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Students honored at elementary school

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The G.E.N.T.S. or Gentlemen Exhibiting Nobility, Tenacity and Scholarship were honored at Bates Elementary School Tuesday.

G.E.N.T.S are male students in third, fourth and fifth grades.

They were recommended by their teachers as positive role models for other students and those students who need to be encouraged and motivated in citizenship and academics.

"It's a privilege to actually be in Men of Honor, because that means that you know about school and you are paying attention to everything," said Albert Jackson, one of the award recipients.

Mitchell Shears, the principal at Bates Elementary, provided insight as to why the students are being honored. "They're very excited because there's so much negative publicity about our male students. So this time of the year we always celebrate with awards, trophies, medals and ribbons and encourage them to continue to do the work."

72 male students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement this school year.

Federal Judge James Graves, Jr. was the keynote speaker.

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