Student of the Month Archive

Student of the Month enjoys ‘giving back’

By Nancy Drago
Times-News correspondent


Mariah Smith is February's Student of the Month. [Photo submitted

   Mariah Smith, a seventh-grader at Southern Alamance Middle School, is February’s Student of the Month.
Mariah said she was “extremely shocked” to receive this honor.
Mariah has a close relationship with her grandmother, Wendy Jordan, who nominated her. Mariah is the daughter of Cameron and Cierra Smith of Burlington and has a younger sister named Chloe.
“She’s a good student. She doesn’t have to be told to keep her academics up,” Wendy said.
Of Southern Alamance Middle School, Mariah said, “everyone there is really nice, it’s a really good school.”
She manages her time wisely and sticks to a schedule. Her favorite classes are social studies and language arts.
“I like learning about the world around me and what has happened in the past,” Mariah said.
Mariah takes chorus as an elective. In her free time, she writes, reads, draws and sews.
She does a lot of work with her community. She was selected to be part of the Alamance Youth Leadership Academy.
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Leif Eckstrand always ‘happy to help’

By Zoie Nelson
Times-News correspondent 

Leif Eckstrand is Student of the Month for August, 2016. / Photo submitted

As Burlington Christian Academy senior Leif Eckstrand begins to fill out his college applications, he’ll be able to add one more honor onto the already long list of honors achieved while in high school — Times-News Student of the Month.
Mary Thomas Gilbert, who works in the Advancement office of BCA where Eckstrand goes to school, said when she saw a flier about Student of the Month, Eckstrand instantly came to mind.
“He is always gracious and kind and happy to help when you need a hand,” Gilbert said. “Leif is so polite and respectful. He has excellent interpersonal skills and communicates well with adults and peers alike.”
Eckstrand stands out with his impressive scholarly honors. He has been on the A Honor Roll every year he has been in school and currently takes either all Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) classes. He received the award for the highest GPA (grade point average) in Honors Biology, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra and Honors Anatomy, Christian Foundations I and II, Spanish I and II and Honors Chemistry. He also received the award for the highest GPA in Environmental Science. He was also a Junior Ambassador at BCA’s graduation last year, which places him in the top academic percentile of his class.
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Jonathan Hester is an ‘authentic’ volunteer

Jonathan Hester is May 2016's Student of the Month. / Photo submitted

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

   Authentic is a word that isn’t just thrown around when describing someone. However, it is certainly applicable to Southern Alamance High School senior Jonathan Hester. Jonathan is someone who is easy to be around, and was described by Dr. Rosemary Fischer as completely himself in the natural way he is able to relate to persons of varying abilities, ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, etc.
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Student of Month has ‘strong desire to change the world’

Emily Herry is Student of the Month for August, 2015. / Photo submitted

By Allison Tate
Times-News correspondent

   For most teenagers, summer is a time to relax by the pool with friends or to binge-watch entire TV series on Netflix, but Emily Herry, August’s Student of the Month, has bigger plans than that.
Emily, a freshman at Alamance Community College, spent her summer as a counselor at Camp Mundo Vista, a Christian girl’s camp right outside of Asheboro. Since her first trip to the camp, Emily was sure that she wanted to be a counselor to young girls and teach them about God.
“Camp has always been an amazing place to go as a camper and I truly love the fellowship and the feeling of being closer to God that I always get when I’m there,” Herry said.
In addition to being a camp counselor, Emily enjoys working part-time at the acting company, Teen 2 Teen Theatre in Burlington. Emily helps around the theater and is eager to participate in Student Directing, a program where a high school read more…

Learning from each other: Warrior Buddies offers unique perspective for those involved

Warrior Buddies, a program uniting regular education students with special needs students at Western Alamance High School, has been named April's Students of the Month. / Photo submitted

By Allison Tate
Times-News correspondent

   As the school year starts to wind down, it can be difficult for high school students to make time for everything they need to get done. Homework, exams, sports and daily life all leave little time for anything else. But a special group at Western Alamance known as the Warrior Buddies is making time for an extraordinary cause — friendship.
Warrior Buddies has been uniting special needs students and regular education students for several years. The group was started by Kenneth Lockner to bring together the two groups of students and give each side a new perspective.
“Too often, our special needs population was self-contained all day without contact with our regular education students. Warrior Buddies was designed to get those two groups in contact with each other,” Lockner said.
Through the group, Lockner said that he can see a positive change in all of the students involved. The regular read more…

Student of Month helps neighbors

Dylan Woods is Student of the Month for February, 2015. / Photo submitted

By Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent

   It takes a special kind of heart to selflessly help others without any encouragement to do so. February’s Student of the Month, Dylan Woods, has such a heart. Woods, a sixth-grader at Western Alamance Middle School, has spent his mornings before school for the last six months, helping out his elderly neighbors, Cleo Slaughter and her husband, Ted, in Elon.
Cleo Slaughter, who nominated Woods, described him as helpful and polite.
“He brings our paper to our house every morning before he gets on the bus,” Slaughter said. “Dylan has never been asked to do so. He just takes it upon himself to help out.
Woods, the youngest of five children, not only brings the Slaughters their paper, but helps with their trash and groceries as well.
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