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Students recognized with Swan Award

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PROUD: High school office secretary Dawn Saunders hugs student Chasity Honeycutt, who was one of four students to receive a Kathy Swan Award at Monday night’s board meeting.
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AWARDS: Principal Kyle Wieland brags on students and Kathy Swan Award recipient Jacob Thompson during the Wabash City Schools board meeting Monday night.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

Four Wabash High School students were honored during the Wabash City Schools board meeting on Monday night with the Kathy Swan Award.

Kathy Swan was a teacher of business at Wabash High School. Swan died in a plane accident in 2005, and the Kathy Swan Award was created in 2006 in her memory and to honor students who work hard and overcome personal struggles to succeed.

Principal Kyle Wieland said the award recognizes one student in every grade level. Instead of filling out an application, students are nominated by teachers that recognize their efforts each day in the classroom.

“It’s the ones that make it so much easier and enjoyable for us to come to work everyday,” he said. “They’re the ones who are here, they’re the ones who are positive, they’re the ones who work hard, they’re the ones who are kind to their fellow classmates and respectful to the teachers.

Students Dani Lee, Bryson Zapata, Jacob Thompson and Chasity Honeycutt were recognized by their teachers and given plaques at the board meeting Monday.

“They didn’t even know it was something they were trying for, but what they did everyday, just because of who they are, was why they were selected,” Wieland said.

Students with Wabash High School speech team were also honored for their performance at the recent state competition. One student, Rebekah Freeman, placed sixth in the state for her oral interpretation piece “God Save the Queers.”

Speech coach James Burns said he’s never had a student advance as far as Freeman, and said he kept telling her to “be loose and have fun.”

The next Wabash school board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 15 at Wabash Middle School.