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The Williston City Council presented its first Student of the Month awards at its Tuesday evening meeting.
The council decided recently to honor outstanding students at each of the Williston schools on a monthly basis to underline the importance of education and to recognize those young people who embody the best of Williston.
Teachers and administrators at each of the schools in Williston were asked to participate. They were given no specific criteria, but the responses clearly indicate that academics, good citizenship and participation in extracurricular activities were overriding concerns.
Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the awards. In his remarks, he noted that, too often, plaudits are reserved for athletes, while this honor recognizes academic achievement. He also thanked the parents of the honorees for their support of their children in their academic pursuits.
Madison Hunt, a first grader at Joyce Bullock Elementary School, was nominated by teachers Mrs. Milton and Mrs. Griffith. She is the daughter of Shawn and Laura Hunt.
Teachers Mrs. Milton and Mrs. Griffith cited Madison's "strong desire to learn as well as a willingness to put forth the effort needed to achieve those goals". They also noted her appropriate classroom behavior and positive citizenship, and commented that she has "strong parental involvement and support."
Kristin Lindsey, daughter of Malcolm and Carla Lindsey, is in Mrs. Helgerud's fifth-grade class at Williston Elementary School.
Helgerud says that the honor-roll student is "delightful, intelligent and well-mannered." She adds that "though Kristin plays softball and soccer, her love is horses. She is involved in English pleasure riding and has won numerous awards for her riding."
Michael Shawn Todd, in the eighth grade at Williston Middle School and son of Dale Herman, was nominated by his teacher, Marjorie Zander.
She mentioned his 4.0 GPA and said he is "imaginative, enthusiastic about learning, and interested in everything."
Shawn has been Junior Beta Honor Society member for three years and attended the state convention in two of those three years, this year as a voting delegate. She also notes that he is "enthusiastic about learning, and interested in everything."
Hannah Swanson, daughter of Jeremy and Bethany Swanson, is honored as Williston High School's Student of the month.
Mike Delucas, the school's principal, says that Hannah is currently ranked No. 1 in the senior class at Williston High School, carrying a 3.96 unweighted grade point average. In addition to taking Advanced Placement and college level courses, "Hannah is involved in many school-related clubs and activities and she was recently accepted to the University of Florida."
The student of the month program was suggested and is underwritten by the law office of Norm D. Fugate, PA.