Greenup students honored for excellence, march across field to celebrate


Submitted Photo Students of Greybranch Elementary School marching across field.


Submitted Photo Students of Argillite Elementary School marching across field.


By Joseph Pratt

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Greenup County School District highlighted its golden students during the Annual Musketeer March of Pride during the halftime of the Oct. 9 football game.

The Musketeer March of Pride allows students who assisted the district in reaching the status of proficient to walk across the football field and show their positive involvement in the district, each student behind a banner representing their school. A total of 1,166 students from seven schools scored proficient or distinguished on last school year’s state testing and hundreds of those students stood to show pride in their district and to take the honorable march around the field.

Superintendent Sherry Horsley explained that this event is her favorite of the year, because it gives students the opportunity to stand up and receive attention for their hard work.

“It is my favorite because it recognizes the accomplishments of our students and our staff,” Horsley said. “It is heartwarming to see the smiles and pride on the faces of students, parents, and everyone at the event.”

Horsley said that the march is always accepted with positive remarks from guests at the football game, even the away team.

“The march usually earns standing ovations from everyone in attendance,” Horsley said. “Even the opposing team enjoys it and will stand to show respect. We overheard guests this year talking about how nice it was and even said they would like to see something similar done in their home district next year.”

The students will test again this spring. Horsley said she feels confident in her students doing well and believes many more will join the march again next year.

“It just makes my heart smile, to see all of them excited for their accomplishments,” Horsley said. “It is also nice to know they have had such accomplishments, which will contribute to them having bright futures.”

Reach Joseph Pratt at 740-353-3101, ext. 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.

Submitted Photo Students of Greybranch Elementary School marching across field.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_GES-MoP.jpgSubmitted Photo Students of Greybranch Elementary School marching across field.

Submitted Photo Students of Argillite Elementary School marching across field.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_AES-MoP.jpgSubmitted Photo Students of Argillite Elementary School marching across field.
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