MIDDLEBURY — On the last day of school at the end of the day, Middlebury Elementary’s student population gathered in the gym to sign yearbooks and applaud the award winners.
Principal Jeremy Miller announced the students who had perfect attendance throughout the year and then called to the center of the gym two third graders who were nominated by their teachers and selected by a committee as the 2014 Nolan Lawson Outstanding Attitude Award winners.
Nolan Lawson was a Middlebury Elementary student who died unexpectedly at school in 2001.
“He always had a smile and a caring, compassionate, positive attitude,” Miller said. “This award is in memory of him and is the highest award given at this school.”
The award is given annually to a third grade boy and girl who exhibit outstanding attitudes in all situations, a trait said Miller, which Nolan showed in his life.
Alicia Garcia was given the first of the two awards.
“She spends her day giving her very best to whatever she is working on with a smile and a helping hand to anyone who needs it,” said Miller. “Alicia looks for opportunities to be kind and good. She is a friend to everyone.”
The second Nolan Lawson Award went to Camden Cole.
Miller talked about Camden’s laid-back attitude, wonderful sense of humor and strong work ethic being a stabilizing force for the entire class.
“Camden is also blessed with a very creative imagination. He has authored or co-authored many entertaining stories including, ‘Ice Cream, Ice Cube, and the Bacon Bros’,” Miller said. “These off the wall stories have been the source of lots of giggles throughout the year!”
Aside from being an excellent all-around student, among the top of the class in both reading and math, Miller said there is little doubt that Nolan Lawson and Camden Cole would have been friends.
Both students’ parents attended the event as well as Nolan Lawson’s parents and grandparents.