The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Business Association and the Medina Central School District are proud to announce the January 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.
Creekside Floral has graciously sponsored the award for January. 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, Mary Lewis from Creekside Floral presented each student with Casenic cookies.
Nominated by Judy Jennings of Oak Orchard was second grader, Zachary Graham. Mrs. Jennings shared that "Zachary is an honest and hard working student, but he also displays self control and character. Zach consistently makes good choices in school. He is confident in himself and will not follow others if they are not making good choices. Zachary is helpful to other students that may be having a difficult time with their school work. He does not give them the answers, but directs them to find the answers themselves. Zachary is also helpful to his teachers. He is willing to whatever he is asked to help with, and does many helpful things without being asked, Zachary is a role model to other students in our class and in our school."
From Wise Middle School Sharon Pantera nominated a seventh grade student, Colton Brunette. When Mrs. Pantera indicated her reasons for nominating Colton, she shared that "Colton is a student who continues to make huge gains, and tries and tries with total effort each and every day. He is one of the kindest young boys that I have ever met or worked with. When given an assignment he tries his best and takes feedback and correction with grace, continuing to try. Colton will help anyone, and rally around someone who may feel bad or left out. When one boy, who is frequently picked on, had some extra magazines and shared them with some other students, Colton took it upon himself to tell several people what a good gesture this boy had done to make the others see what a good deed this was, and to help the boy feel good about himself. This is just one example of the way Colton spreads kindness. He always seems to see the sunny side of things. For me, his spirit is contagious. If he has his own work to complete, he will willingly put it aside (meaning he will have to do his at home) and help someone else in the room who is struggling. I am so proud of Colton, and extremely grateful that I was able to spend this year working with him."
From the High School, Xander Payne, a freshman, was nominated by Jennifer Ossont and Janice Klinzing. Mrs. Ossont and Mrs. Klinzing report that "Xander is in a social studies class with a large number of students who often need more time and support for assignments. No matter the task or the assignment in class, Xander always shows optimism and enthusiasm in tackling the work. He also tries to be supportive and nurturing to students who are struggling with the work, offers very supportive and practical advice to help his peers improve their classroom efforts. He has a smile every day and starts each day with a good morning to me and ends each class with have a great day or afternoon. In short Xander is a hard working students, willing to help others and happy to do so, and he has wonderful, polite manners. Xander willingly works with all of his classmates, including those who have learning needs. He is always patient and so helpful to his peers. He displays the characteristics of someone who innately recognizes the needs of others and extends his assistance wholeheartedly."
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?