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Top 3 ACS Seniors recognized at 44th Annual Scholastic Achievement Recognition Dinner

     SARD AttendeesAkron High School’s top three seniors were honored at the 44th Annual Scholastic Achievement Recognition Dinner (SARD) held May 23, 2024, at Salvatore’s.  The Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association hosts the annual event that honors the outstanding educational achievement of the top three graduating seniors from public, private, and parochial schools in Erie and Niagara counties for their academic success.

     Attending the dinner and representing Akron Schools were Dawson Stone, Akron’s valedictorian, Dylan Crockford, salutatorian, and Margaret Middaugh, who earned the third top spot in the class ranking for 2024. 
     The students attended the dinner with Akron’s Superintendent, Mrs. Andrea Kersten, High School Principal Mr. Stephen Dimitroff, and Board of Education President, Mr. Erik Polkowski.
     “Dawson, Dylan, and Maggie have demonstrated exceptional dedication and hard work, embodying the true spirit of what it means to be an Akron Tiger,” said Mrs. Kersten.  “Their excellence in the classroom is matched only by their active participation in various school and community activities. Their kindness, character and unwavering commitment to excellence make us incredibly proud! We congratulate them on their outstanding achievements and are very excited to see all the great things they will accomplish in the future.”

     The top three graduating seniors in each participating Erie and Niagara County high school are recognized at the dinner and receive a specially commissioned crystal bison.    
     A motivational speaker is one of the event highlights. This year's speakers were recent graduates of Buffalo Public Schools, John and Jevon Whittington. The twins are featured in the Netflix documentary series, You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment. The Whittington brothers are also members of the R&B/rap group JFW and work as nurses at ECMC and Roswell Park, respectively. They provided an entertaining and encouraging message about following one's passion and working hard to achieve one's goals.

     SARD was developed in 1981 through a school-business partnership.  Its purpose is to spotlight outstanding students and promote the importance of academic proficiency to our communities.  Individual and business sponsors have been actively involved in providing financial support.

     “On behalf of the Akron Board of Education, I also want to thank County Line Stone, I Squared R Element, and Whiting for their generous donations toward this event,” added Mrs. Kersten.  “The support from local businesses throughout the region each year helps to make this event happen and the School Superintendents Association is appreciative.”