On May 25, Elkin High School held its second annual Rising Elks Awards Ceremony, which recognizes undergraduate students in grades ninth through 11th in the areas of citizenship, school spirit, public service, perfect attendance, academic achievement, excellence in the arts, and club participation.
Held in the afternoon in Dixon Auditorium, the program was sponsored by Diana’s Bookstore, Edward Jones, and WIFM – Gary York, who funded the medals and certificates.
Citizenship Awards were given to Sophie Reinharft, Adam Chu — ninth grade; Katie Sidden and Roger Stringer — 10th grade; Catie Beth Brown and Nathan Brown — 11th grade.
School Spirit Awards were given to Kayla Felts and Brandon Mullis — ninth grade; Caroline Owings and Ryley Cheek — 10th grade; Makayla Carter and Matt Watson — 11th grade.
Thirty-two students earned the Perfect Attendance medal: Jonathan Anderson, Roxanna Anorve, Boone Beaver, Brett Beaver, Seyry Borjas-Paz, Nathan Brown, Katie Bryant, Makayla Carter, Taylor Chipman, Silas Coley, Brittany Collins, Jae Edwards, Gabriel Hege, Rhett Isenhoward, Victoria Jolly, Chris Lomax, Blane Macy, Emily Marcial, Dylan Miller, Gabby Moses, William Myers, Austin Newman, Tyquan Nowalk, Marcus Orta, Devon Poe, Wendy Salazar, Chencho Santos, Hugh Turner, Tanner Upchurch, Tony Van, Matt Watson, and Jose Zuniga.
The Outstanding Public Service Award was given to Madelin Morphis for her work with the EHS Beta Club.
Students receiving outstanding CTE (Career and Technical Education) Awards included Jordan Reed, Sydney Collins, Phillip Rasnick, Blane Macy, Madeline Morphis, Makayla Carter, Jose Zuniga, Johnl Rodriguez, Maia Schweikert, and Micah Baker.
Academic Awards for highest averages were as follows:
English I – Eevie Davis, English I Honors – Audrey Jennings
English II – Jenna Adams and Lilliannah Harrison
English II Honors – Harper Lee Libbert and Allie Doub
English III – Will Hemric
English III Honors – Jonathan Anderson
AP English Language and Composition – Zara Petrocy
ELA – Katie Bryant and Andre Humphrey
World History – Madeline Morphis
Civics and Economics – Jenna Adams
Civics and Economics Honors – Skylar Shears
American History I – Sarah Parker
DAR Outstanding History Student – Maia Schweikert
JROTC Outstanding Cadets – Michele Hernandez, Charles Walker, Missy Fuentes, Aliyah Ganzzermiller, Harper Lee Libbert, Catie Brown, Tate Ayers, Landon Douglas, Allie Doub, and Marcus Orta.
Math I – Aaliyah Bell, Emma Swaim, and Breanna Laws
Math II – Maggie Brewer
Math II Honors – Alex Kakouras and Sophie Reinhardt
Math III – Makayla Carter
Math III Honors – Steve Bourgeau and Logan Darnell
Pre-Calculus – Marcus Orta
Math – Luis Segovia
Music – Mars Hill Choral Festival selected students – Isabella Brumfield, Dylan Longworth, and Marcus Orta
Outstanding Orchestral Pit Performance – Micah Baker, Rhett Bledsoe, and Nathan Brown.
Earth/Environmental Science – Trace Grissom, Aaliyah Bell, and Eryn Brown
Honors Earth/Environmental Science – Stephanie Kelly
Physical Science – Ashley Rhoades
Biology – Jennifer Anorve and James Gentry
Honors Biology – Alley Doub and Gracie Gambill
AP Biology – Mary-Claire Hooper
Chemistry – Logan Darnell and Zara Petrocy
Science – Ana Canobbio Lopez
Spanish I – Cameron Burleson
Spanish II – Sydney Kelly
Club Awards were presented to:
Environmental Club – Maia Schweikert, Missy Fuentes, Harper Lee Libbert, Caleb Swarey, and Zach Tilley
FTA (Future Teachers of America) Club – Annalise Gant, Samantha Martin, Victoria Vangordan, Zoey Hawks