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April 18, 2012 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Schools and academics go hand-in-hand. All too often, however, students draw praise for athletic and extra-curricular activities while academic accomplishments fall by the wayside. That is why the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce should receive its own plaudits for focusing on what is important in the realm of education. The chamber is heavy into planning for its 28th Annual Academic Recognition Banquet. It has become so popular that it has outgrown its former venue, resulting in a move into spacious WesBanco Arena. Some 271 students who reside in the Martins Ferry School District will be feted May 1 for excellence in the classroom. That is an impressive and satisfying total. Paying tribute to such students reinforces what is good about the education process, as it is no easy task to earn a trip to the banquet. Students in grades 5-8 must have a 3.5 GPA while high school students must have a 3.75 GPA. Those are lofty numbers but ones that make it a notable achievement to gain a banquet invite. The Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce, its banquet committee and the Martins Ferry School District deserve much praise for their efforts to champion the cause of academic excellence. The 271 students who will be honored May 1 at the banquet also are in line for commendation for taking their education so seriously.
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