Posted Date: 05/31/2019
A few chosen Royster Middle School students received some end-of-the-year awards due to their empathy and compassion, ability to continue trying when life gets tough, and for their good citizenship.
Three students, one from each grade level, were awarded the school’s Peacemaker Award. The award is given to someone who is kind to everyone, respectful to all, makes a great effort to include others, and often goes above and beyond for community service projects, RMS Counselor Jennifer Inbody said.
Chosen as this year’s Peacemakers were sixth grader Macie Moore, seventh grader Ava Campbell and eighth grader Kamri Naff.
“Macie is always thinking of others,” said one teacher. “I can always count on her to do the right thing and set positive examples.”
Another said that “Macie is a true Peacemaker in the classroom and outside of it. (She) is always willing to help me out with errands and activities, works well with every student in the room and is constantly smiling and making other students laugh.”
Teachers talked about Ava’s ability to reach out to everyone.
“She will work with anyone I choose to put her with and is always kind and supportive to everyone,” said one teacher.
“Ava is the type of student that will see a person being left out and make a point to include them,” said another. “Middle school has a lot of ‘peer groups’ that don't branch out from one another. However, Ava doesn't limit her friend group to the same people she's always (known). She befriends anybody in the classroom and treats everybody equally.”
Kamri’s “school spirit shines through with everything she does, and she encourages others to get involved and promote Royster in a positive way,” said one of Royster’s teachers.
She isn’t afraid to speak up when someone is being picked on, said another.
“I have never experienced kindness in the way Kamri shows it. She is truly aware of all people around her and what they might need.”
She has a keen awareness of nuances and boundaries.
“Her smile and her laughter can brighten anyone's day, and she truly has empathy. She works hard to include others in a way they feel supported and not awkward. It is my honor and privilege to learn from her.
As recipients of this award, each Peacemaker is given $50 to donate to an organization of their choice.
The Presidential Achievement Award goes to eighth graders who have faced great adversity, either personally, academically or medically, and overcome those hardships in a positive way. With this award, Royster wants to “recognize and celebrate what they have overcome and the person they are,” Inbody said.
Receiving the award this year were eighth graders Michael Lynaugh and Chandler Angleton.
Michael’s perseverance to improve his behavior and academics caught the attention of the Royster staff as they watched him grow from a sixth grader to an eighth grader.
One teacher said that Michael “strives to get better every day. We are proud of what Michael has overcome and look forward to seeing him grow and improve.”
Ms. Vogel said that Michael demonstrated that growth in computer class. By the end of the semester, “he was excellent at runnning a computer, his typing improved and he made some amazing coding projects.”
Chandler was described as very easy going, yet determined. He sets a goal and works his hardest to accomplish it. Along the way, he shows kindness and consideration to those around him. He encourages others and lets people know he cares.
“I am so excited to watch this young man follow his path, forge new paths and reach his goals,” wrote a teacher.
Royster faculty cast ballots for an eighth grade boy and girl who were nominated for the school’s citizenship award, based on Royster Rocket characteristics of being respectful, responsible and kind. This year the award went to Rawley Chard and Tyra Bogle.