High school program honors largest group of students yet
A group of bright and motivated students helped Dowagiac Union High School’s Youth Experiencing Success achieve yet another whopper of a milestone Thursday.
The program recognized 56 freshmen during its latest awards ceremony that morning in the high school media center, rewarding the students for achieving all A’s and B’s during the third marking period. The amount of students honored that morning topped the previous record for students recognized, established in November when YES gave out certificates to 51 freshmen for a similar accomplishment during the first marking period.
Once again partnering with the school was the Dowagiac Burger King. Local Store Manager AJ Fitzpatrick and Bill Lee, vice president of operations with Quality Dining (the Dowagiac store’s parent company) spoke with students briefly about the accomplishment before handing out certificates, which included a coupon for a free Whopper meal at the fast food chain.
“These kids deserve recognition for the grades they got,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’re happy to reward them for what they’ve accomplished.”
This was the third year that Burger King has partnered with YES to reward students for their academic achievements. With Thursday’s ceremony, the fast food chain has given out 148 coupons for free meals, said Doug Pearson, a student advocate at the school and organizer of the YES program.
Other companies that have participated in the YES program include the local McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Saylor’s Pizza and Little Caesars.
Businesses interested in participating in future YES events are encouraged to email Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honored Thursday were:
Manuel Gonzalez Olvera