Dr. Jim Pritchett, principal at Rolla High School, was one of eight Missouri principals to receive the Consummate Professional award at his professional association’s spring conference, and for that, the Rolla Board of Education at a recent meeting gave him a board recognition certificate. But that wasn't the whole program the other night . . .

Dr. Jim Pritchett, principal at Rolla High School, was one of eight Missouri principals to receive the Consummate Professional award at his professional association’s spring conference, and for that, the Rolla Board of Education at a recent meeting gave him a board recognition certificate.
Many students also received board recognition certificates for their scholastic accomplishments, and Pritchett credited them, as well as other students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators and the school board for helping him in his job daily.
“I’m fortunate to work with a great group of people,“ Pritchett told the school board after receiving his recognition certificate. He credited everyone from the board on down the ranks.
He noted that this is his 21st year in education, and the job has grown in responsibility to mean “less time for day-to-day stuff.” Fortunately, there is a lot of support from the people around him who have a similar commitment to the goal of educating young people and helping them in personal development.
“That’s what makes it all work,” he said of the shared commitment at Rolla High School. “It’s a great place to work.”
The Consummate Professional award is an annual honor given by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals and Walsworth Publishing Co. to one principal in each of the eight association districts. The awards were given to Pritchett and the other seven principals at the association’s conference at The Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks.
Each principal received $500 to give to a student, and Pritchett told the school board he would give his award as a scholarship to an RHS senior.
Also receiving board certificates were many students. Here’s a  summary of the awards given at recent board meetings.
The board recognized Ella Schrader, Mohamed Algraiw, Morgan Moats and Zain Al-Ogaidi, students who placed in math competitions held earlier this year.
The Rolla Future Business Leaders of America team received local honors for team and individual performances at the District II Competition and the State Competition.
Aaron Burke placed 10th in the impromptu speaking contest.
Samuel Kimball placed fifth in securities and investments and sixth in business calculations contests..
Luke Gibfried and Jaedyn Weimer placed ninth in the marketing team contest.
Luke Gibfried, Jaedyn Weimer and Coleman Brainard,  placed seventh in the sports and entertainment management team contest
Thomas Booker competed in business law.
Aaron Burke competed in cyber security.
Aaron Haberman and Kat Halbert attended the State Leadership Conference as voting delegates.
The Rolla High School Student Council was recognized for receiving the Gold Honor Council Award from the Missouri Association of Student Councils.
The award honors councils that have a comprehensive program in promoting student activities and student leadership. The RHS Student Council faculty mentor Rodger Bridgeman said the RHS council is so good that the association looks to them for guidance. “They use our application for the state model template,“ Bridgeman said.
On a related note, the board recognized Valerie Freppon, Victoria Freppon and Taylor Young for earning the Distinguished Student Leader Award, a way to recognize students who demonstrate superior student council leadership skills and knowledge
“I’m really proud of these girls,” Bridgeman said. They started their dedication to community service and school activities in ninth grade, he said. “This is only a small glimpse of their student involvement.”
The school board recognized students who competed in the Pummill Math Relays at the Missouri State University campus. Rolla took first place in the “Challenging Problems” event. The Rolla team that placed second for Class 4 schools and third overall in geometry was composed of Mya Burken, Emma Puetz, Yahya ElGawdy and Giorigi Tsiklauri.
Placing in individual contests were Elana Bai, third place in geometry; Kathleen Beetner, fourth place in geometry; Sudatta Hor, first place in Algebra II; David Ditton, fifth place in Algebra II and Aaron Burke, third place in Calculus.
Two Rolla High Schools seniors, Alec Falkenhain and Jesse Liu, were selected for Missouri Scholars 100, a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. To be selected, the students had to have a minimum grade point average of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,900, be ranked in the upper 10 percent of  the class and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English and foreign language. The students must also have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen and be involved in he school activity program.
Alyssa Moses from Walsworth Publishing Company attended a board meeting to present the Growler Yearbook staff with the Gallery of Excellence award.
“Your yearbook is an elite book,” she said, noting that Walsworth is proud to print the book each year. The Growler is one of a prestigious collection of yearbooks.
In addition to the award to the staff, she presented a special plaque to the journalism and publications mentor, Mary Gillis.
Gillis then announced the state awards that have been received by the ECHO Magazine staff.
The magazine earned the All-Missouri state honor for the second consecutive year.
Senior Editor-in-Chief Celia Parsons received three individual awards. One was the top All-Missouri award in feature writing. The others were an Excellent and Honorable Mention for other feature stories published this past school year.
Theresa Lauer, a senior, received an Excellent award in feature writing. Sophomores Diya Allada and Maia Bond won Honorable Mention in feature writing.
Junior Caroline Adams received a Superior award in feature writing and an Honorable Mention in page design and an Excellent Award in feature design.
Junior Sophia Gesualdi earned a Superior award in feature writing, a Superior in newsmagazine design and an honorable mention in page design.
Senior Ashanti Owuso-Brafi, earned an Honorable Mention in page design.
Junior Adrienne Pyeatt earned a Superior in newsmagazine design.
 Sophomores Bailey Allison and Lorren Black each earned  Excellent awards in feature writing..
DECA students Maddy Jones and Ryann Rigsby were recognized for their recent achievements as International Qualifiers and Top 10 Finalists The students are taught by Billie Jo Stringer, marketing instructor at RTI. The DECA club also raised more than $14,500 for MDA, earning a fourth place nationally..
Choir students who participated in the State Music Contest were recognized. The vocal trio of Aaron Haberman, Sam Wilsdorf and Tristan Lietz received a I rating, the highest rating at the contest.
Hannah Holton-Langley received a I rating on her vocal solo. Christina Woelk received a II rating on her solo.
Band students that received a I rating at the District Band Contest were recognized. They are: Kristina Happel, flute and flute trio; Sudatta Hor, tuba; Sam Kimball, bass clarinet; Rachel Phelps, flute trio; Sarah Woods, French horn; Katherine Yu, flute and flute trio.
The board recognized the Academic Team coached by Lisa McCarthy for these accomplishments: sectional match wins, top 8, advancing to state playoffs, finishing fifth at state. Co-captain Tim Van Hoose made the All-State team as the third highest scoring competitor of the preliminary rounds. Others on the team: Eireena Bay, Isaac Brown, Kayla Copeland, Julia Giesey, Kassi Hayes, Samuel Kimball, Jesse Liu (captain), Ifeanyi Orizu, Zane Peterman, Samuel Wilsdorf and Renee Wang.
The board recognized A-Plus students who have volunteered 100 or more hours during their high school career: Jordan Asberry, Amber Back, Amber Breen, Douglas Brigham, Isaac Brown, Alexis Brown, Kaley Burgess, Tyler Dillon, Victoria Freppon, Valerie Freppon, Klayton Garner, Luke Gibfried, Kayla Halinar, Mohammed Jawad, Kameron Jordan, Landon Kamper, Jessica Mallery, Mackenzie Masters, Brittany Miller, Jeffrey Moss, Celia Parsons, Morgan Phenix, Lara Powell, Jia Qiu, Olivia Rinck, Emily Robertson, Ashley Wilson, Christina Wilson, Darby Young.