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A Washington STEM Academy student noticed the school didn’t have a hornet mascot during school events and came up with a plan. Fifth grade student Graham Hoyle researched what it would take to bring a mascot back to Washington and formulated a proposal for Principal Tom Ray.

Graham wanted to give back to his school community by using his own money, earned from mowing, to acquire a mascot suit to donate to Washington STEM Academy. This morning the dream came to fruition with the unveiling of the new mascot during WSA’s Friday morning gathering.

Students and teachers cheered as the new mascot entered the gymnasium. Mr. Ray announced a “Name the Hornet” contest for the new mascot. More details will be released next week on the student contest for the new hornet’s official name.

Congratulations to Graham Hoyle for pursuing his dream and enriching the lives of others.

Mason Metzger, a Warsaw Community High School junior, is one step closer to his dream.

After listening to a presentation about the Warsaw Community School Corporation mission statement, “To inspire and equip all students to continuously acquire and apply knowledge and skills while pursuing their dreams and enriching the lives of others,” Metzger, with the help of WCS staff, began the pursuit of his dream – motivational speaking.

After speaking for several local schools and events, Metzger was selected by the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children as the 2015 recipient of the “Yes I Can” award.

“One of the most remarkable characteristics of Mason is his positive outlook on life,” wrote Metzger’s nominator and Grace College professor, Dr. Cheryl Bremer. “He has the most amazing, cheerful disposition of any teenager I know. He gives an encouraging word and a smile to everyone he meets. His mantra is to look for the positive in everything he sees and he lives this out in his daily life.”

Metzger was recognized for his accomplishments as a motivational speaker, his work with Grace College’s CEC Student Chapter and positive outlook on life.

The award aims to celebrate the achievements of children and youth with exceptionalities; encourage these individuals to seek their highest potential; and increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations and personal qualities of those with disabilities

“Mason Metzger lives the Warsaw Community Schools mission as he pursues his dream to be a motivational speaker and to be a shining light to the world,” stated Lorinda Kline, WCS Instructional Coach. “WCS is thrilled for Mason! He inspires and equips our community to be a better place for all. He embodies the Yes I Can attitude.”

Metzger is now in the running for the national Yes I Can award. He resides in Silver Lake with his parents, Micah and Carissa Metzger, and his younger sister, Avery. Metzger has cerebral palsy and utilizes a wheelchair. He enjoys water skiing, riding his hand powered bicycle and recently participated in Limitless Race.

Metzger has spoken at Grace College Chapel, the WCS opening day ceremony, North Webster Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, freshman orientation at WCHS and is scheduled to speak at Franklin 
A Warsaw Elementary school is one of only 5 schools in the state of Indiana to earn a STEM Certification. Washington STEM academy earned the certification this summer.  Check out the story on WSBT local news!

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