Newcomerstown Middle School eighth grader Amber Moore, daughter of Stacey Moore, Newcomerstown, and Jeff Moore, Kimbolton, has been selected as the 2013 Ray A. Kroc Award recipient.

Amber, accompanied by her parents and school administrators, was honored along with recipients from other area schools, at a banquet on Wednesday, April 10 at the McDonald/Marlite Center in New Philadelphia. This award honors students who have demonstrated the characteristics exemplified by Kroc (founder of McDonald's restaurants) -- persistence, determination, hard work and all-around excellence.

Generally, the recipients are students who have earned the respect of his/her peers and teachers alike. Below are general criteria that are considered when making the selection for this prestigious honor:

Citizenship -- Community involvement through volunteer work in a social organization, civic group, church, etc.

Leadership -- Holding a position of authority within the school or community(e.g. student government, school -sanctioned club, or outside organization)

Scholarship -- High performance level in a challenging classroom environment.

Sportsmanship -- Display characteristics of good sportsmanship, whether through participation in or support of athletic teams.