Each month, CCA recognizes one 8th grade student and one 7th grade student as Students of the Month. Last month, teachers nominated 8th grader Hannah and 7th grader Collette as outstanding students of their class.
When Hannah learned that she had been chosen as Student of the Month, she was shocked. She had heard that it was given to a student who has shown exceptional growth in her classes. She didn't think the teachers had recognized her hard work, but she was wrong. Over the years, Hannah has learned to open up to her teachers by asking them questions--key ingredients for a successful school year.
Hannah believes that education is an essential component for a better future. "It helps you build life skills that you couldn't get anywhere else." When she grows up, she wants to be a psychologist because she wants to help people who are struggling through hard times. "Some people don't know how to go through hard experiences, and I want to be there for them," Hannah said. This passion carries over to her family life as well, as she enjoys spending time with her younger siblings and helping them be successful in their education.
Our other driven-student is a 7th grader named Collette. Collette felt happy when she heard that she was the new Student of the Month. She works hard in her classes, and, personally, I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award. When asked about her education, Collette mentioned the rigor that CCA offers its students. "I was the top of my class at my last school, but now I have to work hard to keep up." During her interview, she expressed her gratitude to be at CCA.
Collette said she was inspired by her parents. Both her mom and dad have worked hard to raise their four children while maintaining lucrative careers. Collette is the youngest of her siblings, but this doesn't prevent her from seeing the payoff of a strong work ethic and determined attitude. When Collette grows up, she wants to be either an architect or a bio-technician. Near the end of our interview, she left me with some words of wisdom, exactly what I would expect from a Student of the Month: "Strive for practice, not perfection," she said.
Congratulations, ladies! Keep up the great work!