The Medina Teachers Association and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the March 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.
The English Rose Tea Shoppe has graciously sponsored the award for March. 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, The English Rose Tea Shoppe awarded each of this month's winners with gift certificates to the Book Shoppe, a candy bar and different flavors of hot cocoa.
Nominated by Allison Woodburn of Oak Orchard was first grader Owen Sargent. Mrs. Woodburn shared that Owen deserves to be Student of the Month because "though he is a sweet, friendly, and energetic boy who always has a smile on his face. He sets an excellent example for other students of the four pillars of the Mustang Mission by always coming to school ready to learn while also having a positive attitude. He is excited about new learning possibilities and tackles challenging tasks with determination and perseverance. Owen strives to complete all of his assignments to the best of his ability and will always go back and fix mistakes to improve his work if he can. He is constantly demonstrating respect by walking nicely in the hallway, following school rules, and listening to the teacher. He even reminds others of teacher's expectations and rules to encourage his peers to make good choices. He loves to participate in class discussions, especially in Science and Social Studies and amazes me with his photographic memory. He can remember specific details about lessons days and even weeks after they were taught. Owen is a bright boy who deserves to be recognized for his positive outlook on life, as well as his hard work in school. He is a joy to teach and a student who always tries his best to make his family, his teachers, and himself proud. As his teacher, he has made me incredibly proud!"
From Wise Intermediate and Middle School Jessica Catalano-McCloskey nominated one of her seventh grade students, Troy Avery Kelly. When Mrs. Catalano-McCloskey indicated her reasons for nominating Troy, she said that "he demonstrates a great deal of effort, determination and perseverance when working in reading class. This is an area that is rather challenging for him. When the work is a challenge he asks questions and asks to come during lunch to get extra help so that he can be successful. Troy is personally invested in improving his reading ability and comes to work at lunch on extra assignments a couple times a week. He asks to spend his lunchtime practicing reading and writing, and he works with a smile on his face and truly seems happy to be working and bettering himself as a student. This is so rare a trait for a middle school student. As if his positive attitude about learning is not enough, Troy has many other exemplary student qualities. If help is ever needed, he is always a willing volunteer. In addition to volunteering to help in the classroom, he volunteers his time to participate in service projects for the after school club I run called Community Club. He is a good leader and organizer for the student run service projects. Some of the projects that he has been a key player in are the Wise School student food drive in association with the MTA food drive, sending cards and treats to a military active service attachment in Afghanistan for Christmas, a care package for a Medina student who has been having extensive health issues and has been out of school, and a fundraiser and care package project for a local veterans group home. Troy exhibits excellent student qualities both during school and in his extracurricular club activities!"
From the High School, Margaret Klotzbach, a ninth grader, was nominated by Kristen Pedersen. Mrs. Pedersen reports Margaret "willingly works with any and all students in her Global 9 class who needs assistance or support. She often looks to see who is alone when working in pairs and moves her seat to pair up with him or her. She also guides them when working with them."
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?