PRISM Award Recipients Announced

The Massillon Public Library has announced the winners of its prestigious PRISM awards. The 29th annual presentation honored Performance Recognition ISchools of Massillon, spotlighting outstanding leadership, citizenship, scholarship and other noteworthy accomplishments.

Students are nominated by teachers, parents or friends and chosen by a selection committee. During the awards presentation in the Massillon Public Library auditorium, each PRISM winner received a keepsake bookmark engraved with his or her name and two books with a special bookplate bearing the recipient’s name—one for their personal use and one to be placed in his or her school library in their honor.

PRISM winners for the 2016-2017 school year are: Landon Booth, Whittier, Grade 1, nominated by teacher Rochelle Lewis for Outstanding Reading Achievement. Bryler Ries, Gorrell, Grade 3, nominated by teacher Melissa Panagopoulos for Perseverance and Success. Sofia Dreussi, Franklin Elementary, Grade 3, nominated by teacher Angela Bumgardner for Outstanding Scholarship, Leadership and Citizenship. Quinlyn Doney, St. Barbara School, Grade 4, nominated by Ann Weakland for Outstanding Skills in Creative Writing. Yoseline Leon-Pablo, Massillon Intermediate School, Grade 4, nominated by Jennifer Wolgamott for Outstanding Citizenship. John Pennington-Cupples, Massillon Junior High School, Grade 7, nominated by teachers Melissa Lynch and Alicia George for Community Service. George Gorman, St. Mary School, Grade 8, nominated by teacher Ida Gorman (no relation to nominee) for Citizenship and Leadership. Jordan Whitlow, Massillon Christian School, Grade 11, nominated by teacher Vicki Mishler for Outstanding Scholarship and Devotion to Family.

Washington High School Media Specialist (Librarian) Sarah-Jane Studer was named the Beacon Award winner, an honor that goes to a school employee who promotes reading and encourages students to use library resources. Studer, who was nominated by Massillon Public Library Director Sherie Brown, received an award engraved with her name and a copy of Seeking Human Kindness.