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2022 Jesse Ketchum Awards

2022 Jesse Ketchum Awards Go to 32 Students 

One-hundred- and fifty-one-year tradition lives on in recognition of high student achievement in the 8th grade 



In recognition of the academic excellence of 8th grade students, the Jesse Ketchum awards have been presented for the past 150 years.  Dr. Fatima Morrell, Associate Superintendent of Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Initiatives and President of the Jesse Ketchum Memorial Fund Board will preside over this year’s ceremony.  This year’s virtual awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6:30pm at West Hertel Academy #94 Auditorium. 


For 150 years, Jesse Ketchum medals have been awarded to eighth grade students with the highest grade point average. This award honors the legacy of Jesse Ketchum, a notable figure in Buffalo history, who is credited with donating land and buildings to establish the first teacher training center in Buffalo. This site, Buffalo Normal School, was the precursor to Buffalo State Teachers College.   


To commemorate this momentous occasion, Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools,   

Dr. Tonja M. Williams will provide the Keynote. 


Jesse Ketchum medals are given to students who, according to Ketchum Fund guidelines “make the most of his or her school career, to do the absolute best in daily lessons in order to succeed.”  The awards in each school are based upon the highest grades in the 8th grade year in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science.