school students. The meeting replicated a similar event that Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen hosted when she was superintendent of the Austin, Texas Independent School District.
“The tradition of setting aside a specific day to honor and celebrate our highest performing students, is such a special part of our school year for the District and for our families,” said Dr. Carstarphen. “For me, this was a day as full of celebration and pomp and circumstance as Graduation Day itself.”
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