By Martha B. Jacob –
During the May 15, 2018 Fayetteville Perry Local School Board of Education meeting, Jeri Earley, Fayetteville-Perry Elementary School principal spoke briefly about a very special student, Kendon Sears, who recently received the “Outstanding Student Award for Brown County.
“Kendon is a 5th grader here at Fayetteville-Perry Elementary school,” Principal Early said. “He was nominated in the area of academics.”
Early told the board that Sears has had a visual impairment since birth.
“For many of us,” Early said, “ being visually impaired would be considered a significant disability, but to Kendon, it is more of an inconvenience.
“He excels in his academic subjects, and consistently maintains an “A” average. He utilizes his listening skills, and his knowledge of braille to complete his classroom assignments to the highest standard.”
Earley said that this year Kendon decided to take on a new challenge by participating in the school’s annual science fair. “Landon investigated the coding system of remote controls as his project,” Early said. “His hard work earned him a top rating at the school’s science fair, qualifying him for the Brown County Science Fair where he received a superior and earned an honorable mention.
Kendon was also nominated for the R.A. Horn Award which is presented annually by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.
“Kendon’s dedication to academics and his refusal to allow his visual impairment to hinder his life’s dreams, is an inspiration to everyone,” Early said. “He will be recognized at the state level, some time this summer.”