Newcomerstown Middle School announces that eighth grader Brea Faith Garretson, daughter of Jason and Michelle Garretson, has been selected as the 2014 Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement Award recipient.

Brea Garretson, accompanied by her parents and school administrators, will be honored along with recipients from other area schools, at a banquet to be held on April 17 at the McDonald/Marlite Center in New Philadelphia.

This award recognizes and honors students who have demonstrated the characteristics exemplified by Mr. 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.