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Metro Kiwanis recognizes outstanding students

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014

Huntington Metro Kiwanis recognized Riverview’s outstanding eighth graders who were selected by Riverview School’s staff for their individual accomplishments. Larissa Johnson, daughter of the late Doug and Lori Johnson, and Ben Warpup, son of Brian and Nicole Warpup, received the honors.

In attendance to honor the outstanding students was Curt Crago, principal at Riverview. Crago thanked Metro Kiwanis for the recognition of the students and the parents and teachers who have played a terrific role in the lives of each student. Crago spoke about the challenges students have to prepare themselves for a career. He encouraged each recipient to maintain the attitude to go above and beyond by going the extra mile.

Johnson introduced and thanked Kathy and Joe Stephan, her aunt and uncle and guardians since the passing of her parents, for supporting her, and the Huntington Metro Kiwanis and Riverview faculty for the award. Johnson has been involved in volleyball, basketball and track. After graduating from high school, Larissa plans to attend college and study nursing or agriculture as she enjoys all aspects of farming.

Ben Warpup introduced his parents, grandparents and sisters. He thanked the Huntington Metro Kiwanis, Crago and Riverview faculty for the award. He also thanked the Riverview staff for encouraging him in and out of the classroom. Warpup is involved in student council, yearbook club, academic super bowl and Riverview television. He has participated in soccer, 4-H and the Pulse Opera House. Warpup is active in the youth group at Markle Church of Christ. He plans to attend HNHS and college to possibly study telecommunications or journalism.

Shown in the above photo, left to right, are Curt Crago, Riverview School principal; Larissa Johnson, Ben Warpup and Jim Dinius, Kiwanis past district lieutenant governor.