PARKERSBURG - Students at Parkersburg South High School were encouraged to continue to strive for the best during an academic pep rally on Friday afternoon.
Students from all four grades at the facility filled the Rod Oldham Athletic Center to celebrate the achievements of individual classmates in the areas of academics and attendance.
"This pep rally is to celebrate student achievement in the classroom in the areas of academics and attendance," said teacher Maria Miller.
Photo by Jolene Craig
The Parkersburg South High School pep band plays active music during an academic pep rally Friday afternoon in the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.
The students who were individually recognized were given certificates as well as prizes that included coupon books and iTunes cards.
More than 400 students were awarded for their accomplishments, including high attendance in the school year and throughout their academic career as well as their grade point averages for the first semester of the school year.
"We are here to look at people who worked hard for their attendance and grades," Miller said.
Awards were presented to students who had perfect attendance for the first semester, with a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and with a grade point average increase of 1.0 or more from the first to second grading periods.
Special awards included the Believe and Award, which will be given to one student in each grade level based on citizenship, school spirit, academics and attendance. Students who receive this award are nominated by teachers, administration and staff.
A new award named after South vice principal Tim McCartney to honor the fact that he did not miss one day of school during his kindergarten through 12th grade career will be given during the end-of-the year academic pep rally to a student or students who have done the same.
All students who received awards at Friday's assembly and at the end of the year academic pep rally will be entered into a drawing to receive one of four available Kindle Fire tablet e-readers.