Middle School Students Earn Suns Honors

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A pair of Rim Country Middle School students realized the dream of a lifetime when they were escorted onto the Phoenix Suns' playing court by NBA star Jim Jackson.

Nathan Sweet and Hilton McNab were honored at a Nov. 18 game against the Utah Jazz for their selection to the Phoenix Suns/APS Quest for Quality Student Recognition Program.

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Phoenix Suns guard Jim Jackson escorted a group of public school students onto the floor during halftime of a Nov. 18 game against Utah. Representing Payson were Nathan Sweet and Hilton McNab (fifth and sixth from left) in the Phoenix Suns/APS Quest for Quality Student Recognition Program.

The youngsters were two of 23 RCMS students tapped to the program that rewards students for academic excellence and outstanding behavior on campus.

"Students were nominated by teachers and then Nathan and Hilton were chosen to represent RCMS at the halftime presentation," sixth-grade teacher Ned Schall said.

The two RCMS students, along with four others from around the state, were introduced to the audience at the halftime ceremony.

The students were also given award certificates and had their pictures taken with Jackson -- a star guard on the Suns team.

"It was really cool," Sweet said.

Tickets to the Suns game were provided the selected students and their teachers free of charge.

"I hope the students had a great time at the game," Suns/APS program coordinator Miranda Calender said.

Among those RCMS instructors to attend the game with the honorees were Greta Cronin, Michelle Gibbar, Russ Graham and Schall.

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