Local students honored

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Mayor recognizes four youths

By Pat Hibbs

Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the February Student of the Month awards at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

Riley Battle, the daughter of Todd and Cynthia Battle, is a first grader at Joyce Bullock Elementary School. She was nominated by Mrs. Milton and Mrs. Griffith, her teachers, who made the following comments: "We would like to nominate Riley Battle. Riley is an amazing child. Not only is she a strong academic student, but she is such a role model in our classroom. This year, with our new PBS rules, Riley is one that we can always look to, to follow those rules. There have been many times we have found Riley helping her classmates and going above and beyond the expected. She is a truly wonderful child and we are blessed to have her in our classroom this year."

Another Battle family member was chosen from Williston Elementary School. Ryan Battle, a fifth grader, was nominated by Ms. DuBois, his teacher, who said,

"Ryan Battle is a young man you can count on. He always has his homework complete and correct. He raises his hand to answer questions and participate in discussions. He studies for tests and earns honor rolls grades. He tells the truth, sticks up for his friends, smiles readily, and has a positive attitude. Not only that, he never toots his own horn, is quick to compliment others, and sincerely wishes everyone well. What a great citizen!"

Williston Middle School has nominated Laquisha Hill, daughter of Byron and Debra Teerlink, as its February Student of the Month. She was nominated by: 8th Grade Teacher Team, who made the following comments:

"Laquisha is a straight A student and currently has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average for the year. She is a member of the Junior Beta Club. Laquisha enjoys reading and playing basketball. Mrs. Tracey, her writing teacher, said, 'Laquisha is a student who strives to do her absolute best. It gratifies me to see her in the library in the morning, not just occasionally, but every day, working on homework and projects and studying for tests. In class she pays complete attention and asks intelligent questions for clarification and more information when she needs to.'" "Congratulations to Laquisha from the entire 8th grade team and congratulations to her parents, Debra and Byron for the fine job they have done."

Kenya Gardner, daughter of Willie and Shirley Gardner was nominated by John Lott, principal of Williston High School, who said, "Kenya is a wonderful, well rounded student who is well thought of by the faculty and her peers. She is the Captain of the Step Team and a member of SGA. She is enrolled in the CNA program at Williston High School and also volunteers at the Veterans Hospital. She is a member of Jones Temple Church and youth group and is on their Church Brain Bowl. Her plans after graduation are to attend FAMU or TCC."

Each student receives a personalized certificate of achievement as well as a coupon for a free pizza donated by King Munchie's Pizza.