Fringe benefits of top test scores: bagels and the principal’s desk

He may make it to Hogwarts someday, but on this day Vince Kemp was honorary principal of Central Elementary

Who could imagine test scores would be this fun?

Trent Schalow seems to be keeping close track of things on his day as honorary principal of Central Elementary

Three Central Elementary pupils got a taste of what academic achievement can bring, when they were treated to breakfast at Panera Bread by their principals. Head Principal Cherie Horner and Assistant Principal Chris Bernard took first-graders P.J. Bandasak and Evelyn Socorro, and second-grader Aighea Cooper, to the popular eatery for showing the most growth over this school year on the NWEA MAP test of academic progress.

Three older students were treated to a reward of a different kind for having the school’s top scores on the assessments. Fifth-graders Emily Hall, Vince Kemp and Trent Schalow each got to serve as Central’s honorary principal for a day. The honor came complete with name tags and, in Trent’s case, a very principal-looking vest and tie.

Enjoying a cozy breakfast at Panera are, from left, P.J. Bandasak, Evelyn Socorro, Aighea Cooper, Principal Cherie Horner and Assistant Principal Chris Bernard
Emily Hall earned the principal’s chair at Central Elementary for a day for her top scores on the NWEA MAP test of academic progress
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Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ As a reporter for The Press from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.


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