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Students of the Month honored

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Mayor recognizes four youths

By Pat Hibbs

Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the April Student of the Month awards at the Williston City Council meeting on April 7.

One student from each school is honored each month and receives a personalized certificate of excellence plus a coupon for a pizza provided by King Munchies.

Adam Sistrunk, a kindergartner at Joyce Bullock Elementary School, is the son of Robert and Catrina Sistrunk.

Adam was nominated by Erica Kramer, his teacher, who made the following comments: “Adam excels in all academic subjects and every day continues to amaze me with his depth of knowledge and skills. He is an excellent writer and artist and draws comic book scenes with captions that are creative, clever, and funny. One day during math one of my interns was practicing subtraction facts with some of the students. Since Adam was instantly able to answer every subtraction problem she gave him, she asked him what zero minus five is in hopes that she would be able to teach him something new. We were all amazed when he immediately answered “negative five.”

“In addition to being gifted academically, Adam is an excellent friend and role model for the other students.”

Williston Elementary School is represented this month by Skylar Munden, who is in the fifth grade. She is the daughter of Mandy Munden and was nominated by her teacher. Ms. Rivers, who had this to say about her:

“Skylar works hard in and out of school. She does well in her classes and always gives 100%. Her favorite subject is math and stays on top of her reading assignments for ARP. She also has worked with horses as an after-school job since she was in third grade. She trains other people’s horses, which is fortunate since she loves horses. She always has a positive attitude. She is a safety patrol member. She helps teachers before school, and whether it is running errands or sorting papers, she does it with a helpful spirit. She exemplifies a great work ethic and attitude.”

Chloe Young, an eighth grader at Williston Middle School, is the daughter of Mitchell and Deborah Young. She was nominated by the eighth grade teacher team, who made the following comments:

“Chloe is an outstanding student with great leadership ability. She has a 3.6 GPA for the year and is enrolled in both of our high school classes, Algebra I and Writing. According to Mr. Ellis, her Algebra I instructor, Chloe is a ‘hardworking, dependable student who always does her best.’ Her favorite subject is math.

“Chloe is a Peer Facilitator for the eighth grade and works in a Content Mastery classroom helping students with homework and assisting teachers in a variety of ways. Mrs. Davis describes her as ‘a great student who is organized and always prepared; the type of student you want them all to be.’

“Chloe enjoys hanging out with her friends, going swimming and going to the mall.

The eighth grade team is proud to honor Chloe for being selected as April’s Student of the Month and congratulates her parents on a job extremely well done!”

John Lott, principal of Williston High School, has selected senior Tyler Weston Brooks as the high school’s student of the month.

Lott said, “Tyler Brooks is the son of Eric and Ginger Brooks. He is a senior who ranks seventh in his class while maintaining a 3.76 GPA. Tyler is the Senior Class President, a member of High Q, the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a very active member of FFA. He is a member of the Parliamentary Team that has once again qualified to compete at the state level at FFA Convention in June.

“Tyler is a leader among his peers and garners his classmates’ respect and loyalty. Most importantly Tyler is very active at the Williston Church of God; he participates in the choir, sings on the praise team and is very involved with vacation bible school. As you can see Tyler is a very busy, diligent, caring and wonderful young man who makes us all very proud to call him one of our own.”