As one speaker said after the presentations, “There go the best and the brightest.”

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Gulf County School Board, the board and, by letter, Gov. Ron DeSantis celebrated the recent academic excellence demonstrated by three county students.

There was Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School sophomore Katie Sheely, whose modesty about her score in spring’s English Language Arts portion of the Florida Standards Assessment test was such she disputed the perfection for which she was praised.

“I actually missed one,” she told Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton, who assured her the governor decreed her score perfect, so let sleeping scores lay.

Joining Sheely were a pair of precocious fifth-graders at Port St. Joe Elementary School, Rosa Nunez and RJ (no, not Rory) Gerlach, who each achieved a perfect score on the fourth grade math portion of the FSA during the spring test administration.

And for each of those students the amazing aspect to their achievements is that setting a high bar is not confined to the subject area in which they aced a perfect score: Gerlach, for example, came thisclose to perfect in the English Language Arts portion of the FSA.

One could cite similar examples with each student.

For their stellar work, Sheely, Nunez and Gerlach each received a special citation from the governor, lauding their perfect scores and encouraging them to continue their hard work.

And, as an additional bonus, depending on how one looks upon such things, all three had the opportunity for individual photos with school officials as well as a photo with all those have been involved in their success --- Tim Croft