Seventy-eight middle and high school students and a Sugar Grove Elementary School teacher have been honored for academic excellence and excellence in teaching by the Vigo County School Corp. and First Financial Bank.

Now in its 26h year, the Academic Excellence Award was established to recognize students who have the highest grade point average in their grade level. This average is determined by the second, fifth, eighth and 11th trimester in grades nine through 12. In grades six through eight, the selected students have the highest cumulative grade point average for their grade level determined at the end of the third grading period. The students receive a plaque and have their name engraved on the permanent plaque displayed in their respective schools.

The 2009 top academic achievers at Terre Haute North Vigo High School were seniors Todd Butwin and Jenny Sanders; junior Paige Cook; sophomores Thomas Foulkes, Christie Hasbrouck and Kristin Schwartz; and freshmen Jordan Allen, Wesley Cornwell, Brooke Humphrey, Mariah Longyear and Rachel Welker.

Terre Haute South Vigo High School students receiving the Academic Excellence Award were seniors Raj Bhuptani and Pardha Ponugoti; juniors Andrew Huh, Sangeeth Jeevan, Tiffanie Manbeck, Eesha Purohit, John Ryan and Sachin Shinde; sophomores Joseph Botros, Matthew Kendall and Carly McDonald; and freshmen Mark Botros, Torey Fox, Michael Mardini, Scott Noble, Jon Payne, David Schmidt and Stephanie Thiede.

West Vigo High School students honored for academic achievements were senior Katie Ellingsworth; junior Kelsey Lindsay; sophomores Allison Fifer and Sarah Tennis; and freshman Kelsey Fischer.

Chauncey Rose Middle School students honored were eighth-graders Joshua Dadson and Erin Frisz; seventh-grader Christopher Nail; and sixth-grader Karmen Young.

Honey Creek Middle School students receiving the Academic Excellence Award were eighth-graders Samantha Ivaturi, Kaylin Jarvis, Peter Lannoo, John Austin May, Emma Sperry, Henry Stadler, Sydney Twiggs and Gary Ulrich; seventh-graders Lydia Kirillova and Dario Stephens; and sixth-grader Spencer Danielson.

Otter Creek Middle School students honored were eighth-grader Morgan Cook; seventh-grader Bo Alexandra Turner; and sixth-grader Matthew Zigler.

At Sarah Scott Middle School, students receiving the award were eighth-graders Megan Kistler and Elizabeth Morales; seventh-grader Kaitlynn Gilmore; and sixth-graders Sarah King and Takoda Sons.

West Vigo Middle School students honored were eighth-graders Jade Andres, Kayla Lindsay, Elizabeth McGlone and Erin Mundy; seventh-grader Emma Auterson; and sixth-grader Chalen Chambers.

Students at Woodrow Wilson receiving the Academic Excellence Award were eighth-graders Paige Babb and Jessie Kirchoff; seventh-graders B. Riley Bryan and Grant Potts; and sixth-graders Jayden Alley, Gabrielle Comelleri, Allison Crick, Samuel Gehman, Paxton Granda, Jessica Hubbs, Fumiya Kato, Chelsea Lunceford, Caroline Potter, Katherine Powers and Mary Rose.

During a special presentation at Sugar Grove Elementary School, second- and third-grade teacher Barbara Webster was presented with a plaque, a Waterford mantle clock and a check for $100 from First Financial Bank in recognition of her selection as Teacher of the Year. Webster has been in education for 30 years. Her memberships include the Wabash Valley International Reading Association, the National Association for Education of the Young Child and the Indiana Association for the Gifted. She has also received the ISU Distinguished Teacher Award and two Excellence in Education awards. Her name was added to the Teacher of the Year traveling plaque that was presented to the school for display on its Wall of Honor.

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