Optimists honor Crestview’s Driscoll and Gibson

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Grace Driscoll and James Parker Gibson, both eighth grade students at Crestview Middle School, have been recognized with the Huntington Optimist Club’s 2017 Youth Appreciation Award.

The award is presented annually to two students each from Crestview, Huntington Catholic and Riverview middle schools, along with three students from Huntington North High School. It honors students who demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.

Driscoll and Gibson were recognized on March 2.

Driscoll, of Huntington, is the daughter of Mark and Lisa Driscoll. She participates in band, choir, student council, yearbook club, cross country, jazz band and robotics club at Crestview.

Outside of school, she volunteers with the Knights of Columbus and Blessings in a Backpack and is active in her church youth group, church choir, church service project and fund-raisers.

She was nominated by the Blue Thunder teaching team at Crestview, who noted that “she is dedicated to always giving above and beyond what she is asked to do academically, as well as being involved in many extracurricular and community service activities.”

Gibson, of Roanoke, is the son of DJ Hooten and James Gibson. At Crestview, he is a member of the mathematics and science Academic Super Bowl teams and the Spell Bowl team.

He was nominated by the Marathoners teaching team, who said that “Parker is a natural leader and role model to Crestview School … Parker also leads his student body in academics.

“Parker’s natural diligence and determination have really allowed him to stand out from his classmates.”