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February 26, 2016
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the January 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.

In the photo from left to right are: Rose Elliott, Emily Silversmith, Samuel Raspaldo-Torres, Christian Hahn, and Joe Byrne.


Rose's Alterations has graciously sponsored the award for January. 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, Rose's Alterations, awarded each of this month's winners with gift certificates to Brushstrokes Studio.

Nominated by Stacey Hamilton of Oak Orchard was third grader Emily Silversmith. Mrs. Hamilton shared that Emily deserves to be Student of the Month for a variety of reasons. She reports that at a young age, Emily is involved in many "sporting" activities and still holds very high grades in her academics. "However, most importantly, I feel that Emily is a role model for all students. This little girl, always, goes above and beyond to make every classmate feel a part of the team. She is so loving, nurturing and caring to everyone. This huge heart, along with her academics, and activity level far surpasses many. I would love to see this hard-working and loving little girl noticed for all that she does."

From Wise Middle School Jessica Catalano-McCloskey and Tina DeSimone nominated one of their seventh grade students, Samuel Raspaldo Torres. When Mrs. Catalano-McCloskey indicated her reasons for nominating Sam she said, "I would like to nominate Samuel Raspaldo Torres for student of the month. Sam moved to Medina and began school here in late October. From day one he stood out as an exceptional student! When Sam speaks, he demonstrates wonderful manners with 'please' and 'thank you,' which can often be lacking at a middle school level so it stands out! He also expresses genuine caring about most everything. He asks questions to clarify his understanding and take ownership for his learning. He is quick to volunteer to help a friend, to take a leading role in class activities or help a teacher out. Sam is a former ESL student, but that does not define him. Any confusion or difficulty that he has had with skills or content in my Reading class he has met with positive enthusiasm, and has worked hard to be successful. As a former ESL student with very good Spanish language skills, Sam has recently taken on a new and difficult challenge. He has become a peer partner to a new student to the building who entered school speaking no English. He has become this student's sole support person for all of his daily interactions in school. He takes this boy to each of his classes and even lunch, and helps him interact and feel safe in this scary new world that he has been immerged. This is a big job with lots of responsibility. Sam has not shown anything but pure happiness to be helping out. This shows such character in this phenomenal young man." Mrs. DeSimone agreed that Sam is extremely helpful with our new non-English speaking student, and that he is a very polite and kind young man who was eager to help. She also noted that Sam's peers report that he is shy, but always nice to them.

From the High School, Christian Hahn, a tenth grader, was nominated by Karen Jones. Mrs. Jones reports Christian is a kind, respectful, and organized student who "I believe deserves this honor. In my classroom, I have a "student scribe" area, where students can take notes for the "class binder." Christian has taken it upon himself to be the unofficial class scribe. He takes thorough explanatory lecture notes every single day for the class binder, so that students who are absent can copy the material they've missed. He is also diligent in making sure the class binder is complete with any handouts students are given. Outside of the classroom, he is also known for his easy manner and cheerful demeanor: every day, he greets everyone, students and staff alike, with a smile and a polite hello or a "Have a great day!" It is this combination of factors which I believe make him a strong candidate for this honor."

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?

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