By Molly Seales
On Thursday, May 6, Riverdale Academy held the annual Academic/Athletic Banquet at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church. After a meal of Mexican food, students were presented with Academic and Athletic Awards. Beta sponsor Amanda Cason presented service award medals to juniors Kenley Loftin and Renee Prosperie, who had the most service hours this year. Madison Chamberlin and Collin Hesson received Beta awards for Outstanding New Beta Members. Counselor Sidney Jones presented dual enrollment awards. Brennan Edie received the top dual enrollment award. When he graduates Thursday, Brennan will have 27 hours of college credit-just 3 hours short of entering college as a sophomore. She also presented ACT Awards. Matthew Seales, who has a composite score of 31, received the top ACT award. Then a drawing was held for a $600 cash award. When students raised their ACT score or sub score, their names went into a drawing for this award. The winner of the drawing was junior Rylee Hodge. Students who have a composite score of 20 or above on the ACT were recognized. Those students were Parker Almond, Ronda Black, Brenan Edie, Luke Greer, Reagan Huddleston, Ty Jones, Mason Murray, Tinley Ogden, Matthew Seales, Molly Seales, and Noah Wren.
High school teachers then gave out awards to the top students in their classes. Students receiving English achievement awards from Mrs. Kristi Spradley were freshmen Madison Chamberlin, Hayden Hillman, and Ryder Huddleson; sophomores Collin Hesson, Emily Kirkland, and Molly Seales; juniors Ty Jones, Kenley Loftin, and Renee Prosperie; and seniors Witt Almond and Jake Wilhite. Students receiving math achievement awards from Mrs. Amanda Cason were freshmen Madison Chamberlin, Hayden Hillman, and Georgia Carlisle; sophomores Emily Kirkland, Mason Murray, and Molly Seales; and juniors Sidney Free, Ty Jones, Renee’ Prosperie, and Denver Williams. Mrs. Cason also presented senior Matthew Seales a math award for placing 1st in Advanced Math: Functions and Statistics at last year’s Northwest LA Literary Rally. Dr. Hunter Brown presented science awards to Austin Giddens, Levi Shaver, and Matthew Seales. Sophomore Molly Seales was given the Outstanding High School Science Student award. Coach Jared Smelser then presented the Outstanding History Student award to senior Matthew Seales.
Danny Rester presented Principal’s Honor Roll medals to the high school students who have a 4.0 grade point average for this school year. Students receiving those awards were Parker Almond, Ronda Black, Madison Chamberlin, Brennan Edie, Luke Greer, Collin Hesson, Hayden Hillman, Reagan Huddleston, Abby Jones, Ty Jones, Will Jones, Emily Kirkland, Paul Messenger, Mason Murray, Tinley Ogden, Renee Prosperie, Matthew Seales, and Molly Seales.
Athletic awards were then given in baseball, basketball, cheer, fishing, football, golf, softball, tennis, track, and 4H shooting sports. The final award of the night was presented by Principal Danny Rester. That award is the A.L. Sigler Award, which is named after the first principal of Riverdale Academy. This award is the highest award given and is presented to a senior boy and senior girl who excel both academically and athletically. The recipients this year were Parker Almond and Ronda Black. A special thanks to the Rebel Club, Mrs. Stacey Greer, and Mrs. Joni Riggs for another wonderful banquet. We are proud of our Rebels!