Student of the Month enjoys ‘giving back’

By Nancy Drago
Times-News correspondent

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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.
“We learn a lot of valuable stuff from every field trip we go on,” Mariah said. “We learn what kind of leader we are, and what we can do to help out around our community, and how to improve our schools.”
Wendy said that Mariah has gained a lot of friendships and important life lessons. Additionally, she helped out with the Junior Police Academy during the summer. She also was able to listen in on a Superior Court case.
Mariah isn’t quite sure what she wants to do in the future yet.
She claims that “whatever it is, I want it to be something I really enjoy doing.”
Mariah is a quiet and analytical person who is also “very thoughtful to others” and “very humble,” Wendy said. She is an A-honor roll student and is always trying to give back to her community and make it better.
“She’s got a big heart,” Wendy added.

Nancy Drago is a sophomore at Chapel Hill High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

 

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