The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Business Association and the Medina Central School District are proud to announce the February selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Rose's Alterations has graciously sponsored the award for February. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and from Medina CSD Marc Graff presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, a representative from Rose's Alterations presented each student with a gift certificate to the Book Shoppe.
Nominated by Allison Woodburn of Oak Orchard was first grader, Lillian Olsen. Mrs. Woodburn shared that "Lillian does not always get recognized for her outstanding behavior because she quietly and respectfully follows rules, directions, and routines. She always does the right thing! Lillian not only does what is expected of her, but independently will go above and beyond with the quality of her work. She hands in outstanding work that she has carefully edited on her own, and makes sure that it is not only complete, but also makes sure to add creativity, thoughtfulness, and voice to her work. On top of her excellent work ethic, she is also a student who truly is the definition of kind. She is a friend to all students and will go out of her way to lift a student's spirits when he/she is sad. She sets the bar for excellent behavior, honesty, kindness, respect and responsibility. She is a role model, and I want her to be recognized for always making good choices, being a friend to everyone, and for always trying her best."
From Wise Middle School Deb Weber and Sue Burroughs nominated a fifth grade student, Luke Duffina. When Mrs. Weber and Mrs/ Burroughs indicated their reasons for nominating Luke, they shared that "Luke is an attentive student who is always prepared and ready to learn. His most admirable quality however, is his kindness to others. While he continuously thinks of his fellow classmates, one instance stands out. Recently during a science lesson that had the children working in groups of twos and threes, Luke noticed that one student was working alone. He left his two buddies to ask this child if they would like to be partners. His compassion made sure this boy would not feel left out. This is not the first time Luke has exhibited such thoughtfulness. The first week of school, he went out of his way to welcome a student new to the district by asking to sit by him. This helped the new student feel comfortable and welcome. Luke does not bring attention to his many acts of kindness. We are sure there are many more instances where he is "doing the right thing" that go unnoticed."
From the High School, Emma Herbert, an eighth grader, was nominated by Sara Cinquino. Mrs. Cinquino reports that "Emma is very interested in Science and is constantly participating in class. When she finishes her work early she will help another student who sits next to her. This student is an English Language Learner. When I am busy helping other students, Emma will turn to her neighbor and help her/ teach her without giving her the answers. Emma is responsible and respectful and overall, a great student."
Congratulations to this month's winners! The MTA, MBA and MCSD will continue the student of the month program throughout the school year. Be on the lookout for the next honorees in the coming months. Look for posters in the windows of Medina businesses identifying them as proud supporters of this program. Who will be the next outstanding Medina student to be honored?