The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina School District and the Medina Area Partnership are proud to announce the October selections for Students of the Month. This award is a combined effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.
Creekside Floral has graciously sponsored the award for October. This month students are being honored with this article and a yard sign to celebrate their achievement. The yard sign was presented by Joseph Byrne, President of the Medina Teachers' Association, and Michael Cavanagh, administrative representative of Medina CSD. In addition, Creekside Floral presented each of this month's winners with a gift certificate for a rose and some chocolates from Della's for the winners.
Nominated by Allison Woodburn of Oak Orchard was first grader Alexis Sherman. Mrs. Woodburn shared that "Alexis is a bright, kind, and responsible student who always tries her best to complete work thoroughly and in a timely manner. She loves school, enjoys learning new things, and always demonstrates our Mustang Mission of being responsible, respectful, honest, and kind. Alexis comes to school daily with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She is the sweetest student and is happy to be at school. She never gives up, even when things become difficult. We are using computers this year to complete many assignments in Google Classroom. While this is a challenge, she pushes herself to log in independently and complete assignments to the best of her ability. This is a difficult task for a 6 year old, but she makes it look easy! She perseveres and tries to be a problem solver to figure things out on her own. Another quality of Alexis that I really admire is that she is a kind friend and tries to include others. We talk about kindness every morning during our morning meeting after we read our class quote together, 'When you can choose to be anything in the world, choose to be kind.' With so many changes this year, there are some students who are not feeling themselves and aren't as comfortable as they normally would be adjusting to school routines. She encourages others and tries to include them in activities. One example is when we were on the playground recently, Alexis went out of her way to make a student feel comfortable and included. A little boy in my class felt nervous about playing on the playground during recess. He didn't really know anyone in our class yet and felt uncomfortable. Alexis decided to go over to him and ask him if he wanted to play with her. The entire time we were on the playground that day and in the days following, Alexis was seen playing with this boy and making him feel included. I thought this was so incredibly kind of her! She demonstrates kindness in so many ways throughout the day and I am so incredibly proud of her!"
From Wise Middle School Leah Gates nominated one of her sixth grade students, Tessa Costich. When Ms. Gates indicated her reasons for nominating Tessa, she shared that "Tessa always comes prepared to class each and every day and is eager to learn. She is kind, determined and an extremely hard worker. Tessa shares her ideas in class, participates actively and is always willing to help her classmates in any way she can. Even though we have only been in school for a very short period of time, Tessa has already gone above and beyond and made a positive impact on everyone in the classroom. I am very proud of her hard work and dedication in class so far this year. "
From the High School, Aiden Cherry, a freshman, was nominated by Stacey Ali . Mrs. Ali reports that "Aiden came back to school this year as a new and matured young man. He has improved on his ability to come to class and focus on his academics. He is now the 'upperclassmen' in our class and he is showing the 7th graders appropriate High School behavior. He is always wanting to help his classmates out if needed around the building. Aiden has joined a new health class this year with Mr. Luthart too. I am beyond proud of this young man and the enormous growth that he has made since last year. He is definitely maturing into a model young man. School does not always come easy for him, but he is making such accomplishments and heading in the right direction."
Congratulations to this month's winners! The MTA, MCSD, and the MAP 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?