By ABBY SLANKER
Hilltop Elementary School first- and second-grade students who achieved perfect attendance with the exception of missing one day or two days or achieved perfect attendance were recognized at the school’s annual First and Second Grade Awards Assembly June 6. Handwriting Awards, which were presented by each teacher, were also handed out at the assembly.
Cathy Mowry, Hilltop Elementary principal, served as master of ceremonies.
“My dad told me that if I was going to go to school, I would have to go to school every day. These children followed my dad’s advice,” Mowry said, before she presented the first- and second-graders their attendance certificates.
Each teacher presented their students the attendance certificates as Mowry called the students’ names and they walked to the front of the gym.
Mowry announced that Bethany Lopatta’s second-grade class had the most perfect attendance recipients of any other class at Hilltop, with six students receiving the honor.
The first- and second-grade students then learned the recipients of the Handwriting Awards from each class. At least two students from each class received the award. The teachers stated it was difficult to only choose deserving students and they said they went all the way back to the beginning of the year looking at the handwriting of the students. Each student who earned an award was called to the front of the gym and presented with a certificate of recognition by their teacher.
Linda Magyar, Hilltop Elementary gym teacher, also recognized the top fundraisers for the Jump Rope For Heart program in each class. Magyar awarded the Outstanding Student in Physical Education Class to second-grader Ali Shalash. The award was for being a star student possessing a positive attitude in physical education class.
Mowry closed the assembly with some advice for the students.
“I will tell you how to receive an award next year. If you have a dream, set a goal, make a plan and work hard and you will achieve that goal and your wish will come true,” Mowry said.