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Rebersburg students receive Bierly memorial awards

by on June 07, 2018 10:12 AM

REBERSBURG — Students at the Miles Township Elementary School in Rebersburg gathered for an awards assembly in the school’s all-purpose room May 30 for the presentation of the seventh annual Roger A. Bierly Memorial Scholarship Awards. 

Bierly was raised in Rebersburg, attended Miles Township Elementary School and graduated from Penns Valley High School. He served six terms as Centre County’s register of wills before a battle with cancer took his life several years ago, and his family then established the award for outstanding students at the school.

One student from each grade, kindergarten through fourth, was nominated by his or her  teacher for the award. The nominations were based on each student’s reading and writing abilities, classroom attitudes and the following of the three “R's” of good behavior — being ready, respectful and responsible.

The awards were presented by Bierly’s daughter Jennifer Bierly, a State College attorney, who also grew up in Rebersburg and attended Miles Township Elementary School. Also present at the assembly was Roger Bierly’s brother Keith Bierly, a Rebersburg native and former Centre County commissioner who operates Forefathers Book Store in Rebersburg.

Taking first-place was first-grader Jordyn Heckman. She is the first student at the school to be nominated for the award twice, having received the second runner-up award last year. Heckman’s teacher, Robin Kabilko, praised Heckman’s work ethic and personality.
“In 28 years of teaching, I have never met a little girl so kind, considerate, compassionate and willing to do the best that she can possibly do to be successful in the classroom,” said Kabilko.

Fourth-grade student Reagan Fetterolf was named first runner-up. Second runner-up was second-grader Araya Weeden, third runner-up was Harley Snare, a kindergarten student, and fourth runner-up was third-grader Melissa Freed.

These students were all praised by their teachers for their classroom attitude, academic performance, good behavior and work ethic. The winning students all received gift cards from Brothers Pizza and Weaver’s Store.


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