Monday, August 10, 2020


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    GCMS, HMK Students of the Month

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    Eighth Grade Student of the Month

    Rayce Walling

    Rayce Walling is the school’s choice for the eighth grade class, according to GCMS. The son of Jimmy and Amy Walling, Rayce is “a student who quietly and competently gets down to business and accomplishes everything he needs to do,” said the school. “He steadily goes about all his work and is a good example for those around him.

    “Rayce takes great pride in the work he does and that shows. In class discussions, Rayce gives thoughtful comments that show his own understanding and adds insight to everyone.”
    According to the school, “Rayce is a member of the Honor Society and not only is he a great student but he is a lot of fun, and boy, can he ever do back flips! We appreciate and would like to congratulate Rayce. “

    Rayce’s favorite places are Mexico and Iowa. He loves to play sports, especially soccer. His favorite classes are History and Science.

    Rayce’s advice: “Stay on top of your work.”

    Seventh Grade Student of the Month

    Louraina Minor

    Louraina Minor is the daughter of Ken and Lourae Minor. “Louraina was chosen by her teachers for multiple reasons: She’s helpful to both her teachers and her peers, she takes the initiative in all her classes, she shows motivation, and her smile always brightens anyone’s day.

    “Louraina is a hard worker, never hesitating to join in class discussions. She makes a great recipient for the student of the month award. Congratulations, Louraina!”

    Minor likes to read. She plays both the flute and the piano. She plays in the school band. Her favorite class is English. She likes to swim. At one point, she had 24 cats!

    Minor’s Advice: “Being kind gets you more friends than enemies.”

    Helen M. Knight Student of the Month

    Sixth grader Legacy Blake, the daughter of Lucas and Shadie Blake, is HMK Elementary School’s March student of the month.

    “Amazing grit and determination are characteristics that come to mind when thinking of Legacy Blake,” said a school representative in an email. “Legacy puts so much time and effort into her assignments because she always wants to do her best.

    “She perseveres by remaining focused on whatever assignment she is tackling. In addition, Legacy goes above and beyond what is required and she is always willing to help others … she is a great role model for students and adults.”

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