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LCSO honors students at awards ceremony

October 20, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Humanitarian concern, honesty, integrity, positive decision making and heroism were recognized today (Oct. 20) during the Lee County Sheriff's Office's "Do The Right Thing" awards ceremony.

Each month throughout the school year, the LCSO will honor the positive actions of the community's students through the student recognition program. The goal is to reinforce positive behavior among youths and to establish students as role models for their peers.

The local students honored included:

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- Keven Aulet, of Cape Coral, a 12th-grader at Cape Coral High School

- Maverik Espinal, of Fort Myers, a 10th-grader at Dunbar High School

- Veronica Govea, of Fort Myers, a 10th-grader at Lehigh Senior High School

- Dalissi Nunez-Guevara, of Fort Myers, a ninth-grader at Riverdale High School

- Dario Ruiz Morales, of Fort Myers, a 10th-grader at Dunbar High School

- Mia Ruiz, of Fort Myers, a seventh-grader at Oak Hammock Middle School

Oak Hammock Middle School SRO Cpl. Ranju George wrote, "These students assisted the Red Cross, Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Oak Hammock Middle School staff, by serving the public, before, during and after Hurricane Irma. Oak Hammock Middle School was an evacuation shelter. They all helped out in many ways, as needed, that included translating from Spanish to English, working in the kitchen, food service, cleaning up and manning the front office at the school. I greatly appreciated these students for stepping up and serving others. Their long hours of helping made a big difference in the lives of hundreds of families at the shelter."

- Jose Camis, of Lehigh Acres, a seventh-grader at Oak Hammock Middle School

Oak Hammock Middle School teacher Lisa Richardson wrote, "Jose was in the school cafeteria when he noticed that another student was upset. He immediately asked what was the problem and discovered that the student had accidentally dropped her expensive cellular telephone in a garbage can during lunch. To make matters worse, the student was unsure which of the many cans contained it. Jose sprung in to action and began digging through the trash cans. He eventually located the telephone. Jose's actions reflect a deep concern for others and sense of helpfulness."

- Mary Jean Bowensky, of Lehigh Acres, a sixth-grader at Oak Hammock Middle School

Oak Hammock Middle School teacher Mike Harney wrote, "A new student was lost in the school cafeteria and did not know where his next class was located. Mary came up while administration was attempting to help and volunteered her assistance. She ended up taking the new student to where he needed to be. It was a very caring, thoughtful and selfless act."

- Rebecca Gonzalez, of Lehigh Acres, an eighth-grader at Oak Hammock Middle School

Oak Hammock Middle School teacher Angeline Boyce wrote, "Rebecca found a wad of money on the ground at school and immediately turned it in to her teacher. She also made sure that the teacher knew where she had found it. She was concerned that it be reunited with it's owner. Her actions reflect honesty and integrity."

- Rhimaya Jiro, of Lehigh Acres, a fifth-grader at G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School

G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School SRO Deputy Brad Weich wrote, "Rhimaya reported a potentially dangerous situation on the campus of her school. Other students at the school were aware of this situation, but Rhimaya had the courage to step forward and do the right thing, report the situation to her teacher. It was because of Rhimaya's decision that school administration and the school resource officer were able to deal with the incident safely. Rhimaya should be commended for awareness and her commitment to keeping her school safe."

- Ky'Mari Kennedy, of Lehigh Acres, a third-grader at James Stephens International Academy

James Stephens International Academy teacher Jaquesha Hood wrote, "Kymari is a respectful student. She is always willing to help other students. She completely came out of her 'shy' shell and has become a shining leader. She always completes her homework and class tasks. She asks questions. She is great listener. She is always on task. I am so happy to have her in my classroom and see her make growth in social and academic areas. She is a student who should be recognized for doing the right thing when no one is watching."

- Katrina Ludwig, of Fort Myers, a fourth-grader at River Hall Elementary School

River Hall Elementary School counselor Eric Conceicao wrote, "One morning as students made their way into the school building and headed for their classrooms, a student dropped a fifty dollar bill on the floor in a high traffic area. The bill could easily have been picked up and carried off by a less conscientious student, yet Katrina rushed to help, becoming a positive influence on the school environment. Without hesitation, she picked up the bill and hurried to the student who had lost it as she quickly made her way to class. This positive act of selflessness contributes to a supportive and caring school atmosphere in which strong morals and sense of community are held in high regard. Katrina is a shining example of a positive role-model for her peers, and I am honored to nominate her for the Do The Right Thing program."

- Rocio Martinez, of Lehigh Acres, a fifth-grader at Tortuga Preserve Elementary School

Tortuga Preserve Elementary School teacher Cayla Frogge wrote, "Rocio is one of the most helpful students I have ever had. Every morning before class begins, she volunteers in a kindergarten classroom getting the student's binders ready, helping the students with their breakfast, and practices with them sight words. She also helps in the media center as much as possible. In addition to her leadership she is kind to everyone she meets. Rocio is the epitome of a great student."

- Lena McCullers, of Alva, a ninth-grader at Riverdale High School

Riverdale High School SRO Deputy Jevon Matthews wrote, "Lena located a valuable item that another student reported lost and immediately turned the it in to me. Thanks to Lena's honesty and integrity, the item was returned to its rightful owner. Lena should be recognized for doing the right thing."

- Derrick Leon Moultry Jr., of Lehigh Acres, an eighth-grader at Harns Marsh Middle School

Harns Marsh Middle School SRO Cpl. William Radauscher wrote, "Derrick found an expensive cellular telephone in the hallway at school and did the right thing by immediately turning it in to a teacher. Through Derrick's efforts the telephone was reunited to the rightful owner. His actions reflect honesty and integrity."

- Latravion Pritchard, of Lehigh Acres, a seventh-grader at Harns Marsh Middle School

Harns Marsh Middle School counselor Kylie Liddle wrote, "A fight broke out in our cafeteria and Latravion did not hesitate to try to break the boys up and get them to stop fighting."

- Laharris Tillman, of Lehigh Acres, an eighth-grader at Harns Marsh Middle School

Harns Marsh Middle School counselor Kylie Liddle wrote, "Laharris saw that one of his friends was about to make a bad decision and fight someone. So he got up, from where he was seated, and stood in front of his friend and blocked him from fighting."

- Harry Toussaint, of Lehigh Acres, a third-grader at Tortuga Preserve Elementary School

Tortuga Preserve Elementary School teacher Tim Gleason wrote, "I have had the opportunity to know and watch Harry grow the last few school years. Recently I have witnessed Harry become a great helper to his peers as well as myself. While in our school's aftercare program, he is the first to offer help to other students whether it's sharing his school supplies, helping on the computer or assisting with clean-up in the cafeteria. He reminds others of the rules and helps others make good choices. I am very proud of the young gentleman Harry is becoming."

- Avery Valdez, of Lehigh Acres, an eighth-grader at Harns Marsh Middle School

Harns Marsh Middle School SRO Cpl. William Radauscher wrote, "Avery found an expensive cellular telephone in the bathroom at school and did the right thing by immediately turning it in to a teacher. Through Avery's efforts the telephone was reunited to the rightful owner. His actions reflect honesty and integrity."

 
 

 

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