Hundred High School Students Lauded
HUNDRED?- It was a “great day to be a Hornet” Friday, Jan. 15 as Hundred High School held its “Fall 2015 Awards Day.” Principal Daniel Gottron said those exact words as various students were recognized for their achievements.
“We have a whole lot to celebrate,” Gottron said, nothing there were a variety of things to recognize.
Gottron spoke of pride in his students, wondering aloud as to “how far can we take this school?”
“This is only the beginning of the wonderful things we have going,” he said.
One of the Hornets’ achievements was recognized by student body president, Andrew King.
“Obviously we got Roy back,” he stated, causing the auditorium to erupt in applause.
King was referencing HHS Hornet Roy Stevens, who had returned to HHS after winter break.
Stevens’ siblings, along with fellow Hundred students, spoke out at various board meetings, in their plea for Stevens to return to HHS. Students also peacefully protested outside of HHS, prior to school in the morning.
Stevens, who has Down Syndrome, had a successful 2014-2015 school year at Hundred High School; however school administrators argued that district policy requires severely affected special needs students in Wetzel County to be placed at Magnolia High School in New Martinsville.
Part of Stevens’ struggles the 2013-2014 school year involved the hour-long commute to Magnolia.
Stevens’ parents eventually pulled him out school after he had missed the maximum amount of truancy days.
In early December, the state Department of Education listed corrective actions that Wetzel County Schools must take concerning Roy’s Individualized Education Program.
In mid-December, Roy’s IEP team decided that his needs were best met at HHS.
Gottron spoke briefly to the students on the matter. When handing out the “WOW” Award to students, Gottron noted that teachers were impressed with the way students behaved when gathering in front of HHS each morning of their protest. Gottron said the teachers noted that students did not allow their protest to spill into classroom time.
“We did a lot last semester,” King stated to his peers, during his speech, at the awards assembly.
King encouraged his peers to do even more.
King stated a food drive would be taking place, with the top donators receiving a free pizza party. King said the food would be donated on Valentine’s Day.
“Going into this, think about all the things you have,” King told his peers, reminding his classmates that there are kids at HHS who might wonder where their next meal will come from.
Friday’s awards included recognition for perfect attendance, faithful attendance, Principal’s list (4.0 Grade Point Average), and Honor Roll (3.25-3.99). Specific awards included: “Students on the Rise,” “Wonder of the Week,” “Student Spirit,” Fairmont Regional Service Award, Advanced Placement Award, and “Students of the Quarter.” Gottron also had several students stand in recognition for their success in the Fall 2015 “Pumpkin Drop” project. Students involved in the Quiz and Science Bowls were also recognized as well.
Also, Gottron had recognized the various community partners of HHS. Those partners included First Exchange Bank of Hundred, Union Bank of Hundred, and Henderson Farms.
Gottron also thanked Aaron Cisar, the newest member of the Wetzel County Board of Education, for attending the ceremony.
He also credited the teachers and the staff “for all of their hard work.”