n Three teams of eighth-graders from Tupelo Middle School and two teams of freshmen from Tupelo High School have been selected to compete in the national bridge-building competition in Bedford, Pa. In addition, all 13 of the schools’ bridge-building teams will compete at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Civic Auditorium.
Finalists who have been invited to the national competition are Emily Hall, Serena Khiantani, Hannah Farmer, Tyler Fields, Matt Earwood, Abby Hunt, Lauren Pugh, Colton Fremont, Ashton Huey, Jace King, Carleigh Ballard, Mikhail Gaerlan, Adam Cox, Lexie Smith and Ryan Reynolds.
Additional students who will compete on Tuesday are Kayla Nguyen, Devon Davis, Kenneth Chrome, Drew Ballard, Case Martin, Cameron Boswell, Samantha Mello, Zach Zozel, Mary Katherine Howell, Adam Wallace, Cassidy Pitts, Camie Cole, Kennedy Clark, Erin Ezell, Phillip Boterfy, Jordan Scruggs, Hunter York, Nitu Singh, Kristen Hare, April Cozart, Tavian Montanez and Brigid McCool.
Making the Grade recognizes exceptional educational achievement by an individual or group, from students and parents to entire school districts. To make a nomination for Making the Grade, contact Ginny Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Final decisions will be made by the Daily Journal.