Farmington Schools awards honor ‘turn around’ students

Farmington Public Schools honored students on April 8 who have transformed their lives.

The 20th annual Turn Around Awards, presented virtually this year due to the pandemic, recognized students who have faced social, academic, and discipline issues in school.

Awardees received a bag full of Turn Around goodies prior to the virtual event to celebrate the occasion. Guest speaker was Robert Spann of Oakland Community College.

Farmington Public Schools Turn Around Awards
Farmington Public Schools Turn Around Awards ceremony was held virtually this year. (contributed)

The event was created in 2001, in cooperation with the Farmington Public Safety Department and the Farmington Hills Police Department. Honorees include four students from each middle school, two from the Farmington STEAM Academy, four from each comprehensive high school, and two students from the alternative high school.

Alaysha and Robert are two of this year’s 23 recipients. Teachers who spoke shared their transformation stories:

“Academic struggles and drama are what would have described (Alaysha) a couple of years ago. Today, I would describe her as a role model who is ready to learn. Over the past two years, I have seen Alaysha grow into a wonderful young person,” Jennifer Lilienthal, a teacher at Warner Middle School, said in a press release.

“Robert has struggled with controlling his temper and taking ownership of his actions. He has turned that around this year! We see him now wanting to be ‘present’ in class and asking meaningful questions about class content,” said Power Middle School teacher Michele Laramie.

Here’s the full list of award winners:

  • Jaionna Beard – East Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Philip Bowden – Power Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Robert Brown III – Power Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Alayla Bruton – Farmington High School – 11th Grade
  • Kennedy Dunlap – North Farmington High School – 12th Grade
  • Larry Edwards III – Farmington High School – 11th Grade
  • Josiah Graves – Farmington High School – 11th Grade
  • Leah Gray – Warner Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Zalio Harris – Farmington Central High School – 12th Grade
  • Alaysha Henry – Warner Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Charles Ibeziako – East Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Jaden Jackson – Power Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Garrett Johnson – Farmington STEAM Academy – 8th Grade
  • Anthony Judge – Farmington High School – 12th Grade
  • Grace Lirato – East Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Amelia Pattah – North Farmington High School – 12th Grade
  • Jeremiah Rembert – Warner Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Madeline Sadler-Degrave – North Farmington High School – 12th Grade
  • Avril Salinas – Farmington Central High School – 11th Grade
  • Shansiona Shkambi – North Farmington High School – 10th Grade
  • Luke Simpson – Warner Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Keith Steinard – East Middle School – 8th Grade
  • Joidyn Thomas – Power Middle School – 8th Grade

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