The Board of Education honored five students on Tuesday, Oct. 13, for excellence in academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness, which are the focus areas of the school system’s master plan. Honored were Makayla Hill, fifth grader, Gale-Bailey Elementary School; Camryn Ging, fifth grader, Mary H. Matula Elementary School; Jesslyn Mulbah, fifth grader, Arthur Middleton Elementary School; Brianna High, eighth grader, Milton M. Somers Middle School; and Alejandro Cortez-Mendoza, senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School.
Hill was recognized in the area of academic achievement. She has been a Gale-Bailey “Lion” since prekindergarten and has continuously made honor roll since third grade. Hill is involved in soccer with the Bulldogs of the Pisgah’s Boys’ and Girls’ Club and placed third in last year’s county fair for a drawing she entered. Hill’s teacher Tanya Scarcelle describes her as a hard worker and a good role model for the class.
Ging was recognized in the area of career readiness. She has earned honor roll or principal’s honor roll every quarter since third grade. Ging plays soccer for the Pride, a Rec Plus league, and has decided to join K-Kids, a service club for students in elementary school. She is also involved with the Port Tobacco Players Theatre where she has her very first speaking role in this year’s production of, “A Christmas Carol.” After middle and high school, Ging plans to attend college and become a school counselor to help children solve problems.
Mulbah was recognized in the area of personal responsibility. This is her second year at Middleton. Last year, Mulbah finished with all A’s and one B on her report card. She stays organized by tracking assignments, tests and activities in her agenda book. Mulbah plays soccer and enjoys volleyball, basketball and football. When asked what she likes about school, she said she likes, “pretty much everything.”
High was recognized in the area of academic achievement. Since sixth grade, she has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and has been on the principal’s honor roll every quarter. High is the president of the Milton M. Somers National Junior Honor Society and is involved in the Lady Seahawks science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) club, Friends of Rachel Club, Destination Imagination, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA), All-County and Tri-County Orchestra, Principal’s Advisory Council and the county’s Science Fair. Somers Principal Carrie Akins said that High is a leader among her peers and is an outstanding role model.
Cortez-Mendoza was recognized in the area of personal responsibility. When he started as a freshman at McDonough, Cortez-Mendoza had limited English language skills. He was entered in to the Secondary Academy of International Languages (SAIL) program, and now takes pride and responsibility for his work. As a result, Cortez-Mendoza is more independent and is no longer a part of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. He obtained a driver’s license after passing the language and driving test. McDonough Principal Brad Snow said that Cortez-Mendoza demonstrates tremendous individual pride in being a positive contributor to his family, school, community and new country.
Each month the Board of Education honors students for their success in academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.
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