OAHS February Students of the Month
Oxford Area High School recently held a breakfast to recognize the school’s Students of the Month for February. Each month teachers in selected departments nominate underclassmen for this honor, with the final selections made by the school administration.
Students of the Month are chosen based on criteria including demonstrating an effort and desire to learn; involvement in school and classroom activities; respect for all school policies and personnel; concern for the school community and friendliness and support for other students. The following Students of the Month for February were named after being nominated by members of the business & technology education, art, music and guidance departments and the nurses' office.
Oxford Area High School recently named its Students of the Month for February. Seated from left are junior Meghan Pitney, sophomore Rylee Shafer, freshman Xitlali Torres, sophomore Emily Muniz and freshmen Caitlin Sylvester and Selena Hernandez; standing from left are freshman Madi Chambers, juniors Jaclynn Mills, Donte DiFrancesco and Steven Thomas and senior Rodrigo Escoto.
Madi Chambers, freshman.
Selena Hernandez, freshman: Nominating teacher Kimberly Webber said, "Selena missed the first week of school but quickly made up all of her work and maintained an A throughout Personal Computer Applications 1. She had a smile on her face every day, was willing to help other students and was a hardworking, diligent student."
Caitlin Sylvester, freshman: Nominating guidance counselor Mary Humphreys said, "Since the start of the school year, Caitlin has found a good system for success. She is maintaining all A's and B's while making a name for herself with teachers as respectful, mature and a pleasure to have in class."
Xitlali Torres, freshman: Nominating teacher Dave Martin said, "I had Xitlali in both Peronal Finance and Business Enterprise in the first semester, and I enjoyed and appreciated her positive attitude, enthusiasm and participation in both classes. She is a role model who has a positive influence on the students around her."
Emily Muniz, sophomore: Nominating teacher Jason McLead said, "Emily is a very hard worker and is very conscientious of her grades. She is always respectful to both staff and students.
"Emily always has a positive attitude and seems to love to learn for the sake of acquiring knowledge, not just for a grade. I believe that Emily displays the best traits of a student and that her attitude will make her successful in fulfilling her goals in life."
Rylee Shafer, sophomore: Nominating teacher Jennifer Muehlmatt said, "Ryee gives more than 100 percent in all that she does and with a positive and friendly attitude. She goes out of her way to help others in her classes. Rylee has a rock solid character and could not be a more conscientious student."
Donte DiFrancesco, junior: Nominating teacher Erin Kauppila said, "Donte is an excellent student. He is conscientious, hardworking and focused.
"Donte is a great communicator and works very well with his peers. He knows what he wants and will stop at nothing less than achieving the best results possible. Donte is a terrific trumpet player and an asset to the OAHS band program."
Jaclynn Mills, junior: Nominating guidance counselor Keith Truver said, "Jaclynn has maintained a positive attitude and strong work ethic throughout the school year."
Meghan Pitney, junior: Nominating teacher Julie Wydrzynski said, "Meghan defines Student of the Month. She is polite, talented and hardworking, and we should be proud to have her as a representative of our school.
"Meghan is by far one of the most respectful, creative and mature students I have had the pleasure of teaching. She sets high standards for herself, which is evident in the quality of work she produces. Meghan is a wonderful asset to our music department and our school."
Steven Thomas, junior: Nominating teacher Valerie Hill said, "Each day Steven enters the class with a greeting. At the end of one class when he noticed I had some supplies that I needed to move to the other classroom, he offered to help.
"Steven notices when people need assistance, is polite and is a hard worker. I look forward to a positive, productive semester with Steven!"
Rodrigo Escoto, senior: Nominating school nurses Tish Foster and Nichole Cardarople said, "Rodrigo has been assisting in the nurses' officer by getting a cooler of ice each morning. He is reliable and always respectful. His 'good morning' is nice way to start the day!
"In the classroom Rodrigo has shown leadership skills and compassion toward others. He entered school speaking only Spanish and has learned the English language quickly and competently. Rodrigo's kind and caring actions are why he is our Student of the Month."