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Cook High School honors outstanding students and staff

Cook High School recognized students and staff members who have excelled. CHS Principal Dr. Joi Williams joined Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tim Dixon and Board of Education Chairman Jeff Taylor in presenting the awards during the Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, regular session of the Cook County Board of Education.

Golden Bus Driver Award - Ellar Simmons
Golden Bus Driver Award - Ellar Simmons
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The awards included:

Top Two Highest Reading Growth Measure Assessment Growth for Beginning to Mid Year 2022-2023 School Year: Angel Herring, Ninth Grade; Cameron Givens, Ninth Grade; Acy Dorminy, 10th Grade; Ja’Destine Patterson, 10th Grade; Levi Findley, 11th Grade; and Alexander Gordy, 11th Grade.

Top Two Highest Scores on EOC Tests

Franklin J. Lopez-Salas, 11th Grade, USH; Caleb M. Warren, 11th Grade, USH; Taylor Furman, 10th Grade, AM Lit; Kinsley A. Howell, 10th Grade, AM Lit; Brody Young, 10th Grade, Biology; Lamara N. Kinsey, Ninth Grade, Biology; Abel Choncoa De La Cruz, Ninth Grade, ALG 1; and Josue Hernandez Ramirez, Ninth Grade, ALG 1.

Highest Overall Lexile

Taylor L. Furman, 10th Grade, AM Lit; Kinsley A. Howell, 10th Grade, AM Lit; and Maggie G. Kelley, 10th Grade, AM Lit.

Student of the Month

• August, PE, Canaan Ponce.

• September, Business (Carter, Tillman), Matthew Jacob.

• October, Math, Branden Hazeltine.

• November, Science, Patience Scruggs.

• December, ELA, Taylor Furman.

Golden Bus Driver Award – Ellar Simmons

Transportation Director Lana Siska joined Dr. Williams in presenting this award.

According to CHS, “this lady always greets the students and adults with a smile. She has such positive relationships with the students who ride her bus daily and provides assistance for them when needed. Mrs. Ellar Simmons deserves this wonderful recognition.”

Golden Daylily Award – Marie Moore

According to CHS, “this lady is one that keeps everyone smiling and is always in such a good mood. She talks to everyone throughout the day as she is working and even dances around to uplift others. She has received multiple nominations on our Staff of the Month form and helps keep our school looking amazing. We love having her in our CHS family.”

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