Elkins Middle School honored more than 100 students who excelled during state testing at a special event Tuesday evening.

“This is the greatest student body I have ever been associated with,” EMS Principal Rich Carr said. “It is great to take the time to honor these students. Our school scores overall were phenomenal.”

Eight EMS students achieved the “distinguished” distinction on last year’s WESTEST on all areas of testing including mathematics, language arts, science and social studies. Those students included Kassie Miller, Aodhan Minney, Caleb McBride, Jared Parsons, Justin Bibey, Joey Backus, Shaina Morgan and Sydney Schumacher.

Tuesday’s event honored them, along with nearly 100 other Elkins Middle School students that achieved the “distinguished” distinction in at least one of the areas of testing.

Carr said these students are sometimes overlooked.

“We wanted to celebrate the accomplishments of these students,” Carr said. “I could not be more proud of what they do. The WESTEST is the measuring stick of achievement in our state and our students have done great.”

The celebration was sponsored by the Elkins Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization. PTSO vice president Mechelle Fitzgerald said everyone helped with the event.

“Mrs. (Mabel) Howell and Mrs. (Rochelle) Chenoweth helped organize and decorate for tonight’s event,” Fitzgerald said. “All of the parents brought in food to share.”

Fitzgerald said she has two sons that attend EMS and both of them were honored Tuesday evening.

“My sons Joey and Tommy did well on the WESTEST and they enjoy attending Elkins Middle School,” Fitzgerald said. “The staff supports the students and help them by not only teaching, but my making sure they understand what they are learning. So many students achieving ‘distinguished’ speaks for their dedication.”

Students honored at Tuesday’s WESTEST celebration received a certificate of achievement and fun coupons to use during school.

The WESTEST is administered to students in West Virginia public schools and is used to measure a student’s levels of performance on clearly defined standards and objectives and skills.