Student of the Month Archive

Cummings senior is February’s Student of the Month

By Skyanne B. Miller
Times-News correspondent


Adriana Jimenez-Guzman is February's Student of the Month. [Photo submitted

  Adriana Jimenez-Guzman is February’s Student of the Month.
Robert Vellani, an ELA (English/Language Arts) teacher at Cummings High    School, described her as “typifying the very best of our current senior class.”
“She is a remarkable student with a 4.27 grade point average and A Honor Roll status. She is president of our chapter of the National Honor Society, Vice President of Lady Pearls, (a community service-learning group) and a newly registered Certified Nursing Assistant. This semester, Adriana is enrolled in three core classes at Alamance Community College, Main Campus: Statistics, Biology and English,” he said. “As a student leader and scholar, Jeffery Lawson, National Honor Society faculty advisor, describes Adriana in one word: ‘top-notch.’ ”
She will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall, where she will major in Kinesiology.
Adriana also tutors and is active in her church, Palabra de Dios in Burlington
The Bible verse, Proverbs 16:3 “commit your plans to the Lord and you will succeed” has predominantly inspired Adriana.
In addition to schoolwork and serving the community, she enjoys swimming, knitting, reading, going on an occasional walk and assisting her mother cook are some of her favorite pastimes.
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November’s Student of the Month has a desire to do what’s right

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 


Cailyn Fogleman is November's Student of the Month. [Photo submitted

   November’s Student of the Month, Cailyn Fogleman, lives by the motto — “if you are honest and a hard worker, you will be successful in anything you put your mind to.”
Fogleman, a junior at Burlington Christian Academy (BCA), excels in scholarship, sports and selflessness. She is the daughter of Chad and Crystal Fogleman of Burlington.
Rene Neff, BCA’s athletic director, describes her as “off-the-charts” academically, but emphasizes that Fogleman “quietly assumes the role of a servant leader.”
As a child, Fogleman was involved in soccer, gymnastics and cheerleading before she discovered her passion for volleyball in middle school.
“I love that volleyball allows our team to work together to grow within the sport both individually as well as together. Our team has such a strong bond and we are like family,” she said.
Fogleman takes initiative on and off the field. This September, she orchestrated the return of a local cancer fundraiser, Volley for the Cure, to Burlington Christian Academy.
“Volley for the Cure had been started several years ago and it was always an incredible event to raise awareness and a great fundraiser for the community. We didn’t have anyone to coordinate it last year and I really missed it,” she explained.
“I asked our athletic director (Neff) if I could take on this as a project and was excited that she allowed me to do this for our school and community. It is so important to have ways to increase breast cancer awareness in schools and also contribute to local patients’ needs through fund-raising.”
Through her willingness to serve others, Fogleman helped raise almost $900 to contribute to the Cone Health Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund. The money that was donated from this project assisted patients in numerous aspects of their cancer treatment, providing transportation to and from appointments, assisting with costs of medication, and helping patients with their utility bills when medical bills become overwhelming.
“Cailyn is compassionate and mature beyond her years,” Neff said.
She is excited to see what the future holds for Fogleman, predicting that she will establish a nonprofit that discovers the cure for cancer.
“Each year, I am learning more about myself and my strengths and interests,” Fogleman said. “I feel as if there are so many career opportunities out there…I am excited to see what all this world has to offer.”
She encourages other teens who wish to get involved in community service to “follow their passion and devote themselves towards their goal. Be proud of the difference they are able to make in their community.”
Her own motivation, the driving force behind her acts of kindness and servant spirit, is strikingly simple but poignant with power. For Cailyn Fogleman, Student of the Month, putting others first isn’t a choice, it’s a calling.
“I am inspired simply by the desire to do what’s right at my greatest ability with the talents that God has given me.”

Logan A. White is a Teens & 20s writer and a home-schooled high school graduate. She currently trains in Cary Ballet Conservatory’s professional program.




