The Medina Teachers Association 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 two organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Brushstrokes Studio has graciously sponsored the award for April. 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, Brushstrokes awarded each of this month's winners with gift certificates to their studio.
Nominated by Judy Jennings of Oak Orchard was second grader Jayzon Wills. Mrs. Jennings shared that "Jayzon is a great helper to her and the other students. If he sees a job that needs to be done he immediately volunteers. Jayzon is a hard worker and completes his work quickly and neatly. Jayzon is a caring and kind friend. He is always willing to help a friend in need. I am proud of Jayzon and all the good choices he has made this year!"
From Wise Intermediate and Middle School Sara Kyle nominated one of her fifth grade students, Breanne Demmer. When Mrs. Kyle indicated her reasons for nominating Breanne, she said that "her meticulous attention to detail is truly admirable. She works very hard and refuses to give up! Her sensitive, caring spirit make her a joy to work with. She strives for 100% accuracy, and we love celebrating her successes! School is difficult, but this is one young lady who will never give up. I am proud of her accomplishments!"
From the High School, Melanie Hibbard, a tenth grader, was nominated by Karen Jones. Mrs. Jones reports that "Melanie has, on her own, taken other students--those who are struggling and sometimes off track and making poor decisions--under her wing, and with her help, more than six kids in her class have averages at least 10 points higher for the 3rd Marking Period than they had in the 2nd marking period. Even more, she has advocated for students privately. She came to me to talk about an activity that, grade-wise, was quite subjective (it was essentially a participation grade). 'Why,' she, wanted to know, 'did she get a 98...and another student got a 90? She had taken notes on others' comments that day, and this student had spoken up just as many times as she did. Didn't he deserve a 98, too?' Well, sometimes teachers make mistakes, I told her, and I thanked her for looking out for him, even when he himself did not say a word. They are only casual friends; he had simply shown her his progress report. I admire her for her sense of personal responsibility and hard work (she is an A student); but I nominate her for her sense of justice, her way of looking out for others, and her commitment to helping others, even when they don't ask for it. I love that she does this with absolutely no expectation of personal reward. It is her natural inclination to look out for people. Incidentally, these other students she has "raised up" so to speak? They are not even in her "friend" circle. They are simply in her proximity. She sees someone who needs help? She helps 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?