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Edison 8th-graders named students of month

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jun 8, 2019 at 6:00 AM

BERLIN HEIGHTS — Edison Middle School staff members have named the students of the month for March through May.

Eighth-grade students Troy Rutherford was honored for March, Ciera Barnicle for April and Julianna Burnham for May.

Rutherford is the son of Kevin and Bree, of Collins. Edison staff members, in their nomination, said he “stands out as a leader amongst his peers” and is known for his hard work, determination, good manners and contagious enthusiasm in the classroom and athletics.

“Additionally, he maintains solid grades while balancing a heavy extra-curricular schedule that includes football, basketball and track. Troy also has a part-time weekend job which allows him to save for his education beyond high school,” faculty members wrote.

“Simply put, Troy knows how to do the right thing, whether it is helping out a classmate, cheering on a teammate or just quietly serving as a role model for others. He leads by example and I am quite certain he will continue to do so throughout his school years and into adulthood.”

Barnicle is the daughter of Eric and Staci, of Milan. Faculty members said she “is an awesome student who makes teaching fun and enjoyable” and is known for always smiling, her positive attitude and being polite to everybody.

“She starts the day off with a smile and ends the day with a smile. … This happiness rubs off on anybody who works (with her), talks (to her) or is just near her,” staff members wrote in their nomination. 

“Ciera works hard in all of her classes. She constantly tries her best on all activities, experiments and assignments. When trying to figure out an experiment during science class, she works diligently until the answer to the problem is found. She never gets frustrated. Ciera has confidence in her abilities, which tells her that she can figure out and complete the task at hand.”

Her extra-curricular activities include: Volleyball, track, cheerleading, a volleyball club and tumbling. 

“I am sure that her positive, happy attitude helps to make everyone work together as a team with the confidence to do their best,” staff members wrote. “Ciera is an awesome student who always works hard and tries her best with an awesome attitude. These qualities will definitely take her far in life.”

Burnham is the daughter of Joseph Burnham and Iliana Lopez. Edison teachers said they would need to give Julianna Burnham an apple — the traditional gift for educators — since she is a “homegrown apple for sure.” Her family owns Burnham Orchards outside of Berlin Heights.

“Julianna is a pleasure to have in class as she works hard and is an excellent role model for other students,” said faulty members

“Writing answers to extended response questions is not the most enjoyable task for many students. Julianna’s extended response answers are wonderfully written. Not only does she answer the question, but she provides thoughts and facts to create an awesome answer. She applies this same work ethic to all (of her) classwork. Julianna definitely puts forth 110-percent effort all of the time.”

Known for being respectful and courteous to everyone plus excelling in extra-curricular activities as well as in the classroom, Burnham has “characteristics that provide a positive role model for other students to follow,” her teachers said. “In this ever-changing world, positive role models like Julianna are so very welcome. … Julianna is an asset to the teams for her positive attitude and giving 110-percent effort.”

During the fall she played soccer and was a member of the track team in the spring. Burnham also is an active member of the United Church of Christ in Berlin Heights and in 4-H.

“Julianna is definitely a very hard working, positive (and) well-respected student in our school and community,” her teachers said.

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