It’s time to give the hard workers the credit they deserve. They aren’t necessarily the valedictorians, and they might not be all-star athletes — but they are highly motivated students who achieve — oftentimes without the promise of a reward.
While standard measures of success can underestimate these individuals, Awards4U’s Medallion Awards Program recognizes Tallahassee high school students who might not normally receive acknowledgment for their efforts.
The annual Medallion Awards Program invites high school teachers to nominate their students who stand out in a broad range of ways. Awards4U sets no specific nomination criteria, and teachers can select students with accomplishments spanning from improving class grades to saving someone’s life.
This spring, Awards4U honored 187 students from six local high schools: Amos P. Godby High School, Lawton Chiles High School, Leon High School, Lincoln High School, Rickards High School and SAIL High School. A full list of each Medallion Award recipient is included below.
Awards4U President and CEO Sam Varn introduced the awards program in 1987, and after attending one of the very early awards ceremonies, Varn saw the effect it had on students, teachers and parents. He then decided to continue the program for as long as he was able.
“There are so many students that are just doing the best they can and if they are giving their all or making a difference somehow, then why shouldn’t they be recognized?” said Varn. “Acknowledging somebody’s hard work and dedication is important, not only to help them understand for their own benefit that it was worthwhile but also for them to understand that their accomplishment has value.”
Here’s to all the hard workers out there. Your effort is award worthy.
Spring 2015 Medallion Award Winners
Godby H.S. Achievement Medallion Award
Sebastian (Juan) Gil
Chiles Pride of the Pack Medallion Award
Anna Jane Hand
Ginger Lee Lovelady
Leon’s Pride Award
Sean Kurt Macalacad
Bergstrom “Strom” Wingate
Lincoln Special Recognition Award
Rickards IMAGE Award Winners
Jennifer Dela Pena
SAIL H.S. Pirate Medallion Award