Six students honored for MarchPublished 9:53pm Monday, April 22, 2013
Dowagiac Board of Education Monday night in the middle school cafeteria recognized the six March Students of the Month.
They are Rebecca Luth, one of the Top 10 graduates, Hesson Ayers of Dowagiac Middle School, Camron Przybylinski of Justus Gage Elementary School, Alaina Andersen of Patrick Hamilton Elementary School, William Smiechowski of Kincheloe Elementary School and David Napier of Sister Lakes Elementary School.
Camron, a fourth-grade student of Diane Hartsig, is known as a good listener, organized and responsible. He is a great example for his classmates because he is curious and loves to learn. Discovering new things in math is his favorite part of school.
From organizing desks to academic skills such as measuring angles, Camron enjoys helping others.
He is the son of Tom and Jane Przybylinski. His two older brothers are Jacob, 20, and Kalob, 13. Outside school, Camron enjoys playing basketball with his brothers.
When he grows up, Camron would like to be a scientist to learn more about how the human body works. As his teacher notes, the same skills and determination he shows in school will help him be successful in the future.
Fifth-grader David Napier is the son of David and Janel Napier. David has one brother, Johnathan, and two sisters, Caitlyn and Isabel.
David excels in music, physical education and art. He is polite, respectful to his teachers and fellow students.
His musical abilities include a wonderful singing voice, excellent ability at reading music and keeping a steady beat as well as a deep comprehension of music in relation to history and culture.
He is a role model in physical education. He shows a willingness to participate and good sportsmanship.
He produces quality artwork and is very respectful with art supplies.
Becca, daughter of Dale and Berit Luth, has three sisters and seven brothers.
Becca’s favorite classes are band and English. She likes writing fiction stories, reading and performing with the band. The one thing she dislikes is waking up early.
She has served as flute section leader for two years and been selected as a member of the Michigan Band and Orchestra Association District 6 honors band. She is also a National Honor Society member.
Outside school, Becca is a member of the tennis and cross country team and a member of Educational Talent Search and newspaper club. She will be attending Eastern Michigan University to study social work.
The sixth-grader, 12, is the daughter of Sue O’Brien and Richard Ayers. She lives with her mom, stepdad Tim O’Brien and brother Hunter, a DMS eighth-grader.
Outside school, Hessen is involved in acre-dance, which combines gymnastics and dance. She also likes to draw and paint. Her favorite subject is science because she likes to conduct experiments.
After high school, Hessen wants to attend college in New York and become a lawyer.
When asked why she was selected Student of the Month, Hessen replied she always tries her best, helps others and earns good grades.
She was nominated by Steve Mast, her English and Academy teacher.
Mast shared, “Hessen is conscientious, responsible, personable and an eager learner. She consistently demonstrates excellence in her classwork and is a positive peer role model with her kind and caring demeanor.
Alaina is a fourth-grader in Elaine Bansen’s classroom.
She has a twin brother, Dylan, and an older brother, Cody, who attends DMS.
Alaina was nominated by Donna Batty from library class and Karen Eckman from music class.
Alaina is known as a responsible and courteous student. She is very respectful of peers and teachers and willing to help with anything she is asked to do.
She enjoys singing and is a member of special chorus. She also enjoys gymnastics and cats and plays softball. Math is her favorite subject.
William is the son of Nicole Clark and grandson of James Ballew and Barbara Ann Warren. The fifth grader is a student in Chris Cox’s classroom.
An excellent role model in gym, he is kind toward others, helpful to classmates and always willing to lend a helping hand. He is a positive force in PE class and a team player.
William is also very musical, with a beautiful singing voice and a leader in the music room.