PCES recognizes HEROs and Upstanders

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GUILFORD — Over a dozen students in the younger grades at Piscataquis Community Elementary School are now HEROs for their outstanding conduct during the month of January. The HERO honorees were recognized with certificates during the school-wide morning meeting on Feb. 2.

PCES pupils earn recognition in honesty, effort, respect or responsibility and others — showing concern and caring for other — get to be HEROs (the honor is an acronym for the criteria). Several HERO students are chosen per grade by the teachers.

With the entire student body gathered in the gymnasium to the start the day on the first Friday of the Month, Assistant Principal Jessica Dunton called each HERO honoree down from the bleachers to receive their certificates and be recognized by the audience.

“How about a hand for our HEROs,” Dunton told the audience. “Keep doing your good work.”

The latest HERO recipients are Colby Avellar, Tyson Badger, Brady Ball, Madison Ball, Bella Buehne, Knolan Berry Emily-Jo Chambers, Anabelle Crocker, Kaelyn Dunnell, Nandin Erdene, Breelyn Gaw, Ally Long, Dominic Porter, Reagan Rollins and Reese Starbird.

The morning meeting included the recognition of PCES “Upstanders,” students who have stood up for their peers and/or others over the previous few weeks.

Guidance Director Jason Schriver said the latest honorees include a student who gave back the extra change she accidently received when purchasing concessions at a basketball game, a pupil who sat down with an upset peer, another making sure fellow students were being respectful and a pair of boys who worked to get a basketball stuck deep in a snowbank.

The six Upstanders called down from the bleachers were Ariana Fanjoy, Chayce Foster, Breelyn Gaw, Braeden Gerry, Hunter Martell and Aiden Miller.

All Upstanders are presented with a personalized boomerang made by Schriver, hung on the wall in the main lobby and scheduled to go home with the recipients at the end of the school year. The boomerangs signify that good deeds come back to you.

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HEROS OF PCES — Fifteen HERO honorees in kindergarten through grade 4 at Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford were recognized during the Feb. 2 morning meeting. Students are selected for exhibiting honesty, effort, respect or responsibility and/or showing concern and caring for others. HEROs are front, from left, Knolan Berry, Colby Avellar, Dominic Porter, Breelyn Gaw, Madison Ball, Nandin Erdene and Ally Long. Back, Kaelyn Dunnell, Bella Buehne, Brady Ball, Tyson Badger, Reese Starbird, Annabelle Crocker, Reagan Rollins and Emily-Jo Chambers.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
PCES UPSTANDERS — Each month Piscataquis Community Elementary School recognizes Upstanders, students who have stood up for their peers or others over the previous few weeks and honorees are presented with customized boomerangs to signify that good deeds will back to them. Upstanders honored on Feb. 2 were, from left, Breelyn Gaw, Ariana Fanjoy, Braeden Gerry, Hunter Martell and Aiden Miller. Not pictured, Chayce Foster.

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