Purdy Honor Society awards best, brightest

Saturday, March 27, 2021
The 2021 Purdy National Honor Society Chapter is pictured, front row, from left: Bradley Hutson, Macy Terry, Adriana Barrientos, Audrey Lowe, Makenna Orwig, Bosten Goetz, Clay Henderson and M’kena Propps. Middle row: Lauren Schallert, Annabelle Bowman, Alli Hayes, Danielle Reed, Kinsley Mattingly, Zackary Brewer and Matthew Cornelius. Back row: Zachary Henderson, Drew Graham, Osiel Aldava, Andres Aldaba, Erik Cruz, Weston Ellison, Jake Brown and Joshua Brown. Not pictured is Destiny Clevenger. Photo courtesy Purdy Yearbook Staff

Outstanding students recognized for achievements

The Purdy High School National Honor Society held its annual Evening of Excellence on Tuesday, March 9.

The program, hosted by National Honor Society Member Andres Aldaba, featured the presentation of awards to students that excelled in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Academic Team competitions.

The 2021 Purdy National English Honor Society Chapter includes, front row, from left: Anna Hoffman, Macy Terry, Adriana Barrientos, Audrey Lowe, Makenna Orwig, Bosten Goetz, Clay Henderson, M’kena Propps, Areli Garcia and Katrina Lee. Middle row, from left: Carlee Deditius, Lauren Schallert, Annabelle Bowman, Alli Hayes, Daniele Reed, Kinsley Mattingly, Zackary Brewer, Daniel Aldava and Jasmine Holloway. Back row, from left: Adviser Michelle Hilburn, Zachary Henderson, Drew Graham, Andres Aldaba, Weston Ellison, Jake Brown, Joshua Brown, Matthew Cornelius and Adviser Kayla Branstetter. Members Mason Harkey, Destiny Clevenger, Aubrey Knatcal, Connie Lee, Elmer Rueda and Fernando Gaucin and were unable to attend the event. Photo courtesy Purdy Yearbook Staff

FBLA honorees included Andres Aldaba, Annabelle Bowman, Jake Brown, Jaclin Fenske, Areli Garcia, Bosten Goetz, Drew Graham, Alli Hayes, Clay Henderson, Zach Henderson, Eli Hutson, Esdras Juarez, Ruby Knight, Katrina Lee, Kinsley Mattingly, Jordan Muntz, Makenna Orwig, Destry Patton, M’kena Propps, Sydney Rea, Danielle Reed and Lauren Schallert.

Academic team members honored included Drew Graham, Matthew Cornelius, Anna Hoffman and Ruby Knight.

Purdy Secondary Principal Dr. Derek Banwart also presented academic letters and pins to 36 students. To be eligible for an academic letter a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 for three consecutive semesters. Pins are presented each year to academic letter holders that maintain their 3.5 GPA.

Academic letter and pin recipients included Daniel Aldava, Osiel Aldava, Monserat Alvarez, Adriana Barrientos, Joey Billingsley, Caitlin Brown, Josh Brown, Destiny Clevenger, Matthew Cornelius, Erik Cruz, Carlee Deditius, Weston Ellison, Jaclin Fenske, Ezequiel Garcia, Bosten Goetz, Drew Graham, Mason Harkey, Lesly Haros, Alli Hayes, Clay Henderson, Zach Henderson, Anna Hoffman, Bradley Hutson, Lisa Lee, Audrey Lowe, Kinsley Mattingly, Makayla Mazza, Katrina O’Donald, Makenna Orwig, Taryn Orwig, M’kena Propps, Anna Marie Schad, Lauren Schallert, Bentley Stephens, Adrien Tate and Macy Terry.

The Purdy chapter of the National English Honor Society inducted 14 new members during the Evening of Excellence, including Adriana Barrientos, Jasmine Holloway, Katrina Lee, Weston Ellison, Mason Harkey, Alli Hayes, Carlee Deditius, Audrey Lowe, Matthew Cornelius, Bosten Goetz, Destiny Clevenger, Anna Hoffman, Fernando Gaucin and Josh Brown. Purdy’s National English Honor Society operates under the direction of co-advisers Kayla Branstetter and Michelle Hilburn.

Purdy’s Evening of Excellence concluded with the annual National Honor Society induction ceremony, which welcomed eight new members to its ranks. Zackary Brewer, Erik Cruz, Weston Ellison, Adriana Barrientos, Joshua Brown, Destiny Clevenger, Bosten Goetz and Alli Hayes gained admission to the District’s elite society, whose cardinal principals include Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Service. The Passing of the National Honor Society Candles of Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Service is a moving part of the annual ceremony. New members receiving this high honor included: Bosten Goetz, Character; Alli Hayes, Scholarship; Weston Ellison, Leadership and Joshua Brown, Service.

“We held last year’s event four days before the pandemic closed the doors of our school for the remainder of the year,” National Honor Society adviser Jennifer Schallert Cornelius said. “This year we were met with many challenges as we returned to school, but together we overcame them all. This year’s Evening of Excellence was a shining testimony to the resilience, determination and courage of our Purdy Eagles. Our motto is, ‘Excellence is the Standard.’ We upheld that standard through all of the COVID-related challenges we faced, and I couldn’t be prouder of our students and staff.”