Students of the Month honored

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 Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat and the city council honored January Students of the Month at its meeting Tuesday night.

At Williston Central Christian Academy, fourth grader Anthony Piccirello was nominated by his teacher, Sheryl Randolph.  His parents are Tony and Shayna Piccirello

Randolph wrote, “Anthony Piccirello came to Williston Central Christian Academy this year as a new student at the very beginning of the second nine-week period. By the end of the first week in our class, it felt as if he had been with us all year long. He blended in with the rest of the class seamlessly and has been a welcome addition. 

“Anthony deserves the honor of student of the month for many reasons. First, he always tries to do his best work in all subjects – those that come easily and those that require more effort. Anthony also shows a lot of discernment that is not typical for a student his age. He makes good decisions and serves as an excellent example to his classmates, often thinking of others before himself. Finally, Anthony shows respect for others at all times and is a willing helper. We are very lucky to have him as a part of our class.”

At Joyce Bullock Elementary School, Grace Dola was chosen by her teacher, Jennifer Martin. Her parents are Frank and Jennifer Dola.

“Grace is an excellent student and a huge help in my classroom,” Martin wrote. “She is making great gains in her reading this year. She is also willing to help me or any of the students in the class. Grace puts forth excellent effort in everything she does. She always comes into the classroom with a smile on her face and is eager to learn. 

“When things are hard for her she works through them and perseveres. I am truly honored to have her as one of my students this year.”

Fifth grader Adam Sistrunk, son of Rob and Catrina Sistrunk, was chosen from Williston Elementary. In her nomination letter, teacher Nancy Bowman wrote, “While always displaying his noticeably good nature, Adam maintains an A average in all subjects. He is actively serving as a reliable and responsible Safety Patroller at WES. Adam is an excellent role model for his peers and an avid reader. He maintains a conscientious persona while achieving one goal after another. Adam is most deserving of this recognition.”

 Katlynn Karwan, was selected by the sixth grade team at Williston Middle School. Her parents are Kyle and Brandy Karwan.

“Katlynn is a very positive influence in the classroom; she continually displays respect for herself, for others, and for the rules,” the team’s teachers wrote. 

“Katlynn is a super hard worker, and perseveres not only to complete all of her school work, but to go above and beyond the requirements of the assignments. Her work ethic is definitely to be applauded. Her quality of assignments and attitude toward academic achievement remain consistent and is the driving force of her success. Katlynn is an active contributor to class discussions where she displays impeccable manners. She is always willing to help other students and teachers. 

“Katlynn is active outside of the classroom as a member of our WMS Cheerleading squad and WMS and yearbook committee. As a school leader and role model, she is highly deserving of this recognition.”

 Donte King was nominated by Williston High School teacher Kim Nivala. His mother isNatasha Baker.

Nivala wrote, “My nomination for the Business Department is Donte King.He is currently enrolled in two business courses and has A averages in both courses. He has already completed and passed several Industry Certification exams and by the end of the school year he will be certified in seven different computer applications. He is polite, self-motivated, creative, intelligent, and simply a good young man representing WHS.”