To recognize their achievements over the past school year, several Central Middle School eighth graders received special awards during a ceremony at the CMS Performing Arts Center on June 2.
Students were recognized for excellence in leadership, language studies, speech, theatre, music, history, academics, and more.
CMS Principal Nate Swenson, Associate Principal Rich Larsen, and teachers spoke about how proud they were of how much these students had achieved in what, for many, has been an extremely challenging year.
Patti Cwodzinski, CMS social studies teacher, said, “I’m very pleased to be able to recognize these incredible students.”
Larsen added, “The word that comes to mind with this bunch is ‘consistency’—they are talented and hardworking. Congratulations!”
The honorees were as follows:
English Language Learner Awards
Fluent English Proficiency Awards: Grace Arvizu, Belvanie Njiki Wandji.
English Language Leadership Award: Jose Coello Marin.
English Language Development and Academic Achievement Award: Yuuka Sakate.
Eden Prairie Optimist Award Nominee
Spandan Datta, Lillian James, Milo Lovely, Elizabeth Scheid, Allison Schuessler, Samuel Walberg.
Minnesota History Day Awards
Nico Allen, Yuqin Cao, Spandan Datta, Cecelia Erickson, Emily Gahlon, Gwendolyn Glasrud, Shaurya Gumma, Alex Jossi, Simone Kaura, Kotono Kazama, Claire Lee, Timothy Moore, Parasram Nemani, Sadie Nistler, Adam Ouachani, Zakariya Ouachani, Annika Rice, Lilia Roberts, Allison Schuessler, Kendall Scott, Devanshu Shah, Mukund Shiva.
Top Jazz Award: Kendall Scott.
Band Director’s Awards: Esther Olajos, Aaron Claver, Laura Berge.
Band Citizenship Awards: Daniel Anderson, Richard Briscoe, Erin McCloud, Shailee Rana, Payton Curry.
Patriot’s Pen Awards
Annika Rice, Allison Schuessler.
Speech Team Awards
Shreyan Bagchi, Ellanor Fuller, Shagana Manigandan, Rohana Mudireddy, Parasram Nemani, Shailee Rana, Annika Rice.
Thespian Society Recognition Awards
Leah Anderson, Zeina Barry, Richard Briscoe, Isabella Charewicz, Amelia Cigelske, Joelle Conlee, Victoria Dover, Vonnie Duong, Olivia Dyson, Ryan Heinzeller, Megan Knutson, Sophia Konze, Julian Pudenz, Britta Rekstad, Ella Schumacher, Saadiyah Siddiqui, Maryam Syed, Natalie Tran, Samuel Wolberg.
Special Recognition: Erin McCloud.
President’s Education Awards
Adam Aanderud, Nico Allen, Leah Anderson, Evan Arvold, Eiman Azmin, Shreyan Bagchi, Jackson Beaupre, Alexa Bernardy, Brett Bialczyk, Rylan Bischoff, Sydney Bond, Aiden Boudreau, Yuqin Cao, Jia Chenchlani, Spandan Datta, Tsering Dhundup,
Carson Ehlers, Alexander Ergun, Cecelia Erickson, Matthew Erickson, Samantha Erickson, Zane Frost, Ellanor Fuller, Emily Gahlon, Riahm Gale, Benjamin Gilmore, Gwendolyn Glasrud, Ian Gong, Zulayho Habibullaeva, Etnik Hajrullahu, Aidan Harris, Benjamin Hepper, Grace Hudson, Presslie Huebsch, Aubrey Hyland, Augustus Jacobson, Lillian James, Kady Johnson, Alex Jossi, Bryce Kangas, Simone Kaura, Kotono Kazama, Kieran Kelly, Savannah Kohls, Alexandra Kojetin, Ayush Kumar, Claire Lee, Olivia Lin, Michael Lotzow, Ruthusri Madheshwara, Benjamin Martin, Kira McDowell, Victor Missling, Laeda Mitchell, Timothy Moore, Ava Muilenburg, Sadie Nistler, Eliannah Pennington, Shailee Rana, Marleigh Redington, Paili Rice, Annika Rice, Lilia Roberts, Soren Rosdahl, Eshaan Salunke, Audrey Sauro, Allison Schuessler, Harrison Serk, Devanshu Shah, Suhana Sharma, Jace Siverson, Seamus Sloan, Aaron Styczinski, Emma Sullivan, Maxim Suslov, Natalie Tran, Emily Weaver, Colin Weiher, Bennett Wilmer, Alexander Wycoff.