Three Medora students recognized during board meeting

MEDORA — Three Medora High School students became the first recipients of a newly created program recognizing those who are responsible, empathetic and determined.

For their efforts, the Hornets of the Month for August, senior Johnny Moore, junior Aaralyn Hackney and seventh-grader Josie Bowers, were treated to lunch at Medora Café, received a certificate and were honored during Monday’s school board meeting.

Kara Hunt, the junior-senior high school principal who created the program, said the three were chosen by their teachers.

Special education teacher Mindy Autry wrote in her nomination of Moore that he amazes her.

“Instead of complaining about bad things that have happened to him, he has chosen to overcome them and be a better person,” she wrote. “He is always polite and considerate. I just love getting to see and interact with him.”

Computer science teacher Riley Morris said Moore is one of the most polite and respectful students he has met.

“He never fails to check in to see how his classmates and I are doing,” Morris wrote.

Math teacher Kyle Derheimer said Moore is a hard worker and exhibits a lot of determination in his geometry class.

“I also appreciate his unchanging positive attitude toward school, even when he is struggling,” Derheimer wrote. “He always asks for help and puts forth the effort to learn the material.”

Morris said Hackney is hardworking and honest and has a wonderful attitude and sense of humor.

“Aaralyn is putting a lot of work and effort into geometry class, and it has really paid off,” Derheimer wrote. “She is one of the top students in my class this year. Beyond the classroom, she has volunteered her time to help out with junior high volleyball practices and in my opinion has been vital to their success.”

Science teacher Leah Young said Bowers puts 100% effort in everything.

“She always volunteers to read or answer questions,” Young wrote. “She also helps her classmates when they need it. She is a rock star.”

Morris said Bowers is honestly a perfect student all the way around.

“She listens, always shows her work and goes out of her way to help her classmates who are struggling,” Morris said.