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Medina Announces November Students of the Month

Press Release December 27, 2016

The Medina Teachers Association and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the November 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.

Creekside Floral has graciously sponsored the award for November. 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, Creekside Floral presented each student with a box of Case-Nic cookies. Yum!

In the photo are from left to right: Mary Lewis, Maxime Pilon, Alexis Jones, Amaya Cleveland, and Joe Byrne.


Nominated by Kristi Black of Oak Orchard was third grader Maxime Pilon. Mrs. Black shared that "since day one of third grade, I have been amazed at the all-around good qualities Max possesses. Not only does he possess these traits, but he lives by them on a consistent, day to day basis in our classroom and around the building. Max shows responsibility by completing homework on time and bringing his take home folder and agenda home each night and back to school each morning. He is respectful to his fellow classmates. He listens to what others say before he responds. He says 'please' and 'thank you' regularly and he waits his turn patiently. He walks to the door to line up even when our class is in a rush so he does not bump into anybody. He says 'good morning' to me every morning as he enters the classroom. He listens, participates, and engages himself in all we do. Internally, Max is eager to learn and he pushes himself to be the best 3rd grade boy that he can be. Max is honest and tells the truth, even when it is ugly. Max is kind to all that he encounters. Max sets an example to our class family each and every day and I am very proud to call him one of my students."

From Wise Middle School Jessica Catalano McCloskey nominated a seventh grade student, Amaya Cleveland. When Mrs. McCloskey indicated her reasons for nominating Amaya, she shared that "Amaya has been working with her community service club for a couple years now. She is a leader in the group and has been the lead person in many initiatives this year and last, such as the school wide food drive at Wise, the book bag project and the new student welcome bag project. The book bag project was an idea of hers too. She saw a student with a ripped bag and thought maybe people have old but not ruined backpacks at home that they would donate, and these could be kept in the counseling office for students who have no bag or a bag blow out. She also spent most of her lunches and many days after school during the food drive making sure food got collected from all classrooms, inspected for good condition and boxed up. She also was the lead person who spelled out Wise Cares in canned goods to make an artistic statement for the food drive. She is ever ready to lend a hand and in thinking up ways to help others with service projects. She is currently balancing her time to fit in both girls modified basketball and work on the service project to send a holiday military care package to a local service member in Afghanistan. Amaya has a positive, giving attitude, which makes her such a valuable member of Community Club, the school and our community in Medina. It is such a pleasure to work with such a lovely and caring young lady!"

From the High School, Alexis Jones, a ninth grader, was nominated by Michele Crandall. Mrs. Crandall reports Alexis "works very hard to succeed and goes the extra mile to get her worked checked. She tries to help others as well."

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?


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