Students from Woodstock and Woodstock North high schools were honored with Woodstock School District 200’s annual PRIDE awards.

The recognition was established by the board of education in 1990 to honor outstanding graduating seniors. The acronym stands for Positive Recognition in District 200 Education.

Awards are given in seven categories: scholarship, personal achievement, vocational excellence, fine arts, community service, school service and athletics.

The 2016 recipients from Woodstock High School are: Brecken Overly and Nicholas Sundberg, athletics; Anna Goers, community service; Kathleen Holub, fine arts – music; Emma Browne, fine arts – theater; Alyssa Brewer, fine arts – visual arts; Kitt Garmisch, personal achievement; Marissa Krueger, scholarship; Tess Devinger, school service; and Cristina Romero, vocational.

The 2016 recipients from Woodstock North High School are: Karigan Kovac and Jacob Varys, athletics; Madison Patenaude, community service; Yekaterina Taylor, fine arts – music; Julia Slomski, fine arts – theater; Angelica Escorza, fine arts – visual arts; Shyanne Madsen, personal achievement; Madeleine Emmons, scholarship; Madison Patenaude, school service; and Ryan Rivenburgh, vocational.

“It is an honor to present the District 200 PRIDE awards to these outstanding students,” said board member Russ Goerlitz. “There were 173 nominations for 105 different students. These young adults are a true representation of the great students we have in our district.”

A committee of school board members, staff, community members and district administrators selects winners each spring. The winners received a medallion to wear at graduation.

News of recognitions, milestones and other community events can be sent to Janet Dovidio at

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