Students of the Month honored

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Awards presented at council meeting

By Pat Hibbs

Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the January 2009 Student of the Month awards at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.

Each student is awarded a personalized certificate of achievement and a coupon for a pizza from King Munchie’s.

From Joyce Bullock Elementary school, the designee is Kindergartener Maclayne McGowan, daughter of Paul and Scarlett McGowan. Maclayne was nominated by Mrs. Cecillia Edwards, her teacher, who made the following comments:

Maclayne McGowan is a kindergarten student who is an example to all students around her. She strives to be her best academically, while continuing to follow all school rules without exception. She is an outgoing student who is kind and friendly to everyone she meets. She is always willing to be helpful and caring to both her teachers and peers. She follows directions and sets high goals for herself academically. Maclayne consistently strives to be the best that she can be. Maclayne would be a great student to represent our school!

Rebecca Pinkston, a fifth grader at Williston Elementary School is the daughter of Joe and Karen Pinkston. She was nominated by: Mrs. Serena Thiessen, her teacher, who said of her:

Rebecca is an outstanding citizen at our school. She is a member of our Safety Patrol, and takes her duties seriously, which include the morning announcements and helping out in the library. She is always honest, respectful and polite; which are all attributes we are looking for in our classrooms from our students. She is always looking to help out teachers and her fellow peers.

At Williston Middle School, Morgan Ann Edworthy, daughter of Robert & Toni Edworthy garnered this month’s honor. The 6th Grade Teacher Team, which nominated Morgan, made these comments:

Morgan Edworthy was nominated for this award by all of her academic teachers: Sharon Sandlin, Katie West, and Marcy Young. Morgan is a diligent person who goes above and beyond what is expected of her and does it with 100% effort! When she is confused, she does not hesitate to ask questions and get the assistance that she needs. Although she maintains excellent grades, she is never boastful of her good grades. She also demonstrates exemplary behavior and is a model middle school citizen.

She has served as a sixth-grade peer tutor this year and has been a huge asset in the content mastery class working with struggling students her age. She is very helpful to other students. She is always willing to assist other students and does so in a very respectful, appropriate fashion. She has a very positive attitude, both towards school and her classmates. We feel lucky to have the opportunity to teach such a delightful person and wonderful student.

Finally, John Lott, principal of Williston High School nominated Ashton Bloom, Daughter of Ricky and Lori Bloom for this month’s honor

Lott commented: Ashton is an 11th grader who maintains a 3.97 GPA while taking advanced academic courses. She is a member of FFA, National Honor Society and the Williston High School Marching Band. She is actively participating on the parli-pro team, which just won sub-districts and is also on the Nursery Landscape Team. She is an active member of Morriston Baptist Church. Ashton is an outstanding student who is well thought of by her teachers and her peers as well.