Students honored by school board for ‘Celebrating Success’


The Switzerland County School Board held its October 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.

This month’s winners include:

– The student from Jefferson-Craig Elementary School was Madeline Jordan. She is in the fifth grade, and was nominated by principal Dr. Elizabeth Jones.

In her letter of recommendation, Dr. Jones wrote:

“This year Madeline sold 78 candles in our PTO fundraiser. Every year since kindergarten, Madeline has sold well over 50 candles per year. In six years, Madeline has sold over 350 candles. The candle sale money is used to pay for field trips, so numerous children were able to go on field trips, in part, because of Madeline’s efforts.

“Madeline is an A-B Honor Student. She has excellent attendance; her current attendance rate is 98.7-percent. She is a member of the Principal’s Club and the Drama Club.

“Currently Madeline is heading a school project which will supply shoes for the children of Haiti.”

– Samantha Christerson was October’s “Celebrating Success” student from Switzerland County Elementary School. She is a fourth grader, and was nominated by teacher Rhonda Scott; and that nomination was approved by principal Mike Jones.

In her letter of recommendation, Rhonda Scott wrote:

“Samantha Christerson is one of my fourth grade students that I would like to nominate for our “Celebrate Success” program.

“Samantha is a conscientious, responsible scholar. She endeavors to exemplify perseverance, good citizenship, kindness, and a willingness to help others. Samantha participates in sports, and is also learning to play an instrument in Mr. Ward’s school band program.

“I feel proud to say Samantha will definitely be a successful and productive citizen of Switzerland County someday.”

– At Switzerland County High School, this month’s winner was Leslie Johnson. A sophomore, she was nominated by high school principal Candis Haskell.

In her letter of nomination, Principal Haskell wrote:

“In addition to her continuing success at Switzerland County High School as a top 10 student, a member of various school clubs/organizations, and an active participant of the track team, Leslie excels outside the boundaries of our community, our state, and our nation.

“Chosen as a member of the People to People Student Ambassador Program started by President Eisenhower, Leslie represented our school and community in Australia this summer. In order to be a participant of the program, an interview process is required, along with meetings and projects due once a month.

“The trip to Australia was Leslie’s first experience within the People to People Student Ambassador Program, and proved to be not only educational, but extremely rewarding on a personal level.

“We congratulate Leslie and her motivation to pursue such an opportunity and especially her success in representing us in Australia.”

– The October nominee from Switzerland County Middle School was not able to attend Monday’s meeting, and will be honored next month at the school board meeting.