In an effort to bring more positive energy and a splash of color to Phoenix Middle School, teachers and administrators decided to bring back Students of the Month awards.
Except this year, the prize comes with a pretty solid catch. Student winners will have their hand prints become a part of school history.
Phoenix Art Teacher Hugh Petersen suggested painting drop-ceiling tiles and having students add their own paint hand print to them with a signature. The tiles will be put up in the school to recognize and honor those students who have demonstrated living by The Comet Code — by being safe, responsible, respectful and by being a learner.
Students are nominated for the awards by their teachers. There are winners for each grade level and two winners from the allied arts team of teachers. Those students can be from any grade.
The unveiling of the first painted tiles was done at a special celebration Wednesday, April 16, in the school auditorium.
Principal Mark Weerts told the crowd, which consisted of staff, students and students’ family and friends, about the honor it is to have students recognized for the award.
Winning Student of the Month thus far through the 2013-14 school year are:
October: sixth grade: Carlos Bernal and Heather Ream; seventh grade: Lindsey VanDeBogert and Rigoberto Nova; eighth grade: Claudia Zuniga and Drinton Ademi; allied arts: Astrid Perez, Daisy Echeverria.
November: sixth grade: Ian Karcher and Gaby Montelongo; seventh grade: Arianna Mendolia and Sean Seitz; eighth grade: Suleimy Perez and Hugo Valadez; allied arts: Maria Perez and Oliver Hetzel.
December: sixth grade: Freddy Karblean and Katilin Kraayeveld; seventh grade: sydney Anderson and Knick Ostrander; eighth grade: Erin Sorg and Guillermo DeLaCruz; allied arts: Taylor Ritchey and Xander Rosencranz.
January: sixth grade: Haley Fuss-Mueller and Ben Butke; seventh grade: Maddie Andreoni and Ben Acheson; eighth grade: Racheal Bradley and Drinton Ademi; allied arts: Caleb Reshkus and Alisandr Sanchez.
February: sixth grade: Jordane Torres-Raby and Yadira Rizo; seventh grade: Elizabeth Sirkman and Leroy Gloria; eighth grade: Israel Jaimes and Erika Colorado; allied arts: Frederick Krablean and Isaac Castillo Cano.
March: sixth grade: Wayne Minkler and Karina Torres; seventh grade: Jorja Moore and Will Holmes; eighth grade: Lizbeth Huerta and Hector Padilla; allied arts: Alexa Plomares and Kevin Aguilar.
April (to date): sixth grade: Ivan Aranda and Michelle Huerta; eighth grade: Abi Perez; allied arts: Katlynn Anditon.
Congratulations to the Phoenix Middle School Students of the Month Winners!