Administration and staff at Davis Thomas Elementary Middle School realize the importance of recognizing students for both academic excellence and outstanding character and citizenship traits. Inspired by the school mascot, a bear, DTEMS has developed 'Golden Bear' awards, which will be given to students nominated by any school staff member. The staff is looking for children who exhibit traits such as respect, caring, honesty, responsibility, perseverance, citizenship, academic improvement and personal best. It is the hope of the school that through this recognition program, positive character traits will be instilled in students and have a lasting impact. The Tucker County Education Association sponsors a $25 certificate to a primary and a middle school student at the end of the year.
Middle school students earning Golden Bears for August and September are: Fifth grade, Samantha Bykofsky, High Expectations, Superior Behavior and Academics; Inza Pacella, Gariet Pennington, Jon Rhodes, John Anderson and Mark Barnes, Superior Behavior and Academics; and Jon Rhodes, Great Class Participation; sixth grade, David Kines, Samantha Kines, Elizabeth King, Cora McKean, Jack Melnick, Nathaniel Rader and Logan White, Superior Behavior and Academics; Kassie Kackley, Outstanding Work Ethic; and Nathaniel Rader, Motivated to Succeed; seventh grade, Isabelle Alexander, Abigail Holm and Sheyenne Delawder, Superior Behavior and Academics; Carley Eye, Superior Behavior and Academics and Helpfulness; Kordell Fulton, Positive Attitude in Class; and Evan Shahan, Giving100 Percent in Math Class; eighth grade, Abbey Eye and Alexis Roth, Superior Behavior and Academics; Timmy Kemphfer, Responsibility; Tyler Birchland, Helpful Behavior in Homeroom; and Tyler Birchland and Zoe Sypolt, Great Math Peer Tutors.