By Ken Steadman
The first May meeting was reserved by the Fairfield Glade Lions Club to honor this year’s “Students of the Month” and their families. Nine of the 10 students were able to attend. Dakota Tillman, from The Phoenix School, was unable to attend because of prior commitments. Dakota was selected and honored for the month of April.
There was a full house of Lion members and guests in attendance. Retiring Director of Schools, Aarona Van Winkle was the guest speaker. She presented an inspiring video of a motivational speaker for the benefit of all to hear. She also took part in presenting engraved plaques to all the “Students of the Month” for a lasting memory of the month they were selected. The following is a list of the student, their high school and the special month of their selection:
Student School Month
Landon Crawford CCHS August 2012
Emily Morgan SMHS September 2012
Cemre Chadwick CCHS October 2012
Kyle Gibson SMHS November 2012
Whitney Sheffield The Phoenix School December 2012
Fiona Retzer CCHS January 2013
Jackie Hamby SMHS February 2013
Kaleb Goss CCHS March 2013
Dakota Tillman The Phoenix School April 2013
Trenton Campbell SMHS May 2013
Also in attendance were families of the students and their high school counselors. In addition, the new Director of Schools, Donald Andrews, was on hand to compliment the Lions for the “Student of the Month” Program and congratulate the students for their selection.
Each student was introduced with his or her family members and photos were taken to remember the occasion. “Student of the Month” Lion Chairman, Bob Cover, added his pride in being a part of this program and wished the students great success in their futures. Each student has the opportunity to apply for a part of the $6,000 Special Lion Scholarship Program. A committee of Lion members and the school counselors review the applications and select the winners. Winners are announced at their graduation ceremony.
The Lions “Student of the Month” Program has been an on going event for many years in the Cumberland County School System. It started with only Cumberland County High School with 10 students. It changed to include Stone Memorial High School when they opened with five students from each school. It now includes The Phoenix School with two students and four from CCHS and SMHS. Lion Program Chairman, Bob Cover, commented, “ I wish we could include more students in the selection but we have limits. There are many outstanding young people in our school system that requires recognition. We wish them much success in their desired fields and futures.”