The Medina Teachers Association, Medina Central School District, and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the April selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort between the three organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Rosenkrans has graciously sponsored the award for April. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and Medina CSD Superintendent, Mark Kruzynski, presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, Rosenkrans presented each student with a gift certificate to their store as well as a package of candy.
Nominated by Abbey Boyst of Oak Orchard was second grader Amelia Rodden. Mrs. Boyst shared that, "Amelia is one of the hardest working students that she has ever worked with. When we work together in a small group, she always gives her best efforts. She has an extremely positive attitude toward school and hardly ever misses a day. Learning does not always come easy to Amelia, but she is able to recognize what she needs to do in order to improve herself and succeed. She has seen so much growth this school year which is due directly to the effort that she has put into her work. She is intrinsically driven to do and be better, which is an important quality to have not only in school, but in life! She is an amazing young lady and has the drive to become anything she desires."
From Wise Middle School Tina DeSimone and Juli McGrath nominated a seventh grade student, Nevaeh Williams. When they indicated their reasons for nominating Nevaeh, they shared that, "she can be seen being a good role model everyday throughout the building. She goes above and beyond to encourage respectful behavior from her classmates while remaining incredibly respectful herself. She is wise beyond her years and is even referred to as Mother Nevaeh. She has lead and participated in deep discussions that may be uncomfortable while encouraging her peers to step out of their comfort zone too. She has been seen assisting her peers to calm down, make better choices and encourage behaviors that lead to a productive class. Neveah chooses to see the positive every day and goes out of her way to choose kind."
From the High School, Christian Hahn, a senior, was nominated by Jennifer Ossont. Mrs. Ossont reports that, "Christian exhibits on an everyday basis a pleasant, upbeat personality. He always is friendly with staff, saying hello and good morning. He exhibits a positive attitude, and is a hard-working, academically minded young man. What motivates me to nominate him is an incident I witnessed. I had a student, a 9th grader, who was feeling very ill. I sent her from my room at the beginning of class to the clinic. Because she was very nauseous, and embarrassed, she declined an escort to the clinic but took my garbage can. At the end of the period, she returned with Christian to my room to gather her belongings to go home. What I found out later impressed me about Christian! He came upon the 9th grader in the hall on the opposite side of the building trying to make her way through the hall to get to my room to gather her things. Christian stopped where he was going, escorted the student and garbage can through the crowded halls. Then appeared at my door, took the students backpack for her, and then escorted her back down to the clinic. Then a short time later Christian returned my garbage can for me. This impressed me because he is an upper class-man, could have easily ignored this younger student's problems, but he didn't. I think it shows leadership, compassion, and caring. So many young people walk around disengaged with their noses pointed down into their phones, but Christian connects with people from the way he greets them in the hall, to helping a fellow student in time of need. I find his actions very honorable and worthy of praise."
Congratulations to this month's winners! The MTA, MCSD, 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?