Students of the Month honored

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Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat and the city council honored May students of the month Tuesday night.

Eighth grader Ryker Gauthier, a student at Williston Central Christian Academy, was nominated by Michele Winningham. He is the son of Leo and Rhonda Gauthier.

Winningham wrote, “Ryker Gauthier is an eighth grade student at WCCA. I have known and taught Ryker the last three years. He shows great discipline in his school work and has maintained the A/B honor roll or above. I can count on him to help when called upon in many areas of this school from helping to move equipment to helping students in the classroom. He shows great leadership skills when leading his peers in activities or competition. He is a natural in math and loves playing sports of all kinds. I look forward to see how this young man will be used in the adult world of life. He has developed skills already beyond his peers in judgment and discipline. My hope and prayer for him is that he stays loyal to his God and allow himself to be used to encourage, strengthen those he comes in contact with on a daily basis. Very proud of you, Ryker……One of your biggest fans,

Ms. Winningham.”

Emeli Hernandez, a second grader was nominated by Joyce Bullock Elementary School teacher Ashley McFall, who wrote, "Emeli is a pleasure to have in class. Each morning she comes prepared and ready to learn with a huge smile on her face. Emeli is always excited about school.

"Throughout the day she stays engaged and focused on participating in class discussions and completing her work in a timely manner; she consistently perserveres to be a positive role model. Emeli is so sweet, kind hearted and always willing to help a friend.

"She follows directions the first time they are asked and always follows classroom procedures. Emeli works extremely hard to improve her reading and math skills and has made huge gains in her fluency and comprehension in part to her hard work, positive attitude and strive for success."

Chase Eschbach was nominated by Steve Van Zwienen, her teacher at Williston Elementary. She is the daughter of Julie Mroszczk.

Van Zwienen wrote, “Chase is always helpful, has a great attitude, gets along with others and works hard. She is also a natural leader and can be trusted with jobs which require a lot of responsibility.”

Riley Battle, daughter of Todd and Cynthia Battle, was nominated by the sixth grade team at Williston Middle School.

Her nomination reads, “Riley Battle is a lovely young lady. She exhibits thought and care throughout her work. She completes all of her daily required assignments by using her time wisely and effectively. The quality of her assignments and her attitude toward academic achievement remain consistent and is the driving force of her success.

“Riley has been on the honor roll for each of the grading quarters and is a model WMS citizen that offers to help other students. Riley was a member of the WMS volleyball team.”

Page Gandy nominated Yantet Centeno from Williston High School. Gandy wrote, “Yantet Centeno is such an incredible young lady who deserves to be named Mayor’s Student of the Month. Her work ethic, ladylike and mature behavior, and academic success are exemplary. She represents WHS positively.”