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Students of the monthThe Kansas City, Kan., Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at a meeting on May 14. Honored were, top row, left to right, Enrique Williams, senior at Washington High School, and Emmanuel Cullins, seventh grader, Northwest Middle School, bottom row, left to right, Kevin Castaneda Ocampo, second grader at John Fiske Elementary, and Renee Rascon-Verdugo, preschooler from Quindaro Elementary.
Students of the month
The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Education recently honored Students of the Month for May.
“From the beginning of the year, Renee Rascon-Verdugo, has shown a compassionate heart for all the students around her. She makes friends easily and plays with all different types of children in the classroom. Renee is always a child that is ready to help the teachers, other staff, or her friends. Renee is doing excellent with her academic learning as well. I wanted to take some time to recognize all these great things before the year is over.” Jodie D. King, Pre-k teacher at Quindaro Elementary School.
“Kevin Castaneda Ocampo, second grader, attended John Fiske as a kindergartner, and then moved to Mexico for one year, returning this year as a second grader. His father informed me that Kevin was feeling very nervous about returning to John Fiske, as he had lost most of his knowledge of the English language while living in Mexico. It was difficult as he adjusted to being back in the U.S., but he continues to grow as a learner. I admire his hard work and dedication. I often refer to Kevin as my “pride and joy." Megan Mejia, Teacher at John Fiske Elementary.
“Emmanuel Cullins, seventh grader, is one of the brightest students I have taught in my three years of teaching. He is also very determined. As his Language Arts teacher, I have seen his writing grow tremendously. While he succeeds in his classes, he still makes time to juggle other activities also. I am nominating Emmanuel for these reasons and because he is a student that leads others in the right direction. As he has said, “I could have chosen the wrong path but I chose excellence because I wanted to change the world, make a difference, and make my parents proud.” Kelley Freeman, seventh grade Language Arts Teacher, Northwest Middle School.
“While teaching for over 6 years at Washington High School, I have never met a student as responsible and devout to his studies as Enrique Williams, senior at Washington High School. He is a stellar student both in the classroom and outside. In a classroom conversation, Enrique is always patient, listening to others, and will bring to the conversation awe-inspiring insight. He is a member of cross-country, track, and basketball, he has conveyed a positive attitude in working individually and as a team player. It is without a doubt that I proudly recommend Enrique for student of the month.” Nathan Cushenbery-Andrews, teacher at Washington High School.
- Story and photo from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools