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William Byrd Middle School recognizes outstanding 8th graders

William Byrd Middle School presented academic achievement awards to its 8th graders—the Class of 2025–on May 21.

Eighth graders who maintained a 4.0 GPA in middle school through the end of the first semester of their eighth-grade year were recognized with the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. Those students include: Ava Ashworth, Graysen Divers, Abigail Dooley, Camryn Dullaghan, Emily Fisher, Kendall Gordon, Aidan Hardy, Nathan Hiemstra, Hannah Janney, Jada Johnson, Kaylee Makuch, Emma Matthews, Grace Onwi, Eliza Otey, Ellawyn Pagan, Christian Parker, Madelyn Pittman, Ethan Powell, Becca Radford, Meera Raichura, Emma Rupe, and Gregory Stiltner.

Students who maintained a 4.0 GPA in middle school through the end of the 3rd nine weeks of their 8th grade year were named as “Terrier Scholars.”  Terrier Scholars this year include Ava Ashworth, Graysen Divers, Abigail Dooley, Camryn Dullaghan, Emily Fisher, Kendall Gordon, Aidan Hardy, Hannah Janney, Jada Johnson, Kaylee Makuch, Grace Onwi, Eliza Otey, Ellawyn Pagan, Christian Parker, Madelyn Pittman, Ethan Powell, Becca Radford, Meera Raichura, Emma Rupe, and Gregory Stiltner.

The Levi Freeman Award is presented annually to two students, who, in the opinion of the faculty, best embody the characteristics of kindness, compassion, honesty, tolerance, and the willingness to do the right thing even when it’s not popular.

The coveted award is given in memory of Levi Freeman, a fellow 8th grade student whose life was cut tragically short after a diagnosis of bone cancer. Levi loved music, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and would have been a 2020 graduate of William Byrd High School. His memory lives on through his family, friends, and this award.

Recipients of the 2021 Levi Freeman Award are Hayden Davis and Emma Rupe.

Emma Rupe received the coveted Levi Freeman Award for 2021. The award is given to two outstanding 8th graders at WBMS in memory of student Levi Freeman. Rupe is shown with WBMS Assistant Principal Katherine Hutchison.
Hayden Davis was the recipient of the Levi Freeman Award for 2021. His plaque was presented by Assistant Principal Katherine Hutchison.

Academic Achievement Awards in English were presented to Carson Bramble, Brooke Brant, Graysen Divers, Lacie Gibson, Emily Glass, Aidan Hardy, Kristin Kochendarfer, Kaylee Makuch, Ryan Markham, Ellawyn Pagan, Madelyn Pittman, Ethan Powell, Gino Ruks, and Gregory Stiltner.

Academic Achievement Awards in Math were presented to Ava Ashworth, Graysen Divers, Grace Onwi, Hayden Hamblin-Lish, Aidan Hardy, Jada Johnson, Kristin Kochendarfer, Nathaniel Lynn, Christian Parker, Meera Raichura, Elizabeth Reid, Gino Ruks, Landon Sarver, Vanessa Sattah, and Nathan Short.

Students receiving Academic Achievement Awards in Social Studies included: Marshall Bruner, Graysen Divers, Camryn Dullaghan, Aidan Hardy, Nathan Hiemstra, Allie Jamison, Kristin Kochendarfer, Grace Onwi, Elyse Rider, Nathan Rowland, Gino Ruks, and Gregory Stiltner.

Academic Achievement Awards in Science were presented to Mario Arias, Graysen Divers, Aidan Hardy, Nathan Hiemstra, Kristin Kochendarfer, Nathaniel Lynn, Grace Onwi, Meera Raichura, Cheyenne Robertson, Gino Ruks, William Thompson, and Stephen Underwood.

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