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Paving way for students

By Staff | Apr 29, 2015

Part of our mission is keeping abreast of the academic achievements of students in our community. That’s why it was our pleasure last week to publish the names of 200 Tyler County students who were honored this month during the annual Peoples Bank Academic Awards Ceremonies at Tyler Consolidated High School.

The students, in grades 5-12 at A.I. Boreman Elementary School, Paden City Elementary School, Sistersville Elementary School, Tyler Consolidated Middle School, Tyler Consolidated High School and Paden City High School, are selected based on performance in the classroom. They join a group of Tyler County students numbering more than 7,000 whose grades have put them at the top of their classes during the program’s 37-year history.

Nine students – Elisha Brown, Aryn Carpenter, Johnathan Lancaster, Sierra Mace, Megan Wilson and Sydney Yoho of Tyler Consolidated High School; and Craig Allen, Graeson Baker and Kayla Hizer of Paden City High School – received special recognition and were inducted into the Tyler County Academic Hall of Fame for being part of the ceremony each of the eight years they were eligible. We congratulate them, their parents and their teachers for their commitment to education.

Mace also won a $1,000 scholarship from Peoples Bank during a random drawing among those inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame. Peoples Bank, as well, deserves a large dose of community thanks for sponsoring the annual awards.

We often hear about the issues with our nation’s education system, and it is honors such as this that give hope that the coming generation will move our state and nation forward.

“It takes an army of people to help the students get to this point,” said Peoples Bank Executive Vice President Rich Stafford. He cited contributions of parents and educators, noting that “this area has a strong academic performance reputation.” He urged the students to “continue that thirst for knowledge,” telling them “it will only help propel you in your careers.”

Indeed. Education is the key in today’s fast-paced world, and Tyler County students appear well-prepared to meet the demands of adulthood. All involved in the educational process in Tyler County should hold their heads high.

After all, as Stafford said, it does take an army to get students to this point in their educational careers – an army of teachers, parents, grandparents and others who encourage students to do their best, and to continue their learning at home. Education begins – and can end too soon – in the home. Most good teachers understand that and are frustrated when their efforts are not supported by students’ parents, and likewise delighted when parents fulfill their role. Teachers know which students are being encouraged at home and which ones are not receiving parental support.

It appears to us that many parents in Tyler County are doing it right.