Ironside siblings 1st selected for recognition same monthPublished 10:34pm Monday, May 17, 2010
By JOHN EBY
Dowagiac Daily News
Dowagiac Board of Education Monday night in the middle school cafeteria honored six April Citizens of the Month.
The school board awarded Chieftain Hero T-shirts or engraved plaques to Patrick Hamilton kindergartner Lanija Williams, Kincheloe fifth grader David Ironside, Sister Lakes fourth grader Anthony Conner, middle school eighth grader Noemi Sanchez, Justus Gage Inside Track preschooler Anna Ironside and Union High senior Martha Brito.
Lanija is a kindergarten student of Jamie Ely at Patrick Hamilton.
She is the daughter of Chalita Smith.
Lanija has a brother, TreQuan Hayes, who is a fourth grader at Pat Ham, and a sister, Miracle, who will attend kindergarten next year.
Lanija always tries hard in her classroom.
She loves to paint pictures and will always choose the art center.
She has come a long way since the beginning of the school year.
She now knows the school rules and makes sure everyone follows them.
She is always a Hallway Hero around the school.
Lanija is learning all kinds of sight words so she can read like a first grader.
She can’t wait to teach her little sister all about kindergarten at Pat Ham.
David is a fifth grade student in Chris Cox’s class.
He is the son of David and Debbie Ironside. David has two sisters, Miranda, 8, and Anna, 4, who is Justus Gage’s Citizen for April.
David is not only a hard-working student, but the most helpful student a teacher could hope for.
He is super organized himself and he helps keep the room in order.
David likes to sort and clean bookshelves and cabinet drawers.
He will do anything to help other students and Mr. Cox to make things run smoothly.
David does these things without anyone asking him to, which Mr. Cox thinks says a lot about David.
David is the type of student who loves to do projects. He is good with his hands and is able to build and create very interesting things.
He built a working roller coaster in the classroom as well as created a “Hooverville,” which is a project modeled after the cardboard jungles that popped up around the United States during the Great Depression.
David also has a very admirable sense of fairness. It is important to him that people be treated fairly, even if it means he has to sacrifice for the other person to get what they need. He is truly a young man of integrity and character.
Outside school, David likes to play soccer, jump on the trampoline with his sisters, swim at his grandparents’ house and play at the park with his dog, Winnie.
Anthony is the son of Juanita Leason.
He was nominated for this honor not only because he is helpful and friendly to everyone, but because he has made great strides in being responsible.
Academically, he excels in his favorite subject, math, because he likes to use his reasoning skills.
He recently served as alternate for the fourth grade spelling team and also made a huge 30-point growth in reading on his NWEA tests.
Anthony’s family is very important to him. He has two brothers, Jai and Gabriel, and two dogs, Sarah and Pepper.
He also enjoys many activities, including building with Legos, playing DSI games or riding his bike.
Anthony also enjoys reading his No. 1 selection, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.”
Anthony would like to be a chef.
Perhaps he will create a new taste sensation from his two favorite foods, bacon and French fries.
Noemi, 15, is the daughter of Ricardo and Maria Sanchez. She has a sister, Cinthia, a DMS seventh grader.
She is in the Honors Club and is a big-time soccer player at mid-fielder and forward.
She enjoys cooking and plays tuba in band.
Her favorite class is with Mrs. Vide in algebra.
Noemi was nominated by Ms. Janet Hurlbert, her art teacher.
Mrs. Hurlbert remarked, “Noemi Sanchez is a pleasure to have in class. She is not only extremely smart, but extraordinarily talented. I have no doubt Noemi will be highly successful. It has been my pleasure and privilege to have her in my art class.”
Noemi would like to attend Western Michigan University, then medical school to become a doctor.
Ann, from Cathy Michealsen’s and Paula Barnes’ afternoon Inside Track class, is the third of David and Debbie Ironside’s children to attend the preschool program.
Her older sister, Miranda, and older brother, David III, Kincheloe April Citizen, attended Inside Track before entering kindergarten.
This year Miranda is in third grade and David is in fifth grade.
At school, Anna enjoys pouring and measuring rice in the rice table, playing with plastic shape pieces at stickees, making alphabet letters at Play Dough and pretending to be the mom making yummy cookies at house.
Outside, Anna enjoys playing on the slide and swinging on the swings.
At home, Anna takes turns playing board games with her sister, Miranda.
Her favorite game is Hungry, Hungry Hippos. Anna jumps on the trampoline with her brother, David, “because he makes it fun!”
Anna is a quiet leader in class and reminds her friends about classroom rules with a kind word.
She helps out with any job, but likes to be the symbol helper so she can talk with all of her friends.
Anna is very excited about being a kindergartner at Kincheloe in the fall because she can take her lunch to school.
Art teacher Dean Hill states, “I have known Martha Brito since she was an elementary student and was in my class during a summer program at Sister Lakes School. Since that time, Martha has taken many art classes at the high school and has done exceptional work in all of them. Although she is a quiet person, Martha is known by many students and teachers. She was a hard worker as an elementary student and she still is today.
“She is a determined student who has the work ethic to make sure things are done properly and in a timely manner. Martha is a great person to have in class because of her tenacity to get the job done and because she has such a friendly and kind personality. I have enjoyed having Martha in my class all of these years. I will miss her and I wish her good luck in the future.”
Martha is the daughter of Andres and Natalia Brito. She has nine siblings.