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Student of the Month Winners for December 2018


December Students of the Month

In the photo from left to right:   Bonnie Heck from Herbalty Cottage, Dr. Denise Stappenbeck Curriculum Coordinator for MCSD/Building Administrator at Clifford Wise, Makenzi Wynn, Autumn Rizzo, Anastasia Olivo-Miller, and Joe Byrne MTA President.



The Medina Teachers Association, Medina Central School, and the Medina Business Association are proud to announce the December selections for Students of the Month.  This award is a joint effort between the three 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 December.  This month, students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers’ Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and a special pen and pencil from Dr. Denise Stappenbeck representing MCSD.  In addition, Herbalty Cottage presented each student with Himalayan hand and foot scrubs


Nominated by Kristi Black of Oak Orchard was third grader Autumn Rizzo.  Mrs. Black shared that when Autumn struggles, she does not quit or run to the teacher for help, she doesn't eye up her neighbor's paper, she puts forth the effort and uses her stamina to push through.  Yes, she does ask for help sometimes, but not until she has put up a good fight.  She shows excitement for learning and when she finally "gets it", you will see the big smile light up across her face and hear her say something to show how proud she is.  She is kind to everyone, to her classmates, to fellow students in other classes, as well as to me, her teacher.  She goes out of her way to be a helper.  That is probably one of the reasons she was chosen to be on the safety patrol team here at school.  I even hear she is a helper at home and she loves to clean!  Autumn is responsible here at school each and every day.  She comes to school on time, pays attention throughout the long day of a third grader.  She completes her tasks at school and even does her homework.  She keeps her area clean and her desk is neat and organized.  Her enthusiasm for learning, her happy spirit, and her kind heart make her perfect for this honor.


From Wise Middle School, Nicole Goodrich and Pam Canham nominated seventh grade student Anastasia Olivo Miller.  When these teachers indicated their reasons for nominating Anastasia, they shared that Anastasia Olivo Miller, who has only been in our district for a month, demonstrates great character traits.  They witnessed her in the hallway walking with someone who was being bullied.  She sided up with this student, talked to him quietly to calm him down and encouraged him to ignore the bullies.  She stopped the student from retaliating, which would have ended up with the bullied student getting in trouble and reminded him of other ways to handle the situation.  She always tries her hardest in class, even when what they are working on is difficult. She is always willing to help anyone.  She is very polite and kind to everyone. She is an amazing young lady and they are so glad she moved into our district.  


From the High School, Makenzi Wynn, a senior, nominated by Alissa Dunham and Samantha Szeluga.  Mrs. Dunham and Mrs. Szeluga report that as they prepared for the Veteran's Day Dinner, Makenzi went above and beyond selling candles in the spring, visiting businesses to get donations, and then asking for necessary items for the dinner.  She went to numerous places and was persistent in getting donations from different businesses.  She always asks if there is anything else that she can do and says it with a smile.  She is polite to her peers, kind and always willing to go the extra step in helping the National Honor Society and also outside of the organization.  She sets a wonderful example for all of the students in the building and they are SOOOO thankful to have her in NHS and are thankful to have the opportunity to get to know her as a person.


Congratulations to this month’s winners!  The MTA, MCSD, and the MBA 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???