School board lauds students’ awards, honors at meeting

School board lauds students’ awards, honors at meeting
By JOE LOFARO
Special to the Press
Jordan Bell, a student at Dresden Middle School, won the Junior Life Science Division and received $150 cash prize and an individual plaque at the recent West Tennessee Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Union University in Jackson.
Bell also received the Surgeon General’s U.S. Public Health Service Award for his work on diabetes research. He was also named a 2013 Broadcom Masters nominee.
Also participating in the Regional Science and Engineering Fair from Dresden Middle were Alex Montgomery, Jasmine Williams, Erin Elliott, Jennifer Huestis and Leah Jones.
Elliot, Huestis and Jones placed second in the team division among grades seven through 12. The team received a cash prize, in addition to the RICOH award for its work on environmental awareness.
The students from Dresden Middle were not alone in their success at the science fair. Three Gleason students, Breeanna Martin, Hannah Lokey and Wil Freeman also collected several awards.
Martin and Lokey won the NOAA-Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award and the United States Air Force Award. While Freeman won the Mu Alpha Theta Award, NSPE Innovative Engineering Award for the top engineering project, a United States Air Force Award, the United States Army Engineering Award and the senior first-place award in physical science.
In addition, Freeman’s project was recognized as the best at the West Tennessee Regional Science Fair at Union University.
Freeman was honored as the INTEL ISEF finalist and qualified for an all-expense paid trip to the National INTEL Science Fair May 13-17 in Phoenix.  
In addition to the honors at Dresden Middle and Gleason, students from Dresden High School were recognized for their participation in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) district competition at UT Martin, while Greenfield students were honored for their success in the Future Business Leaders of America regional contest.
Alie Randolph and Patricia Barnett won first place in the Illustrated Talk (senior division) and will represent Dresden High School at the FCCLA State Leadership meeting.
Danielle Petty and Summer Sprouse won first place in National Programs in Action (junior division). Petty will represent Dresden High School at the FCCLA State leadership meeting.
Maggie Owens and Katelyn Isbell also won honors in the junior and senior divisions respectively.
Among the winners from Greenfield School in the Future Business Leaders of America regional contest were Rachel Roberts (first place); Callie Croom and Jessica Doster (second place); Mason Borneman (third place); Kaitlyn Sanders (third place); Ashley Mitchell (fifth place); Lauren Coleman (third place and fourth place); Hunter Crouse (first place); and Tony Robinson (fourth place).
All of the students were recognized Tuesday afternoon at the Weakley County School Board meeting at Westview High School.
In other action:
The school board approved the hiring of William S. Edwards as a boys’ soccer volunteer coach at Westview High School.
Approved 11 field trips, including the Dresden High School girls’ basketball team’s trip to Indianapolis, Ind., June 6-8 to attend an Indiana Fever game and basketball camp at Butler University.

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