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Examiner
  • 131 Independence students win McCoy Medal

  • Doing well academically is important to William Chrisman junior Chrissy Ho Chee. So much so, that her family moved from America Soma to Independence 10 years ago so should could have a better education.

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  • Doing well academically is important to William Chrisman junior Chrissy Ho Chee. So much so, that her family moved from America Soma to Independence 10 years ago so should could have a better education.
    That is why being among the 131 Independence School District students to receive the McCoy Medal is so special.
    “Academics are very important to me. I work hard to get good grades,” she said. “I think my favorite subject is math. I am really good with numbers and with problem solving.”
    Students from Truman, William Chrisman and Van Horn high schools received the McCoy Medal during the McCoy Awards for Academic Excellence Thursday at Truman High School. It was first established in 1902 by the heirs of William McCoy, the first mayor if Independence. The goal is the same now as when it was first created - to promote academic excellence.
    In 1984, the award was reinstated by the Independence Board of Education to honor student achievement during the first four semesters of high schools. Students must rank in the top 50 of their junior class to be eligible for the award. More than 2,600 students have reicved a medal since the 1980s.
    “Congratulations on becoming part of a very elite group,” said Independence Superintendent Jim Hinson. “The medal may no longer be made of gold, but its importance should not be diminished.”
    Keishana Washington, a junior at Van Horn, said she was shocked to find out she would be receiving the McCoy Medal. Regardless of her initial surprise, she said it is “quite an honor.”
    “I didn’t think I placed that high in my junior class. It kind of surprised me,” she said. “I am so happy because this is the first time I have gotten an award like this. Academics are very important to me because I want to try my best at everything.”
    Truman High School junior Will Harmon said it feels good to be recognized with a McCoy Medal. He said although he excels at academics, English is his toughest class because he is not great at writing.
    “Doing well in school is very important because it will help me to prepare for college,” he said. “I think what works best for me is repetition. It helps when you are studying because the more you go over something, the more you remember it.” 
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