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Students recognized for BUG
January 17, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Some of the 81 students involved in the Gering Junior High BUG program gathered in from of the school last week after hearing about their grade improvement.

Students who aren’t on the honor roll often don’t get much recognition, but that’s changed through the Gering schools BUG program.

BUG, or Bringing Up Grades, is sponsored by the Gering Junior High Booster Club. Sponsor and junior high math teacher Melody Abel said students who aren’t on the honor roll receive an award for bringing up at least one core class grade by a full letter grade. Some students have brought up more than one core class grade.

‘We have a total of 81 students who brought up at least one course grade,” Abel said. “That’s a total of 111 grades that were brought up. We’ve never had more than about 20, so this is exciting.”
Alberto Quintana is one of the students brought up three of his core grades in math, social studies and science. “I’m pretty excited about that,” he said. “I put in more effort and study time and it paid off.”

Some of the BUG award winners will also be recognized in a photo on the cover of this year’s Unclaimed Property Report from the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office.

“Somehow, the Booster Club had some unclaimed property listed in last year’s report,” Abel said. “I have no idea what the property is, but we claimed over $500, which we’ll use for Booster Club programs.”

One of the Booster Club’s projects is to raise enough money to replace the marquee in front of the junior high with an electronic sign.

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