Newcomerstown Middle School is proud to announce that eighth-grader Jessica Paige Garrett, daughter of John and Teresa Garrett, has been selected as their 2017 Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement Award Recipient. Jessica, 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 25, 2017, at the McDonald/Marlite Center in New Philadelphia.

This award recognizes and honors students who have demonstrated the characteristics exemplified by Mr. Kroc, who is the 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 or her peers and teachers alike, and who replicate Kroc's passion of helping others and giving 100% in all they do.

The general criteria considered when making the selection for this prestigious honor is:

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, a school sanctioned club, or an 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.

Congratulations to Jessica and a big "thank you" for representing our schools and our community in such positive ways.