The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Business Association and the Medina Central School District are proud to announce the April 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.
Friends of Lee-Whedon Library has graciously sponsored the award for March. 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 Denise Stappenbeck presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, a representative from Friends of Lee-Whedon Library presented each student with a Book Shoppe gift certificate.
Nominated by Kristi Black of Oak Orchard was third grader, Bailey Lusk. Mrs. Black shared that "within the last few weeks, Bailey has decided, on her own, to begin working like crazy at home to practice reading, reading, reading and she has begun getting more of her homework done. She is borrowing books from our classroom library to take home and taking advantage of the RAZ kids program on the computer at home where she is able to read, listen to and take quizzes on stories for practice. Bailey can always be counted on to be on task during instruction and you will usually see her with a hand in the air offering to participate an answer, or even to tell how she found an answer. In small group, Bailey is working hard and making progress in her ability to read and answer questions, across all subject areas, including math!"
From Wise Middle School Kristen Armenia nominated a fifth grade student, Bryan Lake. When Mrs. Armenia indicated her reasons for nominating Bryan, she shared that he "has great difficulty with his motor skills, but in Family and Consumer Science class we recently started a hand sewing project. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Bryan is excelling at sewing. When Bryan is sewing he blocks out all other students around him and is totally engrossed in his work. Bryan has displayed competency in multiple different sewing skills. Bryan even had the opportunity recently to demonstrate how to sew on a button for an on-looker."
From the High School, Parker Clewell, a tenth grader, was nominated by Michele Crandall. Mrs. Crandall reports that "Parker has always been a hard worker. He recently has been out of school for an injury, but still managed to keep up with his studies. He came back to school and hasn't complained at all and gets right back into his studies and tries to maintain a decent average. Even with his injury where it did not allow him to be very mobile he found ways to help students around him when they were struggling and encouraged them to complete their work."
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?