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Student of the Month Winners for April 2022


SOM Winners-April 2022

In the photo L to R:  Joe Byrne MTA President, Kole McMullen, Nick Reese, Bonnie Heck of Herbalty Cottage, and Chris Hughes, Wise Intermediate Principal


The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina School District, and the Medina Area Partnership are proud to announce the April selections for Students of the Month.  This award is a combined effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.  


Herbalty Cottage has graciously sponsored the award for April.  This month students are being honored with this article and a yard sign to celebrate their achievement. The yard sign was presented by Joseph Byrne, President of the Medina Teachers’ Association, and Chris Hughes, administrative representative of Medina CSD. Mr. Hughes also presented the winners with a pen and pencil set.  In addition, Herbalty Cottage presented each of this month’s winners with Casenic Cookies.


Nominated by Jamie Brooks of Oak Orchard, was second grader Alice Lonnen.  Mrs. Brooks  shared that Alice is a second grader who comes into school every day with a big smile and ready to learn.  She always goes above and beyond with her school work and is a friend to all.  She will go out of her way each day to make someone smile, whether it is making a card for a friend to let them know they are loved, or drawing pictures for classmates/teachers. If another student needs help, Alice will be the first to offer help even if she herself is unsure how to help. New material can be challenging, but Alice's optimistic demeanor allows her to preserve, even at times asking for extra homework when none is assigned.  What second grader has that much perseverance and drive?!  I am so proud of her. She has grown so much this year and it is because of her!  She has a positive attitude and is a great role model to others to make good choices, try their best, and be thankful for what they have. She hands in her work in a timely manner.  She is determined to make her teacher and parents proud of her, but more importantly, she works hard not for a reward or compliment, but to know that she put in her best effort.  Everything she does is completed joyfully with a smile!  She is a leader and a role model in my classroom.


From Wise Intermediate School, Katie Toub nominated one of her third grade students, Kole McMullen. When Mrs. Toub indicated her reasons for nominating Kole,  she shared that Kole has worked extremely hard in third grade and is making tremendous growth. Even though school can sometimes be difficult, he comes in everyday smiling and ready to try his best no matter what.  In addition to fully applying himself to every lesson every day, Kole is one of the kindest kids in the classroom.  Recently, we had an incident with another friend who was extremely upset at dismissal time. Kole took it upon himself to make sure that his friend not only got to where he needed to go, but also that he calmed down and left school happy, not crying and upset.  His caring carried over into the next day of school when he walked into the classroom with a plastic cup of candy from home for that friend.  When I asked him why he brought it in, he looked me straight in the eye and said, "He left upset yesterday and I felt really bad about that.  I wanted to do something to cheer him up." 


From the High School, Nick Reese, a ninth grader, was nominated by Rachel Trillizio.  Mrs. Trillizio  reports that Nick is a student that often goes under the radar.  He is a shy student that does his work and asks for very little attention.  In the past few months, I have personally witnessed Nick come out of his shell both academically and socially. With the highest grade in music theory, he is often contributing to the class by tutoring other students who need help, and volunteering to participate first in projects and enrichment activities.  It is Nick's passion for music and his willingness to get better at his craft that has pushed him to take risks with his education and "put himself out there" to help his peers.  Currently, Nick is involved in Wind Ensemble, volunteers for Concert Band (to assist students who struggle), is a student leader in marching band, volunteers for all after school set/up and tear down from music activities, and is in Music Theory class.  Nick also continues his educational connection outside of the classroom as he further explores his musical interests as a budding composer.  Often sharing his compositions (to which he dedicates many, many hours of his time) with theory classes, his peers look to him as a leader. Nick is a great kiddo that treats his peers with respect and support.  He is ALWAYS willing to help; volunteering many hours to the music department, is kind, and is very passionate about music.


Congratulations to this month’s winners! The MTA, MCSD, and the MAP will continue the student of the month program throughout the school year. Be on the lookout for the next honorees in the coming months. Look for posters in the windows of Medina businesses identifying them as proud supporters of this program. Who will be the next outstanding Medina student to be honored???