‘Sweet smile & genuine heart’: Karissa Teer is July’s Student of Month

By Kaitlyn Parham
Times-News correspondent 


Karissa Teer is July's Student of the Month. [Photo submitted

Those who know Burlington Christian Academy (BCA) graduate Karissa Teer will tell you that she is a hard-working student, a devoted friend and a selfless leader. This month, she was able to add another honor to her long list of accomplishments — Times-News Student of the Month.
Ginger Canovai, who works in the office of advancement at BCA, said that she was a perfect candidate for this honor.
“Karissa’ s name is one that I heard all over campus this year as a student who always went above and beyond in every aspect of her life. Teachers, parents, and students alike all love her sweet smile and genuine heart,” Canovai said.
Karissa was accepted into Georgetown University early this year, and will attend the prestigious college in the fall.
“She is an exemplary student, dedicated athlete, passionate community volunteer and stellar young life example to all those behind her in years. I am in no doubt that she will excel not only at Georgetown University but in whatever task is before her for many years to come,” Canovai added.
Karissa’s abundant selflessness extends throughout the community as well, as she has a great respect and compassion for the elderly. For the past two summers, Karissa has been involved with the Twin Lakes YESS! Program, allowing her to spend time with residents and serve as a mentor to other volunteers. Karissa has also spent numerous hours volunteering at the Children’s Museum of Alamance County, and tutoring younger students in English and Math through a tutoring program at BCA.
Karissa’s parents, Gary and Sammantha Teer of Burlington, have witnessed her grow tremendously over the years.
“Karissa was a shy and timid child who was afraid to speak to people, even family members,” Gary and Sammantha Teer said. “Over the years, particularly her junior and senior year, Karissa has grown into a confident and articulate young lady who can converse with anyone and is a great public speaker. The best part of watching Karissa grow up has been that she has always remained thoughtful, considerate, generous and intuitively kind.”
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June’s Student of Month ‘excels in everything he tries to do’

By Lydia Pankratz
Times-News correspondent

Seth Tysor is Student of the Month for June 2018. / Photo submitted

Theron Few of Mebane describes his grandson, Seth Tysor of Graham, as “a diligent student who has made every effort to get the most out of his studies, and his grades show it.”
This is one of the reasons that Theron nominated Seth for June’s Student of the Month.
Theron also said that Seth has excelled in everything he’s tried to do, and particularly mentioned that Seth is a good driver.
Seth says he is honored to have been chosen Student of the Month, and that it is special to him that his grandfather would nominate him.
“I just really want to thank the folks who chose me, and everyone who’s had an impact on my life so far — my parents,friends and family,” he said.
Seth is an Alamance County native, a rising senior at Southern Alamance High School, and the only child of Cliff and Lisa Tysor. His paternal grandparents are Barney and Smithie Tysor of Graham, and his maternal grandparents are Theron and Darlene Few of Mebane.
He has big goals for the future and he’s working toward them even while he’s out of school for the summer. He hopes to be either a neurosurgeon or a cardiothoracic surgeon. After he graduates from high school, he hopes to take pre-med at UNC-Chapel Hill, and attend medical school at either Duke University or at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is doing an internship this summer with a doctor at UNC-Chapel Hill, and is also volunteering at Alamance Regional Medical Center once a week.
He also is involved in varsity sports at Southern High School.
“Every year I do three varsity sports — cross country, indoor track and tennis,” he said.
Seth says his favorite thing about school, besides learning new things, is the long-lasting friendships he’s made.
“I love getting to know what drives people, what motivates them,” he added.
Seth has volunteered with several projects including organizing blood drives at Southern High School. He’s also helped raise money for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.
“He’s a well-liked, happy student,” Theron said.
“He’s exemplary in everything he tries to do,” Darlene Few added.

Lydia Pankratz is a recent homeschool graduate and a Teens &20s writer.

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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