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LCSO honors students at monthly ceremony

May 1, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Humanitarian concern, honesty, integrity, positive decision making and heroism were recognized recently during the Lee County Sheriff's Office's "Do The Right Thing" Awards Ceremony.

Each month throughout the 2012-13 school year, the LCSO honors the positive actions of the community's students through the "Do The Right Thing" Student Recognition Program.

The goal of "Do The Right Thing" is to reinforce positive behavior among youths and to establish students as role models for their peers.

"Do The Right Thing" partners law enforcement, local government, the business and Lee County educational community together in an effort to make a lasting positive impact on our community's young adults.

Local students included:

- Mariah Lott, of Lehigh Acres, is a sixth-grade student at Alva Middle School.

Alva Middle School language arts/reading teacher Barry Jenkins wrote, "Another student was completely off task one day and behind the teacher's back was doing rather vulgar things. This particular student is also known for trying to bully the other children, so the entire class was afraid to say anything to the teacher. All were offended by the student and yet the action continued. The student would even ball up his fist in a threat to anyone who even looked like they might tell. When the teacher noticed the uncomfortable atmosphere in the room, he asked the class to explain the matter. There was dead silence. Then this one very brave young lady, Mariah Lott, marched up to the desk and discreetly whispered into the teachers' ear what was going on. Her bravery was contagious. Once the culprit had been removed from the classroom, the entire class began to share what had happened. The teacher was able to take the next appropriate actions. The incident could have escalated into a much worse situation had it not been for the bravery of this one young lady and her strong sense of right and wrong."

- Mercedes Gamez, of Lehigh Acres, is a seventh-grade student at Harns Marsh Middle School.

Harns Marsh Middle School SRO Deputy Tricia Aponte wrote, "Mercedes is a student whose life has changed for the better. She has matured as a responsible young lady. She consistently looks for ways to keep our school safe. She has a helpful, caring and kind attitude. At Harns Marsh Middle School, she has helped new students, by welcoming them; showing them around the campus and helping them adjust socially. Mercedes has also displayed courage and has made a huge difference by doing the right thing."

- Jonathan Bray, of Lehigh Acres, is a seventh-grade student at James Stephens International Academy.

James Stephens International Academy reading teacher Suzanna Donaldson wrote, "Jonathan has shown excellent leadership and good role modeling qualities throughout the school year. He is an excellent help to other students by working with them or giving items he has won in class. Jonathan has shown consistency in his good character traits."

The others winners were:

- Alysa Wasil-Mornston, of North Fort Myers, is a third-grade student at Dr. Carrie D. Robinson Littleton Elementary School.

- Christopher Perez, of North Fort Myers, is a fifth-grade student at J. Colin English Elementary School.

- Robert Midget, of North Fort Myers, is a fifth-grade student at Bayshore Elementary School.

- Sadye Sandifer, of North Fort, is a second-grade student at Bayshore Elementary School.

- Asheem Chisholm, of Cape Coral, is a fifth-grade student at Skyline Elementary School.

- Katelynn Colon, of Cape Coral, is a fifth-grade student at Summit Christian School.

- Madison Logan, of Fort Myers, is a fourth-grade student at Noonan Academy.

- Joshua Leon, of Cape Coral, is an eighth-grade student at Mariner Middle School.

- Jason Edwards Jr., of Cape Coral, is an eighth-grade student at Mariner Middle School.

- Antonio Brana, of Cape Coral, is an eighth-grade student at Mariner Middle School.

- Daniel Murcio, of Cape Coral, is a seventh-grade student at Mariner Middle School.

- Luis Brana, of Cape Coral, is a sixth-grade student at Mariner Middle School.

- Cody Ballard, of North Fort Myers, is an eighth-grade student at Mariner Middle School.

- Jessica Green, of Cape Coral, is an eighth-grade student at Trafalgar Middle School.

- Jos Lima, of Cape Coral, is an eighth-grade student at Trafalgar Middle School.

- Antonio Hernandez, of Fort Myers, is an eighth-grade student at Oak Hammock Middle School.

- Alan Orozco, of Fort Myers, is a seventh-grade student at Oak Hammock Middle School.

- Jonathan Canul, of Fort Myers, is an eighth-grade student at Oak Hammock Middle School.

- Nathanial Marrero, of North Fort Myers, is a sixth-grade student at Diplomat Middle School.

- Matthew Walters, of Cape Coral, is a seventh-grade student at Diplomat Middle School.

- Cody Carlson, of Fort Myers, is a 10th-grade student at Alternative Learning Center - Central.

- Joseph Rosales, of North Fort Myers, is an 11th-grade Student at Island Coast High School.

 
 

 

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