Examples in Excellence

Rockford Freshman Center’s Brooke Glencer, an Example in Excellence

April 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Determined student is a role model for others Brooke is the daughter of Joseph Glencer and Stacy and Terrence Sammon. She is sister to Morgan and Hunter Glencer and Zack, Blaze and Jordan Sammon. Brooke is a self-disciplined student who puts every effort into the tasks she undertakes. She is caring and sets an example for others in the way she treats those around her. Brooke’s giving attitude is clear in all she does, from volunteering at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding to her passion for recycling. She takes items to Goodwill for donation and is a very loving person. She is a good role model for her siblings and is equally comfortable with animals, children and the elderly. Since she was young, Brooke has wanted to be a teacher becauseshe loves helping others. This compassionate attitude is obvious to those around her, and she shows her caring by helping others.She is always polite and considerate, and puts her best effort into all she does. Brooke values her family and her faith, and works hard to make good decisions. She takes her work seriously and plans to attend Michigan State University. She is an organized student who is both easygoing and determined. Brooke enjoys shopping, babysitting, cheerleading, kayaking, jet skiing, cooking, gymnastics, reading, writing and swimming. She is a regular Honor Roll student, and was Citizen of the Month at her school. She is first chair in band and is in cheer. Brooke is a student who has earned the rspect and amration of her peers and teachers. She is a person who has a solid sense of responsibility, but also strongly believes in making the world a better place. At Rockford Freshman Center, and in her life outside of school, Brooke is clearly an Example in Excellence.

Meadow Ridge Elementary’s Jake Fath, an Example in Excellence

April 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

Self-determined young man a quiet leader in classroom Jake Fath, 11, is the son of A.G. and Amy Fath and brother to Ryan, 3. Jake is a caring student, who is eager to help his classmates. This self-determined young man is a quiet leader in the classroom who motivates others by his example. His teachers say he is an inspiration to work with and is a person who peers respect and look up to. Jake is very active through Cub Scouts in collecting food for those less fortunate. He has a positive attitude in all he does. “Jake always has a smile on his face and is eager to help others,” his teachers report. He is a self-motivated student who is quick to look for opportunities to achieve. He always gives 100 percent to the tasks before him and helps other students do their best. As an athlete, Jake has earned ribbons for his performance in track, he has a trophy from participation in football, and enjoys playing sports with his friends. His favorite sports include football, soccer, baseball and track. He has earned Cub Scout patches for completed projects and numerous awards. Jake is also helpful at home and enjoys being with his family. The staff at Meadow Ridge Elementary School is proud to present Jake Fath as an Example in Excellence. • • •

Valley View Elementary’s Sam Corey: an Example in Excellence

March 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

Sam Corey, natural leader, stands up for what is right Sam Corey is the son of Chris and Michelle Corey and brother to Christopher and Hannah. He is described as a kind student who goes out of his way to befriend others who may not be as socially or academically gifted. He never puts himself above others and takes the time and effort to put others at ease. Sam is a natural leader who stands up for what is right. In the classroom or on the playground he has a sense of fairness that guides him. He is a leader by example. Although Sam is smart, athletic and musical, he does not see himself as better than anyone else and is very aware of the needs of those around him. Sam’s teachers say he knows right from wrong and his parents, family, faith and friends motivate him. He knows he has special abilities and is determined to fulfill his potential. He is self-motivated and works hard to achieve his best. A talented young man, Sam is able to play multiple musical instruments: the guitar, violin, drums, piano, harmonica and bass guitar. He has earned many trophies from various sports. Sam is a volunteer Safety, on the school Green Team, a member of a band, a member of his school Student Council, a “bus buddy,” a music club member, involved in his church Our Lady of Consolation, and active in Odyssey of the Mind. Sam’s talents, but more importantly, his compassion and sensitivity for others, make him an Example in Excellence at Valley View Elementary School.

Crestwood Elementary’s Amanda Eslinger: an Example in Excellence

March 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

Known for her sunny smile and willingness to give Amanda Eslinger, 10, is the daughter of Paul and Robin Eslinger and sister to Brianna. Amanda is known as a responsible person who sets high standards for herself. Teachers at Crestwood Elementary School say that Amanda regularly goes out of her way to make a difference in the lives of other students. She is quick to lend a hand when she notices someone who needs help, and is known for her caring attitude. A friendly student, Amanda is well liked by her peers and teachers. Amanda volunteers her time at Crash’s Landing, a no-kill cat shelter. She spends six to nine hours each month helping to care for the pets there, feeding and watering the animals, or cleaning cages. She also enjoys giving loving attention to the cats until they find their new home. Amanda strives to do her personal best in the activities she undertakes. Her sunny smile is well known at school and at home. Her determination to succeed is shown by her academic achievement. She has reached the Platinum level in Accelerated Reading, and was elected to student council in fifth grade. A well-rounded student, Amanda also enjoys cheerleading, gymnastics, reading and playing games on her Nintendo DS. She is a member of the Rocket cheer team and also loves to ride her bike. Amanda attends Northlawn United Methodist Church. This positive and exceptional young woman is an Example in Excellence in all she does. Examples in Excellence is a joint effort of Rockford Public School, Douglas Photography and The Rockford Squire newspaper. Students are chosen annually from each school in the district for their qualities of character and williness to help others. Students are recognized at a ceremony each spring and throughout the year with a display of their portraits and biographies in the school administration office.

Student strength of character to be recognized

February 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

It is one of the most positive stories the Squire covers in the course of a year. Actually, it is over a dozen separate stories. From every school in the Rockford district, principals and staff have the hard task of picking just one student for a very special honor. In Examples in Excellence, Rockford Students Making a Difference, we honor young people chosen for their generosity of heart and strength of character. In a joint effort with Rockford Public Schools, Douglas Photography and The Rockford Squire, students are recognized in print, in portrait photography and in person next Monday, February 8. Photographer Dan Davison brought to Rockford the idea of recognizing kids for all they do to make a difference in the lives of others. The students are chosen by the school staff, the first step in a long process that culminates at an unveiling ceremony that will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the auditorium at the Rockford Schools Administration building. Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, school staff and the Board of Education recognize these youngsters and first see the biographies and photographs published in an heirloom publication that will be treasured for a lifetime. Douglas Photography’s Davidson donates his time and cost in taking portraits of the kids and creating large framed photos that will be displayed in the administration offices for the next full year. After, each family is given the portrait as a gift. At the ceremony, the portraits are seen for the first time. The Squire publishes a keepsake edition supplement to the newspaper, a stand-alone, full color Examples in Excellence, Rockford Students Making a Difference. Supported by local businesses, the publication is also unveiled for the first time at the ceremony before being distributed in the Squire and at participating companies. “It gives us an opportunity to recognize these very well-rounded students,” said Lisa Jacobs, Director of Rockford Community Education Services. In its ninth year, the ceremony continues to be packed with proud supporters of these students. “These students are always very humble, very thankful to be recognized,” Jacobs said. Each year the families are thrilled that their child was chosen for such an elite honor and for such a good cause. “Any time we have an opportunity to recognize […]

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