Some 28 students from Lee County were honored Nov. 21 in the Lee County Sheriff's Do The Right Thing awards ceremony.
Humanitarian concern, honesty, integrity, positive decision making and heroism were recognized during the ceremony.
The following students are from schools in Lehigh Acres and Alva:
- Michaela Barker, of Lehigh Acres, is a fifth-grader at Harns Marsh Elementary School.
Fifth-grade teacher Diane Walcher wrote, "Michaela is rising at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday to help her mother pass out water to participants in the Breast Cancer Awareness Run. She is missing our school's Fall Festival in order to do this. She is excited about helping the participants at the run. I am proud of her willingness to help others, even though she is not personally touched by the cause."
- Alycia Vasquez, of Lehigh Acres, is a sixth-grader at James Stephens International Academy.
Teacher Michelle O'Dea said, "A student's cellular telephone came up missing in class; in fact it was stolen. Alycia was able to recover it and took it upon herself to return the telephone to the rightful owner. Several students who had become aware of what she had done, began to make fun of her and bullying her choosing to do the right thing. Alycia was actually in tears all day because of the bullying she experienced. When she came to me to report all that had happened, I assured her that she did do the right thing, and to ignore these verbal attacks. However it was troubling to her that her peers had acted the way they did. I feel that she deserves this award to make a statement about her positive choices.
"Also this award makes a statement to those who bullied her that, not only that she did the right thing, but she had the inner strength to do so despite her peers tried to make her feel bad and do otherwise."
- Ra'Neshia Northern, of Lehigh Acres, is a sixth-grader at James Stephens International Academy.
Teacher Michelle O'Dea wrote, "Ra'Neshia is a very focused student. There was a situation in class where we needed answers and it appeared that no one would come forward and tell the truth. It was then that Ra'Neshia was the only one who stood up and was forthcoming with the truth. Other students were giving her a hard time about it. She did not care what her peers we saying about her. She did not give into peer pressure like the rest of her classmates did. I am so proud of Ra'Neshia and the mature decision she made in the classroom that day. She stands out above the rest and deserves to be honored."
- Jonathan Shay, of Alva, is a sophomore at Alternative Learning Center Central.
Principal Ruthie Lohmeyer wrote, "Jonathan came and told me that he saw someone draw inappropriate drawings on the gym wall. He was going to clean it himself, but we had to photograph it and investigate. Jonathan thank you for keeping our school of naughty drawings and gang graffiti."