BY KATHERINE MURRAY WEEKLY REPORTER
On May 10, the entire seventh grade class of Carriel Junior High gathered in the cafeteria for a surprise presentation. Even the teachers were kept in the dark about the true nature of the gathering, which was a deliberate move by principal Ellen Hays. Students and staff alike were thrilled to witness a member of the Carriel family receive a great honor. Amanda Mellenthin, seventh grade science teacher and a 2016 recipient of the Emerson Gold Star Award, was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund the building of a greenhouse, as well as an additional $5,000 for technology to aide students in exploring the new educational avenues the greenhouse will open to them.