NHHS graphic for Yes I can Award

North Hardin High School ninth-grade student Lorielys Berrios-Castillo has earned a National “Yes I Can” Award. 

The Council for Exceptional Children recognizes children and youth with exceptionalities who have demonstrated their determination and achievements in multiple ways with Yes I Can Awards.  The awards recognize 12 students with exceptionalities in six categories: Academics, Arts, School & Community Activities, Self-Advocacy, Technology and Transition.

Berrios-Castillo was notified that she was selected as the state award winner in the Academics category in August of this year.  She recently was notified that she earned one of the national awards.

The Yes I Can Academic Award recognizes students and youth with exceptionalities who have demonstrated achievement that far exceeds expectations: (a) in a particular subject area such as math, science, reading, social studies, language arts, foreign language, etc.; (b) in overall academic achievement; (c) on standardized tests, etc. This could be demonstrated through competitions, special projects and/or performances.

North Middle School teacher Stephanie Weakley nominated Berrios-Castillo when she was an eighth-grade student at her school last academic year.

“Lorielys has the most incredible work ethic of anybody you could ever imagine,” Weakley said.  “She worked so hard to overcome every challenge that has come before her.  When we set goals for her, she sets her goals higher.  This young lady is incredible.”

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