The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Central School, and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the October 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.
Bank of Castile has graciously sponsored the award for October. 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, Bank of Castile awarded each of this month's winners gift bags with really nice water bottles and gift certificates to the Book Shoppe.
Nominated by Stacey Hamilton of Oak Orchard was third grader Cheyenne Nottingham. Mrs. Hamilton shared that "Cheyenne is a student who started our school year with some very substantial changes, difficulties and challenges in her life, but she still comes to school ready to learn and is sooooo helpful to her peers and wanting to help them. She is so loving and nurturing to our new student in the class and truly wants her to do well. She is showing her what love and what compassion is about ...the MEDINA way."
From Wise Middle School Tom Forrestel nominated one of his seventh grade students, Emma Herbert. When Mr. Forrestel indicated his reasons for nominating Emma, he shared that "she deserves the honor of student of the month for many reasons. Emma has a history of being an excellent student as well as an exceptional young lady. The latter was on full display the very first day of school. Medina has a new family that has recently escaped the monstrosities of Syria and settled in our community. The family has only been here a short period of time and their English is limited. One of the children is in 7th grade here at Wise. On the very first morning of school, Emma entered my first period class and happened to choose a seat next to this student right near my desk. While attending to all the chaos that opening morning brings, I observed something remarkable unfold; something that warmed my heart. Emma said "Hi" to this new student and struck up a conversation with him. She immediately figured out that his English was limited but that didn't deter her. She continued on with the conversation asking him where he was from and what his name was. First, she put herself in a situation where most students wouldn't have dared go. Then, she had the courage, confidence, and compassion to continue on when most would have cut the conversation short. To say I've never witnessed anything of the sort in my 19 year career would not be exaggerating. At the time I had no idea who Emma Herbert was, but I found my heart swelling with pride for her! In this day and age where, as a country, so many of us are calling for unity, equality, and respect, we have a young 7th grader here at Wise who appears to have those qualities mastered!"
From the High School, Ray Beneway, an eleventh grader, was nominated by Jon Sherman. Mr. Sherman reports that "Ray is repeating Living Environment this year and in the past has had a chronic problem of not turning in work and being a distraction in class. I have not had any of those types of problems this year. He has turned all of his work in and has been a good participant in class activities. I have been very pleased with his work to date, and he has not lived up to his reputation that proceeded him. His current grade after three weeks of work is a 93%."
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?