Freshman described as ‘rock star student’

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

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DaNyla Covington is May's Student of the Month. [Photo submitted

   DaNyla Covington, a freshman at Orange High School in Hillsborough, is May’s Student of   the Month.
Jason Willix, DaNyla’s math teacher, nominated her for the honor.
“Teaching DaNyla is truly an honor,” he said. “She is the kind of student that makes teaching a fun job. She appreciates learning and has fun while doing it. She does not take education for granted. She values it and works really hard. She does all of her assignments, turns work in on time, does well on all quizzes and tests, and overall is just a rock star type of student.”
DaNyla gets a thrill out of working hard and being successful.
“What motivates me to be a successful student is how hard I am on myself,” she said. “I feel like when I get a good grade it’s like a reward for me. It’s like I’m proving that I can do it if I try my best.”
“She is very disciplined in how she goes about her academics and that is a big reason as to why she is so successful,” Willix added. “She does all of this again, while having a great attitude and great work ethic. Effort and attitude are two things that kids can control. If both of those things are positive, chances are the result will be positive as well.”
She is the daughter of Latoya M. Covington and the sister of Tamia D. Covington, Taylor E. Garrett and Devin Micah Covington Booth.
“I am grateful and blessed to have a child like DaNyla Jean,” Latoya said. “She has an upbeat attitude and the way she approach things encourages others to do better. Her attitude is somewhat infectious. She makes the best out of the situation and encourages others to do the same.”
“My mom and my brother inspire me because they both tell me not to lose hope and try my best,” DaNyla said.
When not working hard at school, DaNyla enjoys writing poetry, painting, and drawing — which she says takes her to a different world. She also is an usher at Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Mebane and is the only teenager currently in the position.
In the future, DaNyla plans to go to college and pursue studies in technology or baking, and later hopes to pursue a Master’s degree.
“I expect only greatness in DaNyla’s future,” Latoya said. “I expect her to put her heart and soul into whatever she chooses to do in her future. I feel like DaNyla’s future will be full of sweet rewards because of how hard she works and how determined she is to do better.”

Hollyann Gardner is a high school junior at Alamance Community College and a Teens & 20s writer.

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