Franklin Towne Charter High School last week hosted an academic pep rally to honor student achievement in the first marking period.
State Sen. Jimmy Dillon and Rep. Joe Hohenstein honored students in ninth through 12th grades who had the top grade point averages.
Philadelphia 76ers mascot Franklin the Dog rang the bell and performed the ceremonial tip-off for the annual staff-student basketball game.
Ben Franklin was also in attendance.
In all, 240 students were honored with perfect attendance, more than 70 were newly inducted into the National Honor Society and 725 students finished the marking period with zero demerits.
The following students had the highest general GPAs: freshmen Eric Dunphy, Xavier Smith and Neri Zhunio; sophomores Malya Redick and Sarah Su; junior Jordyn Davis; and senior Patricia Palanik. ••