They left school on March 13 as eighth-graders, but are now ready to become high school freshmen.
Campbellsville Middle School eighth-graders were honored with several special awards and recognitions in a virtual ceremony on Sunday, May 17.
CMS Principal Zach Lewis told his eighth-graders the purpose of the ceremony is to honor them for their hard work this school year.
“It’s been my privilege as principal of Campbellsville Middle School to watch these students grow, as students, as club members, as teammates, but most importantly, as people.”
Lewis said he and the teachers at CMS have watched students meet personal and academic goals they sometimes believed were impossible.
“ … This group of students has worked extremely hard to win multiple district, state and national awards for Campbellsville Middle School.”
Lewis thanked students’ parents and family members for loving and supporting their children.
“The teachers and staff at Campbellsville Middle School can’t wait to see the accomplishments this group of students will make over the next four years at Campbellsville High School.”
Lewis said it was difficult to put his message to eighth-grade students into words.
“I think none of us ever imagined when you walked out the doors on March 13, that would be the final day many of you would see some of your teachers and friends as students of Campbellsville Middle School.”
While reflecting on their time at CMS, Lewis said, he goes back to the eighth-graders’ first day at the middle school.
“I’m sure many of you were anxious, nervous, and, to be honest with you, I was probably feeling the same emotions because it was my first day as principal.”
Lewis said he wants to tell eighth-graders some of what he has learned over the years.
“Life’s not easy,” he said. “Accept it, get over it and believe it.”
Life won’t always go as planned, Lewis said, and it’s important to learn from each experience and do better the next time.
“Your situation doesn’t define who you are,” he said. “Your response to the situation is all that matters.”
Lewis said students will face many times in their lives in which they realize life isn’t easy.
“Doing the right thing is sometimes not that easy,” he said.
Lastly, Lewis said, he hopes students find their purpose and define their own success.
“Don’t compare your life to anybody else,” he said. “Stay focused on what success means to you and do what makes you happy.
“Don’t change who you are, according to who you hang out with or happen to be around,” he said. “Strive to be a person of integrity and character. And always work to be the best version of yourself.
“Most importantly, find a way to make a positive impact in someone’s life.”
Lewis said high school won’t always be easy, but he promises students can do anything they put their minds and effort to accomplish.
“Students, please continue to use the people around you to help you meet your goals,” he said.
“You’re surrounded by people who love you, who care about you and want to see you succeed.
“I can’t wait to be sitting in Hamilton Auditorium four years from now to watch each of you graduate from Campbellsville High School.”
Several leadership and other special awards were presented during the ceremony.
Chloe Thompson and Isaac Garrison received the leadership awards.
Receiving the citizenship awards are Karlie Cox and Kayden Birdwell.
Ellington Gowin and Leo Lamer received the cooperation award.
Angelica Seng and Kayden Birdwell received the scholarship awards.
And Chloe Mitchell and Nathan McFarland received the Cameron Smith awards.
Additional award winners are:
Social Studies – Zachary Akin.
Integrated Science – Angelica Seng.
Pre-Algebra – Zachary Akin.
Language Arts – Nathan McFarland.
Writing – Dawson Creason.
Algebra 1 – Kayden Birdwell.
Algebra 2 – Angelica Seng.
General Music – Isaac Garrison.
Chorus – Most Outstanding Girl – Kayla Keith.
Best Band Musician – Conner Rinehart.
Band Most Improved – K.J. Forbis.
Band Director’s Award – Zachary Akin.
Art – Jovi Bowen.
President’s Honor Roll (All As for first three nine-week grading periods)
Isaac Garrison, Nathan McFarland and Angelica Seng.
Academic Team Honors
The CMS academic team placed second overall and in quick recall at District competition.
Kayden Birdwell placed first in science and third in language arts.
Karlie Cox was fifth in written composition.
Brianna Dobson was fourth in arts and humanities.
Isaac Garrison was first in math and fifth in science.
Nathan McFarland was fourth in math.
Angelica Seng was second in math and third in social studies.
Conner Tipton was second in science.
At region competition, the CMS team was third overall and in quick recall, which ties for the team’s highest placement since 1992.
Birdwell was first in science.
Cox was fifth in written composition.
Seng was second in math and Garrison was third.
Junior Beta Club
Club members receiving certificates of merit include Gracie Tungate, Conner Tipton, Chloe Thompson, Gracie Taylor, Alexis Sharp, Angelica Seng, Braelyn Price, Diego Noyola, Chloe Mitchell, Nathan McFarland, Devin Kinser, Ava Hughes, Tashaun Hart, Kiara Graves, Ellington Gowin, Isaac Garrison, Brianna Dobson, Karlie Cox, Lillee Byrne, Aryanna Britton, Gabby Bright, Jovi Bowen and Kayden Birdwell.
Thompson served as state and national vice president.
Birdwell placed third in language arts and qualified to compete at nationals.
Thompson, Price, Hughes and Gowin placed third in service learning and qualified to compete at nationals.
Zachary Akin and Conner Rinehart served as supporting officer committee chairs at state convention.
Karlie Cox was an outstanding delegate.
Hunter Falls was a candidate for presiding officer.
Leaders of Central Kentucky Awards
Gracie Taylor, Chloe Mitchell, Alexis Sharp, Angelica Seng, Isaac Garrison, Lillee Byrne, Karlie Cox, Chloe Thompson, Ava Hughes, Jesse King, Aaliyah Nunez and Keondre Weathers.