By Molly Seales
Riverdale Academy hosted the annual Academic and Athletic Banquet at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church on Monday, May 9. A delicious Cajun style dinner was catered by Hudd’s Catering and delicious dessert was provided by Riverdale student Luke Greer. After the meal, academic presentations began, and they were followed by athletic presentations. Athletic awards are not listed in the article because they have been in previous journal articles.
Beta Club Leadership Awards were given to senior members Kenley Loftin and Renee’ Prosperie, while Molly Seales and Collin Hesson received awards for Most Beta Service Hours. Ben Almond, Tyler Parker, and James Wagoner were recognized for their first-place finish in the Stock Market Game competition. KREB News awards were voted on by the KREB News Staff and were as follows: Most Dedicated-James Wagoner; Best Reporter – Luke Greer; Best News Personality – Ben Almond; and Best Behind the Scenes – Mason Murray. 4H Honor Cords were presented to seniors Kaden Nettles and Chandler Nettles. Brayden Pearah and Caleb Dabbs received 4H Shooting Sports awards, while Shirley Boyd and Madison Chamberlin received Livestock Club and Junior Leader awards.
Various awards were given to students who showed academic excellence or outstanding effort in different subject areas. Coach Jared Smelser presented academic excellence in history awards to Rylee Kate Woodard, Madison Chamberlin, and Chloe Jordan. Dr. Hunter Brown presented the outstanding science student award to his Biology II class, which consisted of Kenley Loftin, Renee Prosperie, Rylee Kate Woodard, and Molly Seales. English and ACT Prep teacher Mrs. Kristi Spradley presented a special acknowledgment ACT Prep award to Sarah Kate York, who increased her math score by 7 points this year, while Emma Nell Clemons was presented with the ACT Prep outstanding student award. Mrs. Spradley presented Academic Excellence awards to the students with the highest GPA in each of her classes. Those went to 9th grader Jadyn King, 10th grader Madison Chamberlin, 11th grader Emma Clemons, and 12th grader Denver Williams. She presented Outstanding Student awards to a student in each class who were hard working and showed great discipline. Those awards went to 9th grader Kacie Harper, 10th grader Hayden Hillman, 11th grader Jessie Kate Cobb, and 12th grader Sidney Free. Math teacher Mrs. Amanda Cason presented her math awards to each class using the same criteria Mrs. Spradley used for her English awards. Academic Excellence awards went to 9th grader Jadyn King, 10th grader Sky McMullan, 11th grader Molly Seales, and 12th grader Renee Prosperie. Outstanding Student awards went to 8th grader Makayla Pickett for Algebra I, 10th grader Madison Chamberlin, 11th grader Mason Murray, and 12th grader Reagan Huddleston. Dr. Hunter Brown recognized 11th grader Mason Murray for placing 3rd in Algebra II at State Literary Rally.
Students who scored at least a 20 on the ACT were recognized. Those students were Luke Greer, Kacie Harper, Collin Hesson, Reagan Huddleston, Ty Jones, Emily Kirkland, Mason Murray, Renee Prosperie, Molly Seales, and Sarah Kate York. Principal’s Honor Roll Awards were presented to students who maintained a 4.0 GPA for the entire school year. Those students were Madison Chamberlin, Caleb Dabbs, Luke Greer, Collin Hesson, Hayden Hillman, Reagan Huddleston, Ty Jones, Will Jones, Chloe Jordan, Jadyn King, Emily Kirkland, Kenley Loftin, Sky McMullan, Mason Murray, Renee’ Prosperie, Molly Seales, Haylee Smith, Madalyn Whittington, and Sarah Kate York.
The final award of the night was the A.L Sigler Award, which is named after Riverdale Academy’s first principal who valued both academics and athletics as a part of student life. The award is the highest award given at Riverdale. This award was presented by principal Mr. Danny Rester to the senior boy and senior girl who had the highest high school GPA and participated in at least one sport, This year’s A.L. Sigler Awards went to Reagan Huddleston and Renee’ Prosperie.
We are proud of all of our Riverdale students and their academic achievements this year!
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