ANDOVER — Principal Dan Jackson in accordance with the Pymatuning Valley Academic Boosters hosted an annual Principal’s Breakfast to honor high academic achievement. Qualifications include being on the honor roll for the first three nine weeks, which means students must have a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average. Students must also have at least a 95 percent attendance record along with maintaining a clean discipline record. Students who meet the requirements then receive an invitation for both themselves and their parents in the mail.
The breakfast took place on April 28. Students enjoyed a breakfast that consisted of omelets, fruit, bacon, Danish and orange juice.
Students also had the opportunity to listen to guest speaker Erica Pitchford Hawkins. Hawkins graduated from Pymatuning as class valedictorian in 2002. She then attended Ashland University where she majored in both religion and political science, graduating in the class of 2006. Hawkins is the director of communications for the Department of Agriculture in Columbus where she has worked the past three and a half years. Hawkins said she was very humbled and honored to be chosen as a guest speaker, and considered the moment to be surreal.
During her high school career Hawkins attended the Principal’s Breakfast four times and was involved in the band, National Honor Society and the school drama club where she played an active role. Hawkins’ advice for PVHS students is to strive to be great at whatever you choose to do whether it is with your job or school. She shared that every path has a way to be successful, you just have to find it. She also believes that learning doesn’t end in the classroom and that people should always be eager to learn more.
Every student present was honored and received both a flashdrive and a lanyard generously donated by the Pymatuning Valley Academic Boosters. Students also received a personalized certificate to help remember the special occasion. The academic boosters also hold a pizza party celebration for all students earning honor or merit roll for the first three nine week grading periods. One of the academic boosters biggest goals is to recognize students for their academic achievements. The boosters also purchase academic letters and pins to award students at the end of the school year.
The Principal’s Breakfast wouldn’t be complete without listening to the music of PV’s own Jazz Combo. Members of the jazz combo include Steven Urchek Jr., Megan Tilton, David Hanneman, Chad Lynagh, Patrick Lorincz, Samantha Outten and James Riley.
Overall students had a great morning filled with good food, family and friends, a great guest speaker, and recognition for all of the hard work put into this school year.