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Students of month FebruaryThe students are, left to right, Jaylin Noel, White Church Elementary; Tate Zacharias, Arrowhead Middle; Eli Zacharias, Washington High; and, front, Oswaldo Simental Jr., KCK Early Childhood Center. (Photo from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools)
Students of month February
The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at the Feb. 12 meeting.
The students are Jaylin Noel, White Church Elementary; Tate Zacharias, Arrowhead Middle; Eli Zacharias, Washington High; and Oswaldo Simental Jr., KCK Early Childhood Center. Here are their nominations:
Oswaldo Simental Jr., PreK, came into his classroom the first day of school excited and ready to learn at his new school! He was very quick to pick up on the new aspects of his classroom. He loves to be a peer helper and brightens the classroom with his smile of enjoyment and love for school. I am happy to nominate him as student of the month. Sincerely, Tom Sowers, teacher.
Jaylin Noel, fourth-grader at White Church Elementary, is an exceptional young man. He has a passion for learning that is simply contagious to those around him. He is a leader in the classroom and an excellent role model for the other students in the building. He consistently achieves very high scores on his many different assessment tests. I find myself continually finding more challenging work for him to do, because he masters it so quickly and efficiently. I know his future will be very bright. Thank you for honoring him. Sincerely, Emily Dennis, teacher.
Tate Zacharias, seventh-grader at Arrowhead Middle, is the younger brother of the two Zacharias boys who attend the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools. Tate, like many other students, faces the daily challenge of balancing the growing demands of school and life. Despite any challenges that Tate faces, he has earned the honor to participate in National Junior Honors Society through hard work, attitude, and teacher recommendation. He also ran cross-country with the Arrowhead team and completed every race with fierce determination. Tate Zacharias is an exceptional individual who inspires and reminds us that if we are willing to climb high enough, nothing is out of reach. Sincerely, Paul Richardson, teacher; Emile Otteson, teacher; and Michael Rebne, teacher.
Eli Zacharias, ninth-grader at Washington High, has grown from an average to an exemplary student within the span of his eighth to his ninth-grade year, because of his willingness to work hard and improve. But it is also because he embraces with a full heart the relationship he shares with his younger brother whom he supports, encourages, and looks after. Their bond proves a truly great partnership. Eli has authentic politeness which never wavers, even while the fickle nature of young adolescence prevails with his classmates. Eli gives cares to his work, and has a calm demeanor that causes others to want to be around him. Sincerely, Paul Richardson, teacher; Emile Otteson, teacher; and Michael Rebne, teacher.
- Story and photo from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools