Student is known for his ‘come on, keep trying’ attitude Luke Schuring, 10, is the son of Kathy and Jason Schuring and sibling to Haylee, 13, and Derrik, 8. Open-minded, willing to try new things, honest and thoughtful of others are the words Luke’s teachers use to describe him. An example of this young man’s giving nature was provided by his mother. She had given him some money for doing chores around the house without being asked. Later, at the store, he had picked out some candy to buy with his money. When he approached the cashier, he noticed a donation container. He put back the candy and asked his mother if it was alright if he donated his money instead. Luke has a “come on, keep trying” attitude and his teachers say he never gives up once he sets his mind to a goal. Wise beyond his years, he is described as a “thirty-year-old man trapped in a ten-year-old’s body.” Luke’s teachers say he is willing to follow suggestions and directions and is known for his cheerful attitude. He is known in school by his classmates and staff for being quick to volunteer any help he can to others. He is an Early Childhood Special Education helper at school as well as a lunch room helper. Outside of school his caring nature is also evident and he enjoys collecting for food drives. Motivated by the self-satisfaction of doing his best and never holding back, Luke loves to help others succeed as well. He is as much interested in helping others meet their goals as he is in his own success. His determination and enthusiasm are always evident and he brings out the same attitude in others by example. Luke loves art and has had his work displayed at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community. He is also a Boy Scout and loves earning new patches. Also an athlete, Luke was named Most Valuable Player on his soccer team. Among his accomplishments is taking first place in the Boy Scout Father and Son Cake Bake. Luke loves to read, create art, play football and soccer and run. He is an avid outdoors person who loves to fish, camp and build shelters outdoors. A joy to have […]
Example in Excellence
Water polo is a challenging, yet exhilarating sport that is growing in popularity throughout the country. Boys and girls in grades first through eighth are invited to come and be introduced to the sport Monday, July 25 at North Rockford Middle School pool. The free program runs from 1 to 2:15 p.m. and will be staffed by the Rockford High School coaches and players. This community is known throughout the Midwest for its excellent high school water polo program, which includes 11 state championships, eight for the boys and three for the girls. But there’s no need to wait until high school to get involved. This summer event is a great opportunity for kids—and parents—to learn what makes Rockford water polo special. In addition to this summer program, watch for announcements of Rockford Community Education polo for grades first through sixth this fall. And middle school student are invited to consider joining the successful boys and girls teams that practice at the North Rockford Middle School pool in the spring.
Musical, creative student is a natural writer and helper Anna Kurtz, 10, is the daughter of Leonard and Kathleen Kurtz and sister to Emily and Taryne. “Anna shows initiative in class by being a good helper where she’s needed,” report Anna’s teachers. “She is very responsible, exceeding expectations in assignments. She is also considerate to her friends, teachers and peers.” A genial and creative individual, Anna entertains others with her music and stories and has a warm greeting for all. This girl with a bright future sings in talent shows and is always writing stories. She even takes her writer’s notebook out to recess. Anna has a positive attitude that just won’t stop and is passionate about learning. She pours over books and writes beautiful, creative stories. Anna has an internal drive to learn, which will likely serve her well all her life, teachers say. She is a student who always does her personal best. Other activities of Anna’s are participation in talent shows, volunteering on the bus safety patrol and Jump Rope for Heart, where she won an award for her sponsors and donations. This musical, delightful student sings while her dad plays guitar, and takes art classes in addition to those offered at school. She was runner-up in the spelling bee this year, qualifying for the regional bee. She also read over 40 books in fifth grade by Christmas vacation! Belmont Elementary School teachers and staff applaud Anna for her many talents, but also in her passion for learning, helping and doing her best. She is a fine Example in Excellence in her school and in life.
Friendly nature and helpful attitude evident in motivated student Benjaman Andrew Enter led the River Valley Academy effort in the “Year of the Ram” by participating in painting the school’s Ram. He maintained an excellent attitude of cooperation while under a strict time schedule, helping to incorporate various design schemes into the final project. Ben’s friendly nature and helpful approach make him a great fit at River Valley Academy. The school demands an adult-like attitude and intrinsic motivation, both of which Ben has shown daily as he continues to earn credit toward graduation. He appeared in a number of plays in school and community theater, including Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Les Miserables, Dreaming of Emerald Isle, Dead Man Walking, and Robin of the Long Bow. Ben is interested in a variety of outside activities including cooking, singing, reading, listening to all kinds of music—yes, even opera—and community service projects at North Kent Community Services and Our Lady of Consolation Church. Ben is planning on an internship during his final high school year. After high school, Ben plans on completing the prestigious culinary program at Grand Rapids Community College. He also aspires to continue acting and would like to appear in the Addams Family Musical and other professional productions.
Student quick to welcome newcomers, offer friendship Lynsey Bettig is the daughter of Jeff and Vicki Bettig and sister to Lexi. Lynsey shows over and over her caring nature in and out of school. Teachers say it is a privilege to work with Lynsey, who demonstrates positive leadership among classmates, teammates, teachers and her coaches. This conscientious student holds a 3.6 grade-point average, is a talented athlete and served as her school team’s varsity softball team manager. Lynsey is very involved in her church and often befriends incoming students before school starts and helps them feel comfortable in the new environment. As a team manager, Lynsey was fired up and ready to go. She came to every practice and her dedication and school spirit set a powerful example to other young ladies on the team. The players came to know, love and admire Lynsey for her passionate and positive words of encouragement. It was obvious she truly believed in them as individuals. From sitting with a new student during lunch period to volunteering in vacation Bible school, Lynsey is the type of person who shows true leadership as well as the kindness to go out of her way for others. Lynsey is hardworking, motivated and always gives her best. She is also quick to offer a hand to help others succeed and share a smile as well. She faces life with a joy that spreads to others around her. The eighth-grade student has been nominated as Student of the Month, is a member of the Junior National Honor Society and has repeatedly earned academic honors. Lynsey is in the accelerated reading program. She also is a talented athlete with many trophies in basketball, softball as well as trophies for participating in Awana at church. Lynsey has played on the Rockford Little League and hopes to play as a freshman in high school sports. In addition to her passion for sports, especially softball where she is a pitcher, she enjoys art, reading and listening to music. As an Example in Excellence at East Rockford Middle School, Lynsey is known as an all-around neat kid with a strong sense of right and wrong.