Top of the Morning, March 26, 2019


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Potomac eighth-grader Cadence Crull has been chosen as one of 15 Scholar Attitude Award winners by the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA).

The 14-year-old was told of the honor at lunch on Thursday. She is the first Potomac student honored in the award's 20 years. (Read the list of all-time winners)

"I was shocked and surprised," she said.

To be considered, eighth-graders must have a minimum grade-point-average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, participate in at least one IESA activity during each year of their two-year junior high career, and demonstrate outstanding citizenship.

Each student also was required to submit an essay titled "The Value of Sportsmanship."

"I wrote one that was very personal," Crull said. "Sportsmanship is not only for sports but in the classroom and everywhere else, too."

The Potomac teen enjoys reading and camping. At school, she plays volleyball and basketball and competes in Speech and Scholastic Bowl.

"She's sweet and quiet," Potomac athletic director Sara Parkerson said. "She always has a smile on her face."

The 15 recipients will be honored at an April 30 luncheon in Bloomington.

The 2019 winners:

Division A

Jack Rhyner, Chicago St. Benedict

Division B

Tyler Gehl, Geneseo MS

Division C

Sam Tholen, Yorkville

Division D

Zach Pekol, Shorewood Troy

Division E

Kortney Harms, Flanagan

Division F

Autumn Gray, Glasford Illini Bluffs

Division G

Chloe Whalen, Herscher Limestone

Division H

Chloe French, Normal Epiphany

Division I

Lacie Schultz, Greenview

Division J

Landon Smith, Ashland A-C Central

Division K

Cadence Crull, Potomac

Division L

Alyssa Reed, Paris Mayo

Division M

Kylie Kinser, Carrollton St. John

Division N

Erika Garrard, Robinson Nuttall

Division O

Jackson Rodgers, Edwardsville Liberty

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