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Jordan-Matthews High School celebrates academic achievement

Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Siler City, NC - Over 200 students were honored on Wednesday, March 30 at Jordan-Matthews High School at an Academic Excellence Celebration. Students in all four grades who made all As and all As and Bs in the fall semester each received sweatshirts with the school crest donated by community business sponsors.

“We are excited by what our students have accomplished,” said Jordan-Matthews principal Martin McDonald. “Almost a third of the school was recognized for their hard work, and we appreciate the support of our local community that made these awards possible.”

Honorees were greeted by community leaders Charles Johnson, Siler City Mayor; Gary Tyson, Siler City Police Chief; Del Turner, Chatham County Board of Education member; Robert Logan, Superintendent of Chatham County Schools and Sarah Johnson, Jordan-Matthews graduate and Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Special awards were given to twelve seniors who had achieved a level four on every end of course test they had taken in high school. “These students were honored because they had a sustained record of excellence throughout their high school careers,” said Autumn Lemons, Jordan-Matthews Testing Coordinator.” These seniors are: Chesley Brooks, Hannah Brown, Emily Burke, Adriana Burnette, Colton Curtis, Rachel Daniel, Adam Godfrey, Garrett Jones, Joel McMath, Geovanni Parroquin, Ethan Smith, and Maria Velasquez-Lopez.

The most exciting moment of the program was the drawing held for the day’s big prize, video game systems donated by Aaron Rents, an appliance rental store in Siler City. “All students who scored a level three on a fall 2010 end of course test had their names entered once in the drawing for that test,” said McDonald. “Students who scored a level four had their names entered twice.”

Suspense filled the auditorium seven times as Superintendent Logan drew a winning name for each test. The winners were: Miguel Amezquita for Algebra I, Kayla Hardison for English I, Russell Poole for Biology, Gabriel Cardoza for Civics and Economics, Laura Nava for Physical Science, Traci Newby for Algebra II, and Allison Copelan for U.S. History.

“I am very proud of the tremendous staff and students we have here at Jordan-Matthews,” said McDonald. “We adopted a motto for our school that reads ‘Home of the Jets…where learning takes flight,’ and we had a chance to celebrate the truth of that statement today.”

Pictured, front row, L to R: Chesley Brooks, Maria Velasquez-Lopez, Geovanni Parroquin, Hannah Brown, Rachel Daniel, Emily Burke; back row, L to R: Ethan Smith, Adam Godfrey, Joel McMath, Garrett Jones, Colton Curtis. Not pictured: Adriana Burnette

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