Parents and principals with Putnam's "Most Valuable": Pictured (l to r) are Richard Grim (BHS Principal), Brad Pierson, Doug Pierson (Most Valuable Bison), Barbara Pierson, Mike Brown (Most Valuable Redskin), Connie Raynes, RudiAnn Raynes (Most Valuable Dot), Vic Donalson (Poca High Principal), Joyce Swanson (Hurricane High Principal), Don Broyles (Rotary President), Tom Midkiff (Rotary Education Chair), and Rudolph Raynes.<
May 10, 2005
The "Most Valuable" of Putnam's seniors were recognized with college scholarships by Rotary today during their noon luncheon at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. The awards are a long-standing club tradition.
While each school has some discretion in selection, the $500 award was patterned after a student recognition program already in place about eight years ago. Athletes and scholars were already recognized, but Putnam Rotary wanted to recognize leadership and citizenship in addition to other outstanding traits.
The nominee is overall the top student in the senior class. At one high school, a formal portrait is unveiled as the winner is announced. The portrait is maintained by the school in a special "hall of fame."
Generally, anyone may nominate a "most valuable" candidate. Teachers weigh performance in classroom and on the court, track and field. Then students vote, and the "Most Valuable" is announced at a public assembly.
Receiving scholarships today were Brad Pierson, Buffalo High's Most Valuable Bison, son of Richard and Barbara Pierson; Mike Brown, Hurricane High's Most Valuable Redskin; and RudiAnn Raynes, Poca High's Most Valuable Dot, daughter of Rudolph and Connie Raynes.
Left to right are Mike Brown (Hurricane), Doug Pierson (Buffalo) and RudiAnn Raynes (Poca).