Jenna’s eyes sparkle with fun and warmth and reveal her personality to everyone. She is self-motivated and wants her environment to be a little happier, a little nicer, a little more creative and a little less stressful because she is in it. Jenna Olson, 10, is the daughter of Todd and Jennifer Olson and sister to James. Jenna is described by her teachers at Lakes Elementary as wise, forgiving, hard working, fun and a leader among her peers. “Jenna reaches out to other students without being prompted,” her teachers describe. An example of her generosity of spirit is evident in her work in the Lakes’ Ram Buddies program. Her teachers say Jenna went out of her way to make a true connection, befriending other students. “This year those skills are very evident in the classroom and playgrounds as I see her quickly choose to work with others who may not normally be in her peer group,” said Sandy Knottnerus, her fifth-grade teacher. She is able to accept the differences in others with grace, innately understanding that diversity of ability, background and belief is something to be celebrated. Another example of Jenna’s maturity is her ability to understand the importance of the relationships of family. Parents tell their children often that their siblings will be their friends when they become older. Jenna is proud to announce that her brother is her best friend now. Jenna’s leadership and enthusiasm are recognized by her peers as well as teachers and staff and she was voted as president of Student Council by her classmates. n addition to her academic endeavors, Jenna is a member of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Youth Group and the Rockford Community Theater. She includes art and drama among her hobbies. This smart, caring student makes an impression on those around her and proves that the efforts of an individual really can make a difference in the lives of others. Jenna Olson is a true Example in Excellence for Lakes Elementary School.
Examples in Excellence
Student’s positive joy for life has great impact on classmates, teachers Mavis Johnson is the daughter of Chuck and Sheryl Johnson and sister to Cailie, Clifton and Madelyne. Mavis is an exemplary leader who sets the bar high by her example. She continually uses the life skills of patience, respect, perseverance, flexibility, friendship and effort on a daily basis. Her spark and smile never falter, even when the going gets tough. Teachers and staff at Valley View Elementary can always count on Mavis to volunteer when help is needed or one of her peers need assistance. She also contributes in class where her positive approach becomes contagious. It is not long before her fellow classmates catch some of her spirit and “can-do” attitude. Described as a delightful student, Mavis displays a positive joy for life and has a great impact on her classmates and teachers. At Valley View, Mavis is a servant leader for the school store as she assists the other students with a smile once again. As a Safety for her school, Mavis takes her role very seriously. As with her studies, she is punctual and responsible in that role as well. Mavis is especially nurturing with younger students. Mavis’ leadership transcends the classroom and school setting as well. She participates in many activities, including soccer and volleyball. Mavis is her brother and sister’s biggest fan as they pursue their own athletic careers. Mavis loves animals, as is evidenced by having two dogs and three cats that she independently cares for. Finally, Mavis wants to be a mom and a teacher when she grows up—more evidence of her servant leadership attitude. Mavis helps to make Valley View the special school family that it is. For all her fine qualities, Mavis Johnson is clearly an Example in Excellence at Valley View Elementary School.
Maria appreciates life, always gives 100 percent in all she does Maria Bomer, 11, is the daughter of Heather and Michael Bomer and sister to Kathleen, 19, Christian, 17, and John, 14. Maria’s teachers describe her as a compassionate student with a permanent positive attitude who always tries to do her best, is honest, and is a person who genuinely cares for others. Maria serves as a volunteer ASD helper and member of the Safety Patrol at Roguewood. “She loves to make others happy, sometimes anonymously,” her teachers report. Maria is known for her polite manner and her determination to maintain a positive attitude, even when faced with a task that is challenging. Maria suffered a stroke before she was born, resulting in a weakness in her right arm and leg. Since birth she has had to work very hard at therapy and at home to learn everyday things that come naturally to most people. Throughout her eleven years, Maria has learned to give 100 percent in all she does. She appreciates life and holds a place in her heart for those less fortunate or with special needs. Her teachers believe she has a very bright future in this area. Maria loves to try anything! She has taken dance lessons, skied with the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association and also loves to ride horses at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding. Among Maria’s other favorite pastimes she includes a love of reading and to ride roller coasters. Maria is a Girl Scout and also has signed up for the area’s Special Olympics Swim Team. With her determination, compassion and strength of spirit, Maria was a natural choice as an Example in Excellence for Roguewood Spanish Immersion.
The happiness she spreads to others brightens every day Chloe Van Eck is the daughter of Jennifer and Todd and sister to Madeline, in ninth grade, and William, fourth grade. Chloe is a student that shows perseverance. School work and social situations can sometimes be tough and Chloe always takes the proper steps to make the right choices. Described by her teachers as having a strong sense of leadership, Chloe is a helper at school to many other students. If someone is struggling, she is there to help! Her genuine kindness is obvious to both her classmates and adults. “We have watched Chloe stop bullying situations and suggest better strategies,” staff at Crestwood report. “She is the type of person who will stop and ask someone if they are doing okay even if she has to go out of her way to help.” Chloe volunteers to visit a Korean War veteran—“adopted” by her family—who suffered a brain tumor and has no family of his own. She enjoys playing games and working on puzzles with him, helping him with yard work at his home and generally just loves spending time with him. She is trying to make a positive difference in his life. Chloe is always most excited to spend her own money to give to others less fortunate. Each Christmas her family purchases gifts for the Operation Christmas Child program through their church, but Chloe insists on using her own money, too. Chloe has a Christ-like attitude when she makes sure other people’s needs are met before her own. With a smile on her face every day, Chloe always asks, “What can I do to help you today?” Her energy and caring are obvious, as well as is her magnetic personality, determination and energy. She is known for consistently looking out for other people, being sincere, tender-hearted, kind and loving. The happiness Chloe spreads to others brightens their day. She is the type of student who has already made the decision that nothing is too hard. A tennis player, Chloe also enjoys playing the piano, swimming, horseback riding, boating, saltwater fishing, singing and vacations. She is a member of Calvary Church, where this year her Sunday School group is committed to memorizing the entire third […]
Megan is a leader in and out of the classroom Megan Derby, 10, is the daughter of Ed and Jennifer and the sister to Josh. All who meet her describe her as kind-hearted and sweet. Megan is described by her teachers as a thoughtful young lady, a willing helper, and very bright student. She goes out of her way to help everyone. She is a hard worker showing passion and commitment to a task. She shows her integrity by knowing what is right and doing it. Megan is a leader in and out of the classroom. She shows great responsibility in all her tasks. She thinks of others before herself. Megan finds ways to help others. She shows her service to community as a lunchroom helper. She also volunteers to help Mr. Bob with recycling during the lunch period. She serves as a Safety and as a STAR technology student helping out in the computer lab. “Megan is the type of student willing to help anyone who needs it,” her teachers say of her. She is always willing to be a study buddy with any of her classmates. Megan’s “can-do” attitude is evident daily. She is always positive with every task given to her. Her teachers note that she seems intrinsically motivated to do her best and has the support and love of her family behind her. Not only does she strive for her personal best, she helps others achieve their personal best as well. Megan is a very involved young lady. She has been a competitive dancer with the Rockford School of Dance for the last six years dancing tap, jazz and ballet. Megan also loves sports and participates in Community Education soccer, baseball and basketball. She has also participated in Parkside’s Odyssey of the Mind team and is an altar server at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church. Meagan earned first place in Parkside’s Spelling Bee in fourth and fifth grades and will represent our school at the regional bee. Megan is clearly a student with strong values who is not afraid to do what is right. Her determination, kind nature, and willingness to make a difference in her everyday actions make her an Example in Excellence for Parkside Elementary School.