Morgan Middle School took 10 seventh graders and 10 eighth graders to the state math competition last month and the results are back. One student has shown great courage this eighth grade year and he received a high honor.
Three of the math students deserve a special congratulations for scoring in the top 30 percent of the State Math Test. They are Peter Christensen, Eric Christensen and Parker Bailey. Our 20 mathlete students did great considering we were competing with all schools participating this year no matter their size.
There were approximately 126 schools in the statewide competition. The contest was held at Utah State University with the top math students in each grade of each school competing in an amazingly difficult test. The test took the students between two to three hours to take and included all higher level reasoning problems. Congratulations to our 20 students who represented our middle school in an awesome performance.
Another very prestigious award was presented on April 11. It was the “Josh Harvey Courage Award.” Josh Harvey was a young man who was diagnosed with cancer at 8 years old. He faced this battle with a positive attitude and great vigor. Even losing his leg didn’t hold him back from life and he still participated in bike riding, scootering, flips on his tramp, riding his mule and playing basketball with friends. He succumbed to his cancer and passed away just before his eighth grade year in 2012. It was decided by his eighth grade class last year to create the “Josh Harvey Courage Award.”
This award will be given to an eighth grade student for 5 years from last year until his peers will graduate from high school. Courage takes many forms, including the ability to face personal loss and challenges and to keep moving forward with a positive attitude.
Someone who has shown this type of courage is also one of our eighth graders this year. The “Josh Harvey Courage Award” was presented to Jackson Avery for the school year 2013-2014. On Jan. 17, Jackson’s father, Roy, was in a horrific traffic accident on the on ramp at Mountain Green. He was in the ICU and Utah Spinal Cord Rehab until just recently. While dealing with this serious injury his father incurred, Jackson continued to take care of things at home and still maintain high honor grades at school with a positive upbeat attitude. It took a great deal of courage for a 14-year-old young man to deal with all of these challenges. A big congratulations goes to Jackson.