Phoenix Middle School eighth grader Elizabeth Sirkman recently received a good citizenship medal from the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The medal is awarded to students who have shown honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism. Phoenix staff nominate students for the award.
Phoenix Middle School Associate Principal Jim Karedes wrote this about Sirkman:
When our society considers an adolescent as a role model; adjectives like leader, loyal friend, hard worker, inspirational, selflessness, and acceptance of others comes to mind. These are just a few traits that embody the Phoenix Middle School Daughters of the American Revolution award nominee Elizabeth Sirkman. Known to her family, peers, teachers and the community as Lizzie, she is a role model whose core set of values places her family, academics, and future at the foreground of her successes.
Lizzie is the middle child of two other siblings, older sister Maggie and younger brother Scott. However, don’t think her identity is lost in being that middle child. Rather, this only adds to her character and identity as she consistently speaks proudly of both of her siblings, clearly exuding her commitment to family.
As a testament to her strength and resiliency, she is a cancer survivor celebrating 7 years of cancer free living as of March 17th.
Academically, Lizzie accepts nothing but the best effort from both herself and her classmates.
Individually, Lizzie strives for excellence in understanding and performance on homework, quizzes, tests, projects, activities and everything she participates in.
As an 8th grader, she has or will be participating as a student-athlete in volleyball, wrestling and track. Additionally, she has excelled as a member of the Phoenix Middle School band program, as well as jazz band, playing the alto saxophone, piano and electric guitar. Her academic successes include excelling in our 8th grade algebra course, preparing her for sophomore level mathematics beginning next year as a freshman. Throughout her years at Phoenix, she has continually made the list of academic high honors. Finally, she is also an active member of student council and the National Junior Honor Society.
Whether we are talking the “character” that Lizzie Sirkman is, or the characteristics that she displays, it is clear that this young lady is an inspiration to her peers and represents those qualities that we want in our future leaders of this glorious country including outstanding citizenship, selfless service, positive leadership, loyal patriotism and focused academics.
There is no doubt that the travels that this academic luminary has seen will pale in comparison to the ventures she has yet to seek. Her life’s novel has only begun to be written.