By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
The Marion County Board of Education took time out at its meeting Monday night to focus on student achievement.
The board recognized Katie Morgan, a fifth-grade student at Monongah Middle School, for being a finalist in the West Virginia Braille Challenge.
Teacher Erin Bashaw introduced the large crowd at the meeting to Morgan, who loves to read Braille books and whose ability to write has earned her three scholarships to space camp. Morgan said she likes to write scary stories and mysteries and wants to be an author when she grows up.
Morgan enjoys pottery and cooking, and she has been involved in special activities through Marion County Special Education, Bashaw said.
“She’s probably one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen,” Monongah Middle School Principal Steve Malnick said of Morgan. “I wish her all the best, and we’re happy to have her.”
The board of education also honored several eighth-graders who became a Knight or Lady of the Golden Horseshoe for outstanding accomplishments in West Virginia history. The local recipients were Austin Composky and Devony Workman of Fairview Middle, Elizabeth Kocsis of Monongah Middle, Taylor Miller of Fairmont Catholic and Andrew Slusser of East Fairmont Junior.