Academic excellence, character and perseverance were in the spotlight as nearly 50 South Seneca Central School District students earned recognition during a recent ceremony. The high school students of the quarter were honored for their performance and work ethic across various subject areas. In the Beyond our Borders course, students Richard Thomas, Olivia Kampnich and Heidi Longley were presented with Academic Fortitude awards, while classmates Quinton Wormuth-Mundell, Makayla R. Dawson and Sarah Corning took home Conscientious Student awards. Most Improved honors were awarded to Jon Porter (Algebra 1), James Beers (Algebra 1) and Alexia Hartford (Pre-Algebra). Kimberly Mosher earned the Diligent Worker Award, while additional mathematics awards were presented to Madison Welch, Hunter Denmark and Nikole Herndon for posting the highest average in their algebra and pre-algebra classes.Several students were also lauded for their efforts in science courses. Kirstilyn Mallory and Brent Smith earned awards for the highest average in the Basic Science class. Andre Elmore was recognized for his efforts with the Hard Work and Determination Award. Art students Parker Biesterveld, Seth Denmark and Jade Parsons earned the Artistic Accomplishment Award, while Quinton Wormuth-Mundell was honored for continuous improvement in Studio Art. Students Chloe Allen and Faith Kashella earned the Talented Artist distinction, and Maddie Welch took home the Advanced Field Trip Award. Health students also earned recognition for their performance during the third quarter of the school year. Skylar Howard, James Beers and Colby Weeks were presented with Conscientious Student awards. In English 9, students Julia Hubbard, Madelyn Houck, Seth Denmark and Anthony Reff were presented with Academic Achievement awards. Similar awards were presented for Academic Excellence to: Marris Eck (Business Math); Heidi Langley and Skylar Howard (Spanish 1); Madelyn Houck and Anthony Reff (Spanish 2); Julia Diamond and Patrick Eberts (Spanish 3); Cameron Cupp, Hannah Podgorny, Syklar Shaulis and Charles VanNess (Global History I/II); Maddie Welch and Hunter Denmark (Earth Science); and Elysha Smith, Anthony Reff, Olivia Kampnich, Hunter Denmark, Skylar Shaulis and Jeremy Faulkner (Health). Third quarter award-winners are all smiles after a recognition ceremony at South Seneca Middle/High School. In front, from left, are Jade Parsons, Hannah Podgorny, Skylar Shaulis and Andre Elmore. In the back, from left, are Maddie Welch, Sarah Corning and Hunter Denmark.South Seneca Central School District students gather for a group photo after earning awards for their success during the third marking period. In the front, from left, are Julia Hubbard, Bethany Rylie, Samantha Johnson and Madelyn Houck. In the back, from left, are Kirstilyn Mallory, John Avcisoy, Felix Jordan and Edson Updike.