Virtual Awards Include Surprise Presentations

Plains Junior Virtual Awards Include Surprise Presentations
Posted on 05/18/2020
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plains award presentationsDuring normal times, Plains Junior eighth graders would have had several events to mark the end of their junior high years.

“Because of the pandemic we couldn’t physically have these celebrations, but we wanted to make sure students knew that their hard work did not go unnoticed,” said Plains Principal Kim Wade. “So our staff came up with the idea of doing a virtual awards ceremony to let students knew we were thinking of them.”

The video was put together by Media Design and Communication teacher Jacob Shaw and includes opening speeches by Wade and Plains student Aliya Merchant, and ends with final reflections from student Eesha Saggi. In between, students were recognized for academic excellence (3.75 GPA and above), departmental/subject awards, citizenship awards and three merit awards.

Staff members wanted to make the presentation of the merit awards special, so they surprised the winners at their homes. The students received a poster, plaque and certificate, and a staff member shared words about why the student was chosen. This all took place right in the student’s front yard – with a podium, megaphone and all. These emotional surprise visits are included in the video; the three merit award winners are Nathan Cohen (Lighthouse Award for service), Tiana Jones (Firebird Award for character) and William Boulton (Footsteps Award for leadership).

Wade concluded the video saying, “We are proud of you. You have taken ownership of your academic success. You are taking ownership of your destiny. Just know that we really miss you guys. There will be a day when we can all see each other again and we can talk about all of the good times we had here at Plains. You are a special class -- you are definitely a special class -- and we love you.”