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‘Do the Right Thing’ award winners for November

‘Do the Right Thing’ award winners chosen for November

Every day in our schools, there are students who set themselves apart by doing things that make a difference in the lives of others.  They do these things without expecting anything in return. 
These students are recognized by The Gaston Gazette’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ program.  In partnership with Gaston County Schools, The Gazette honors a student at each school level every month from October through April. 
The program brings attention to students who distinguish themselves by their actions whether big or small.  From organizing a fundraiser or a food drive to holding open the door for students on their way to class, these exemplary students make sure that their classmates and others are cared for and treated well.
The students’ attitudes, accomplishments, and efforts make them stand out as positive role models for others, and faculty and staff are always sure to take notice.  The information about each ‘Do the Right Thing’ winner is provided by the principal. 
Here are the profiles for our ‘Do the Right Thing’ award winners for November 2022:

Cora Sisk, Costner Elementary
Elementary School Winner
Cora Sisk
Costner Elementary School
Parents: Kala and Caleb Sisk
Fourth grader Cora Sisk goes above and beyond to see that all of her peers are included.  Cora gives extra effort to make sure one of her classmates, who is physically limited, is never left out.  She takes the necessary equipment out to recess and plays with her friend every single day.  She has never been asked to do this, but she made the decision on her own to ensure that every student always feels like an important part of the class.  You couldn’t ask for a better friend! 

Brynn Craig, Rankin Elementary
Elementary School Winner
Brynn Craig
Rankin Elementary School
Parents: Ben Craig and Natalie Davis
Brynn Craig, a second grader, is a great student and a great friend to her peers.  She works hard to be successful and to help others.  Brynn recently noticed that another student needed help during math, and without disrupting the class or getting off task, she went over to help him.  Later, when that same student didn’t have a partner to talk with about the math problems, she made sure she included him in her group. Brynn sets a great example for other students to follow.

Christian Burnett, Friday Middle School
Middle School Winner
Christian Burnett
W.C. Friday Middle School
Parent: Janisha Adams

Christian Burnett knows what it means to be a leader.  A seventh grader in the Leadership Academy at W.C. Friday, Christian recently noticed that some students had left behind a mess during lunch.  Without being asked to do so, he cleaned up the trash and threw it away.  He wasn’t expecting praise for cleaning up after others, but he did the right thing when he thought no one was watching.  Christian is a good student and leader, who cares about his school.

MJ Ferguson
High School Winner
Tamija “MJ” Ferguson
Stuart W. Cramer High School
Parent: Nashayla Reid
Tenth grader Tamija “MJ” Ferguson has decided to change his ways.  While MJ used to consider himself “the class clown,” he will tell you now that he realizes he wants to make better decisions and have a positive influence on the people around him.  MJ has really matured this year, and he is a kind, witty, and thoughtful student.  Serving as a mentor to a group of ninth graders, MJ wants to advocate for others and motivate them to do better like he has learned to do. 
Congratulations to our ‘Do the Right Thing’ award winners!