‘Celebrating Success’ students are honored at meeting of Switzerland County School Board


The Switzerland County School Board held its November meeting on Monday night, and again the school board honored students from each of the four buildings as the “Celebrating Success” winners for the month.

Students are nominated by a teacher in the building; and one winner is then selected from those nominations by the building principal. Students and parents are then invited to the school board meeting; where each student is recognized and receives a pin of appreciation from the school board.

This month’s winners include:

– Second grader Kaitlyn Lustig was honored from Switzerland County Elementary School. She was nominated by teacher Tammy Gregory, and the nomination was approved by principal Mike Jones.

In her letter of recommendation, Tammy Gregory wrote:

“I would like to nominate Katie Lustig for ‘Celebrate Success’. Katie is seven years old and a second grader in my class.

“Katie is a very sweet and kind-hearted child. This is evident in the community service project that she developed and initiated with the help of her parents, Janelle and Steve Lustig. Katie loves horses, and a man at her church drew her a beautiful picture of a horse. She noticed the man’s eyes were red and asked him about them. He said that he needed glasses, but could not afford them. So Katie decided to raise the money for him to get glasses.

“She has been doing this by selling giant chocolate chip cookies for $1 at various functions. Katie has collected over $100, but her goal is to collect $300.

“I was so overwhelmed by Katie’s thoughtfulness and kindness for another human being. Many adults could learn from this seven year old’s example.”

– This month’s honoree from Jefferson-Craig Elementary School was fifth grader Charlie Reynolds. He was nominated by teachers Larry Gault and Konna Padgett, and the nomination was approved by principal Dr. Elizabeth Jones.

In the letter or recommendation, the teachers wrote:

“Charlie was born with a hereditary disease that continues to affect him and his family. In spite of the difficulties, Charlie, a fifth grader, decided that he wanted to run cross country with the middle school. He attended every practice and ran in every meet in which he was eligible. Charlie has yet to win a race, but he has consistently improved. Charlie cut his running time by eight minutes.

“Charlie has a wonderful outlook on life. He is always positive and fun to be around. Charlie works hard and wants to do well. He has perfect attendance and in on the A-B Honor Roll. Charlie won second place in the American Legion Veterans Day essay contest.”

– Switzerland County Middle School eighth grader Ashley Miller was this month’s “Celebrating Success” student from her school. She was nominated by teacher Brian Ford, and the nomination was approved by principal Nancy Stearns.

In his letter of recommendation, Brian Ford wrote:

“I would like to nominate eighth grader Ashley Miller for our ‘Celebrate Success’ student. She exhibits all of the positive characteristics that we wish for all young people to exhibit.

“She is a model student. She is conscientious, trusting, caring, and diligent in her efforts. She has shown the desire to strive for excellence in her school and extracurricular activities.”

– This month’s nominee from Switzerland County High School was freshman Brandon Arnoldy. He was nominated by teacher Sunshine Hartwell, and the nomination was approved by principal Candis Haskell.

In her letter of nomination, Sunshine Hartwell wrote:

“Brandon Arnoldy is being nominated for his superior behavior in the classroom. Brandon is a good example for courteous and respectful behavior; and is consistent with the quality and being on time with his work. He is also a member of the band, and represents our school with pride.”