The Impact of The IMPACK Awards

Charlie Hughes, Kaden Nickens, and Khalil White

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The 6th, 7th and 8th graders of Trailside Middle School got together in the auditorium to collect their awards and honor them for their achievements.

Each award stands for a different attribute of IMPACK. Inclusion means having other people feel like they can come to you and they are valued as a person and you want them to be included. Motivation is to make sure you are doing your best. Perseverance is if you are having a hard time, finding the strength to push through and complete it. Altruism is being selfless doing things out of the goodness of your heart. Compassion is being there for people that are having a hard time and making sure that you can help if needed. Kinship is about giving that family sense that people feel they can count on you.

You may think that the IMPACK awards are just a waste of time but they are truly important to our school’s pride. “The point of the IMPACK awards are we want to highlight students who are doing the right thing even if they don’t think people are recognizing it we want to make sure they see that we’re doing these things .” Said 7th grade Fearless Fangs leader Felix Colaciello.   

The night started off with Mrs. Beichler giving a little detail about each award. Then she started with the Inclusion award. After all the parents were able to get pictures of the winners they moved on to the perseverance award. After everyone had settled back into their seats Mrs. Beichler handed the microphone off to Mrs.O’Connell. She then announced the perseverance award winners. Then came the altruism winners. These people were truly selfless as they applaud for everyone when their name was called. Mrs. O’Connell gave the microphone away to Dr. Woolever. She then announced the winners of the compassion award. They were off the stage and then came the kinship crowd. After everyone had been given their awards Mrs. Beichler was back with the microphone. She thanked everyone for coming out and once more congratulated everyone on their achievement. The big night was over as everyone filed out of the auditorium.

The administrators get ready for the big night. They were very proud of all the winners

7th grader Megan Helge won the award for kinship. Last year Megan won the inclusion award. “I’ve never really understood the meaning of kinship but I feel like for me it’s about being a role model.” Megan said.

The pennant lays on the table in honor of a champion of the award. This is the pennant you get for winning one of the awards.

 

You should not just do it for the award or else it won’t be a real achievement for your soul. Don’t forget about the different parts of IMPACK! Inclusion, include everyone. Motivation, do your best. Perseverance, do it no matter what. Altruism, be selfless. Compassion, be kind to everyone. Kinship, be a family. Hope to see you at the next IMPACK awards ceremony!

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