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September 22, 2018

Phoenix High School Students Earn Recognition For Academics, Character


Nearly five dozen John C. Birdlebough High School students were recently in the spotlight for exhibiting academic excellence, work ethic, effort and discipline during the second marking period.

Following a recent awards ceremony, JCB Principal Greg Molloy gathers for a photo with Class of 2015 salutatorian Ashley Centner, valedictorian Olivia Uttamsingh and Phoenix Central School District Superintendent Judy Belfield.

Following a recent awards ceremony, JCB Principal Greg Molloy gathers for a photo with Class of 2015 salutatorian Ashley Centner, valedictorian Olivia Uttamsingh and Phoenix Central School District Superintendent Judy Belfield.

According to JCB Principal Greg Molloy, who presented the awards, the honorees each displayed qualities and character traits that had a positive impact on students and staff alike.

To be considered for the honor, students had to be nominated by a teacher, classmate or staff member for exhibiting one of the characteristics cited in the school’s mission statement.

“The mission of JCB is to graduate students who have positive self-images and are open-minded, informed, responsible, productive members of society who are able to make intelligent choices,” Molloy said. “Congratulations for meeting these elements of the mission statement.”

Each award recipient received a certificate and a coupon for a free ice cream from the school cafeteria.

JCB Assistant Principal Patrick Fitch presents student Adam Pinzer with a Blaze Award, which recognized his work ethic.

JCB Assistant Principal Patrick Fitch presents student Adam Pinzer with a Blaze Award, which recognized his work ethic.

In addition to the 59 Blaze Awards presented during the ceremony, Molloy also announced the top two students for the JCB Class of 2015.

After four years of studying, hard work and discipline, Olivia Uttamsingh earned the title of valedictorian with an overall average of 106.197.

Senior Ashley Centner, who posted an average of 102.68, was named the class salutatorian.

“You are going places,” Molloy said as he presented the top two students with their awards. “You’re all going places. I’m so proud. You all have shown tremendous character and that you are role models to your peers. Keep up the great work.”

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