The Medina Teachers Association and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the December selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort between the two organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Fitzgibbons Public House has graciously sponsored the award for December. This month students are being honored with this article and a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne. In addition, Fitzgibbons Public House awarded each of this month's winners a gift card to McDonalds.
Nominated by Allison Woodburn of Oak Orchard was first grader Markell Robinson. Mrs. Woodburn shared that Markell "deserves to be Student of the Month because he is an exceptional student who rises to meet and surpass every expectation I put before him. He is a courageous student who makes good choices regardless of the choices of others and takes pride in setting a good example for his peers. Not only does he show responsibility and respect with his behavior, but he also raises the bar to demonstrate excellent work. He not only wants to complete his work correctly, but makes an effort to use neat handwriting, organized drawings, and demonstrate meaningful ideas. He is also the first student to offer help to others when they need a friend to help them tie their shoes, find a material, or need assistance with a problem. Markell goes above and beyond to show kindness and thoughtfulness to others. I am so proud of this young man. He is definitely deserving of recognition for his behavior and his excellent effort in school!"
From Wise Middle School Jason Klein and Molly Mark nominated one of their fifth grade students, Kianna Garner. When Mr. Klein indicated his reasons for nominating Kianna, he said that "she is a sweet and caring girl. She shows empathy for her peers. She is always acknowledging students that are going above and beyond in our classroom. If she sees someone doing a great job, she asks if they can 'clip up' on our classroom behavior chart. In addition, she claps for other students when they do something well. Lastly, she always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She brings joy and happiness to our classroom." Mrs. Mark added that Kaiana ALWAYS puts forth her best effort and encourages others to do their best and do the right thing. "She is exceptionally polite and always has a positive attitude. She is a role model for her classmates."
From the High School, Cristian Almonte, an eleventh grader, was nominated by Lisa Bitsas. Mrs. Bitsas reports that "Cristian has not always been a model student in terms of grades or character. This year, however, is a completely different story. He is more than a model student in my Earth science class. He helps his classmates to understand concepts we are working. When working in collaborative groups you can watch Cristian actually teaching the others in his group where to look in the reference tables to find information or making up different examples to try to help concepts make sense. It is really amazing to see him take on this role. On a side note, there was a Friday a while back when we were celebrating Mrs. Boje's birthday in our class. He used his own money from working at TOPS to buy a birthday cake to celebrate and share with the class. This is the kind of behavior that exemplifies student of the month characteristics."
Congratulations to this month's winners! The MTA and the MBA 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?