GREENVILLE — Greenville K-8 presented 13 students with certificates honoring their perfect scores in the State of Ohio’s AIR (American Institutes of Research) Math Test.
The test is administered annually to mark the progress and growth of students in the third through eighth grades, Middle School Principal Rhonda Schaar said. She said having 13 students do so well this year is indicative of hard work on the part of the students and the teachers.
“Usually we have one or two at the most,” she said. “To have this many indicates we’re doing some things that are right.”
Schaar added, “These are top-notch students that we’re extremely proud of, and they deserve this recognition, as well as their teachers who worked really hard to be on top of their game and working on what the students need based on what the state has expected.”
Superintendent Doug Fries said, “I’d like to congratulate all these young people for an outstanding job done academically. A perfect score on their AIR math test is an outstanding accomplishment. More importantly, we salute these kids as leaders in our school, the excellent job that they do in the educational process every day.
“We’d also like to thank their teachers for their hard work and dedication,” he added. “It’s everybody working together — parents working with kids, teachers working with kids — it’s everybody working together, it shows the success we can have.”
Eighth-grader Brandon Howard described the test as “pretty difficult” and said he didn’t expect to get a perfect score.
“Math is my favorite subject, and I guess I’m not a natural at it but it’s something I learn pretty quickly,” he said.
Sixth-grader Shyanne Gibboney said, “I think it was really easy, just because I like math. In tests before I usually got perfect scores.”
Asked what advice she would give fellow students taking the test, she said, “Do well in school and make sure you pay attention.”