Student of the Month Archive

Student of the Month: Jackson Benes has ‘lofty goals & objectives’

By Kamryn Guye

Jackson Benes is January's Student of the Month. [Photo submitted

Jackson Benes, a freshman at the Early College at Alamance Community College, is January’s Student of the Month.
   Jackson was nominated for this honor by his father, Jeff Benes.
   “Jackson has a number of significant accomplishments in his 15 years,” Jeff said.
   The list includes: A honor roll at Alamance Community College’s Early College; Eagle Scout; member of the Boy Scouts Honor Society, Order of the Arrow; black belt in martial arts; accomplished piano player; Scout of the Year for VFW Post 10607; attended both national and world Scout Jamborees and a graduate of the Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.
   “He is a serious student and has lofty goals and objectives,” Jeff added.
   Jackson is the son of Jeff and Cathy Benes of Graham and he has two sisters — Kelley Ghant of Charlotte and Jennifer Benes of Burlington.
   Jackson recently took time out of his busy schedule recently to answer Teens & 20s’ questions.
   Teens & 20s: What are your plans for the future?
  Jackson: My plans for the future are to graduate from high school with A’s, go to a four-year college for Robotic Engineering and graduate with Honors, then find a job I enjoy and live a happy and successful life.
  Teens & 20s: What is your favorite thing about school?
  Jackson: My favorite thing about school is that I have great teachers that care about me.
  Teens & 20s: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
  Jackson: I enjoy reading books, sometimes multiple at once. I also enjoy going on YouTube and watching my favorite YouTubers, like Jacksepticeye, read more…

Freshman described as ‘rock star student’

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent


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 read more…

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.
Adriana’s plans for this summer include packing for college, obtaining a part- read more…

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.

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