In an article written by Diana Dillaber Murray, the Oakland Press celebrated with students in the county for academic excellence. Berkley School District Senior Jacob Behrmann, Berkley High School; Makaya Morgan, Novi High School; and Coryssa West, Waterford Mott High School took home the prizes. The article and photo story celebrate the Excellence in Education (EIE) awards.
The photo gallery link is in a separate post and the Oakland Press put out an insert on Sunday, April 27th.
Oakland Press celebrates top students, programs for 22nd year
A Berkley High School student was named top Oakland County senior and a Lake Orion school district’s kindergarten intervention strategy was selected as most outstanding classroom program at the Excellence in Education Recognitions ceremony that was kicked off by The Oakland Press 22 years ago.
The Press started Excellence in Education (EIE) to highlight high school seniors from public, private and parochial schools, who have achieved academically with a 3.0 GPA or above and contributed to their school and community, while at the same time overcoming obstacles that could be daunting for most people.
At the same time, the Press wanted to honor teachers and principals who have created or customized outstanding educational programs who have made a positive difference in children’s academic achievement or their school’s environment.
Six years ago Oakland Schools intermediate district, which provides services to all 28 of the county’s school districts, joined in partnership with the Press to carry on the goals of the EIE.
Overall, more than 1,200 students and creators of 400 classroom programs have been celebrated at the annual EIE recognition nights.
Many of the students selected have continued bravely through their school years on while dealing with such things as death of their parents, divorce, and/or life threatening or physically or emotionally limiting illnesses.
Honored as the top students for the 2014 Excellence in Education Recognition program Thursday at the awards event at Oakland Schools building in Waterford Township, were Jacob Behrmann, Berkley High School; Makaya Morgan, Novi High School; and Coryssa West, Waterford Mott High School.
The top three programs honored were Lake Orion Early Intervention Reading Initiative; South Lyon Dolsen Elementary Taking Care of Others Initiative, and Lake Orion Blanche Sims Kick Off Kindergarten.