May Warriors of the Month

May Warriors of the Month
Posted on 06/07/2019
Erwin High School continued to recognize students and faculty as part of the new Warrior of the Month program in March. Sponsored by PBIS, Warrior of the Month recognizes four students, one from each grade level and one member of the staff as finalists, followed by one winner from each grade level and one staff member for being excellent examples of a specific character trait in our school. For May, that trait was excellence.

12th Grade
Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan

Erwin is a diverse school, yet most students look for something familiar and comfortable when choosing a seat in the lunchroom, the classroom, the bus. This student could care less who he sits near and will treat anyone as a good friend no matter who they are or where they're from. Someone asked how to pronounce "Leicester" (usually sparking debate), and this local boy just said, "It don't matter- 'Lester, Lee-sayce-ter.... it just depends on what side of the road you're on. Everybody knows what you mean." And just like that, three different groups of students looked at each other and smiled, nodding acceptingly. His easy demeanor is evident with every interaction I've ever seen him in, and he knows how to include anyone and make them feel like they're old friends. He's a great representative for humans, let alone Erwin High School, and we're glad to know him.

Other finalists for 12th grade were: Dulce Chavez, Jackson Gouge, Blake Shackelford, and Deandre Whitaker.

11th Grade
Briana Short

Briana Short

This student has worked extremely hard to improve her skills and push past her comfort zone. She is one of the most reliable students I have ever taught. If there is a task that needs to be done, I can always count on her to execute it with fidelity. This semester she has opened up a lot and has worked to overcome some of her own personal struggles with depression and anxiety. Knowing this was a huge struggle for this student, she has really surprised me this year. I know she may be silently struggling, but in class, she doesn't let it show. She sets an example for her peers, participating ALWAYS and exhibiting a positive attitude. She doesn't have the easiest life outside of school, but she works to overcome obstacles and demonstrate excellence in everything she does. She is a loyal member of JROTC and pursues a personal interest in reading and writing. On a speech assignment we did, she went above and beyond by incorporating interviews with students and staff. She was the first to finish this assignment, practicing and presenting with confidence. During her lunch time or free time in class, she helps me with organizing papers, my desk, and my bookshelf. We are so proud of her progress, and she deserves recognition for excellence in behavior and academics.

Other finalists for 11th grade were: Skylar Honeycutt, Jada McKinney, Shamila Patino-Alvarez, and Vita Stupak.

10th Grade
Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez

She epitomizes excellence by giving her best effort every day in my classroom. If I'm lecturing, she has her head up and she's paying attention. If we're doing a lab, she's carefully reading the procedures to make sure it's performed correctly. If she's working independently, she stays on task. When I've assigned projects, hers always far exceeds my expectations. In addition, she's earned straight A's in every class this year and hasn't missed more than 5 days in any of her classes. But, when you interact with her, it becomes clear that grades aren't her main concern. She seems to genuinely care about learning. She exemplifies all elements of PRIDE.

Other finalists for 10th grade were: Christian Barrera, Melissa Bugarin, Minty Pattarapuwadon, and Belen Ramos.

9th Grade
Eric Felipe

Eric Felipe

This student just came back to the US, and has been pushing himself towards excellence since his first day in the building. He is kind, patient, and studious, but also genuinely curious about how to be a better person, how best to help others, how to prepare for anything that might come his way. We are all really glad we have him here at this school.

Other finalists for 9th grade were: Iris Rivas, Christopher Wallace, Avery Wells, and Mercedes Wilkins.

Staff
Donna Meadows

Donna Meadows

Donna has served Erwin for the last 19 years in a number of different positions. She always has a positive attitude, knows everyone’s names, and does everything she can to help anyone who needs it. She is retiring at the end of this school year and we would like to publicly thank her for all the work she has put in and her dedication to this school and the community. She will be greatly missed and we wish her the best on her new adventure.

Other finalists for staff were: Abbey Hessling, Shelly Roeder, Kami Silver, and David Sulzman.

Warrior of the Month will return with a revamped system in the 2019-2020 school year!