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MASON CITY, IA – Today was all about education. Students received awards for all their hard work in and outside of the classroom, but most agree a lot of the credit goes to their teachers for pushing them to do their best.
It’s KIMT’s annual Scholastic All- Stars Banquet. The perfect chance to honor high school seniors for their accomplishments.
Former Scholastic All-Star, Lindsey Wojtkiewicz said, “It’s just nice for them to feel like all the hard work they’ve put into in all the thing they’ve been involved in and all the effort they’ve put into getting straight A’s and things gets recognized and is something the community values.”
Lindsey is a Scholastic All-Star her self, from 10 years, but now it’s her turn to sit back and watch her own students take center stage.
Wojtkiewicz said, “I remember very well coming down here for this banquet with my high school principal and one of my friends and it’s really nice. It feels good in high school to be recognized for doing a lot of activities and being involved and doing well in school.”
Students say it’s an opportunity to look back at all they’ve been through.
Chatfield High School Senior, Justin Viss said, “I mean, it’s senior year,so it’s kinda the end of high school, so it’s nice to get recognized by the end of it.”
It’s also the time to name our Golden Apple award winner for the school year.
Clear Creek Elementary Teacher, Janet Boehnke says she’s shocked.
She said, “I wasn’t expecting to see my name come up there at all. One of my students nominated me and the fact that he took the time to write a letter and is a great honor.”
Her hope is to someday watch her second graders be honored for their achievements – just like these seniors.
Boehnke said, “I always tell my students, I want you to learn something new every day you know, something that you’re going to learn and be able to take out and use in the real world.”
And to reference a popular 80′s movie” “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in while, you might miss it.”
These seniors and teachers have the same advice.
Viss said, “Take it seriously, but not too seriously. I guess that’s the biggest thing.”