Lura M. Sharp Elementary School recently held its annual awards ceremony to recognize students for their academic, character and physical achievements.
The event was kicked off by recognized students who excelled in physical education throughout the past year.
Seventy-three students were presented with the National Physical Fitness Award, while another 20 students were awarded the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.
The ceremony then announced the recipients of the academic achievement awards. Before handing the awards out, Principal Andrea Lomber read prepared letters from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and President Barrack Obama, who each congratulated the students for their hard work and commitment.
Students receiving the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement included: Madelyne Vashaw, Holly Pacyon, Logan Godfrey, Elaina Derr, Brian Pond, Emily Gareau, Marissa Nelson, Ethan Ashby, Shelby Minnick, Wyatt Porter, Matthew Olson, Jaiden Wood, Daulton Evans and Carly Workman.
Students receiving the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence included: Jessica Yesensky, Ethan Facey, Riley Baxter, Sean MacGregor and Garrett Starbird.
Students Addison Dana, Amanda Halsey, Ciarra Coffin and Jazlin Ashby received the Doris Davis DeForest Award.
The award is given to students who have shown the greatest progress and consistently worked hard.
Two students were also presented with memorial awards, named in honor of former Pulaski students.
Fourth grader Jessica Witter received the Heart of Gold Award, named in honor of Morgan Rabetoy, and second grader Byrdie Denny was named the recipient of the Sunshine Award, named in honor of Emily Louise Rice.