RACINE, OHIO- Tuesday, May 9th, Southern Local Schools honored 81 students for their academic achievement. The program included: Welcome by Superintendent, Tony Deem; Pledge of Allegiance led by Valedictorian, Jake Roush; Invocation by Salutatorian, Layne Reuter; Presentation of Awards by Board President, Denny Evans; Student Recognition by the Southern Local Education Association and also by Robert Beegle from the Rotary Club; and closed with the Benediction by Student Council and Nation Honor Society President, Hannah Smith. Daniel Otto performed the role of Master of Ceremonies.
Southern Local would like to share their sincere thanks to Home National Bank for sponsoring this evening so that there is no cost for the school or the families of the honorees. Thank you Home National Bank!
We would also like to thank: the 7-12 staff for serving the meal, all our staff for the daily differences they make, Gracie Wolfe of Roots Photography, the Academic Banquet Committee (Beth Bay, Tony Deem, Russ Fields, Kim Grueser, Olivia Hawley, Christi Hendrix, Rachel Hupp, Tricia McNickle, Daniel Otto, Jenni Roush, and Lori Sharp), and the following churches: Carmel Sutton Church and Racine United Methodist Church.
The requirements were:
Student selection shall be based on accumulative academic achievement without any rounding up of grade point average. Note: students who have been assigned to four or more days of alternative schooling, any out-of-school suspension, or expelled will not be selected. To be honored at the banquet, a student must have the following criteria:
- Class of 2023 and 2024: (Grades 7- 12) Be in the top 15% of their class. This number will be determined by the total number of students in the class by the end of the third grading period. (Grades 9 -12 will use weighted accumulative GPA and will include any and all “specials” that receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F).
- Class of 2025 and beyond: (Grades 7- 12) Be in the top 15% of their class. This number will be determined by the total number of students in the class by the end of the third grading period. Criteria will not use weighted accumulative GPA but grades 9-12 will use non weighted accumulative GPA. Grades 7 & 8 will include any and all “specials” that receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F). For grades 9-12 each student must have taken on average 2 honors, AP, or the CCP equivalent course a year. Any student grades 10-12 that has an accumulative GPA of at least at 3.75 will automatically meet requirements to attend the academic banquet despite the courses taken.
- This selection is based on the student’s accumulative (weighted-, 2023, 2024) GPA at the end of the first semester and must be on A/B honor roll during third nine weeks.
Grade 5 and 6
- Be in the top 15% of their grade level. This number will be determined by the total number of students in the grade level by the end of the third grading period. This selection is based on the student's grade card during the first three terms in the core classes (Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies) they are taking
- Be in the top 15% of their homeroom. This number will be determined by the total number of students in the homeroom by the end of the third grading period. This selection is based on the student's grade card during the first three terms in the core classes (Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies) they are taking.
The honorees were:
*- Denotes County Academic Banquet Honorees