September Winners | 2014

Abbey Engelmann

Ste. Genevieve Middle School
Ste. Genevieve R-II School District

Abbey Engelmann was helping to recruit Girl Scouts at the Back to School Fair. All the students in attendance were entered into a “shopping spree” raffle and Abbey was one of the two winners. When Abbey made it home, she told her mom she was not supposed to be the winner. They were able to contact the representative from Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, who organized the raffle, and asked if she could give the shopping spree to another recipient. Abbey generously donated her shopping spree to another student, allowing them to go shopping with a doctor in her place. So today we honor Abbey Engelmann for doing the right thing!

Thanks to her kindness and generosity, another student benefited. Amy Rowland, who nominated her, stated, “We are proud of Abbey for thinking of others before herself and this is why we think Abbey is a great example of students who Do The Right Thing.” You really are a great example Abbey! We are so proud of you!

Caitlyn Epps

Union School
Belleville School District 118

Caitlyn Epps has shown her teachers that she is a very honest person. In the short time since school has started this year, she has been honest in a variety of ways. Caitlyn’s class uses bathroom passes, and her teacher accidently gave Caitlyn an extra pass. Instead of keeping it, Caitlyn turned it in to the teacher, when she knew the teacher didn’t realize she had the extra one. Caitlyn also admitted to her teacher her cell phone was not off, as school rules state. She admitted she felt her phone vibrate while packing up at the end of the day and asked if she could turn it off. In such a short time frame Caitlyn has impressed her teacher with her honesty! So today we honor Caitlyn Epps for doing the right thing.

Thanks to her honesty and responsible ways, her teacher knows she can trust Caitlyn to do the right thing! Ms. Tanya Herkenhoff, who nominated Caitlyn, stated, “Caitlyn has proven to have great character in only 3 days of school. I really appreciate her honesty. I am so proud to nominate her for Do The Right Thing!” We are so glad to have you nominated, Caitlyn; you really do the right thing!

Lucas Greer and Matthew Greer

Cassens Elementary School
Edwardsville District 7

Lucas and Matthew Greer were outside when they headed to a neighbor’s house to play. When they made it to their neighbor’s house, they found another friend in the backyard unconscious. The two boys jumped into action! They were able to get their friend’s parent and they had their mother call 911 to get their friend help! These two were able to help their friend while he was having a medical emergency. So today we honor Lucas and Matthew Greer for doing the right thing.

Thanks to their bravery and fast response, their friend was safe! Chris Bersett, who nominated Lucas and Matthew, stated, “Their speedy response saved the young boy’s life as medical attention was received just in time. In confronting a stressful situation, they were able to think clearly and Do the Right Thing!” That is wonderful Lucas and Matthew; we are so proud of you both!

Abby Pyles

Zion Lutheran School
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod – Southern Illinois District

When Abby Pyles celebrated her birthday, she didn’t want a party or any birthday gifts; she wanted a cure to help her great-aunt Debbie beat cancer. Abby’s great-aunt is diagnosed with cancer and Abby feels that if enough money is raised, they may be able to find a cure to help her great-aunt through this illness. Instead of thinking of herself for her birthday, she thought of someone she loves and requested people donate money for cancer patients! So today we honor Abby Pyles for doing the right thing!

Thanks to her compassion and generosity, she has helped in the fight to find a cure for cancer. Ms. Mary Amann, who nominated her, stated, “Abby was so thoughtful. Abby raised over $2000 and presented the money to the Siteman Cancer Center for her birthday gift!” We are so proud of you, Abby! Congratulations!

Xavier Moore and Zach Thompson

Ste. Genevieve Middle School
Ste. Genevieve R-II School District

Xavier Moore and Zach Thompson were having lunch at school when their Principal, Mr. Taylor, came up and asked Zach if he knew another student. Zach looked around for the student and saw that he was alone and looked a little sad. Without another word from the Principal, Zach picked up his tray and told Xavier to come along. The two went over without hesitation and spent the entire lunch period talking and interacting with the other student. So today we honor Xavier Moore and Zach Thompson for doing the right thing!

Thanks to their act of kindness and caring, they were able to help another student when needed most. Mr. Paul Taylor, the Principal who nominated them, stated, “Zach and Xavier made this student feel included, which is so important, especially at the Middle School level at the start of a new school year. We are proud of these two young men for helping this student when he needed them. This is why we feel that Zach and Xavier are doing the right thing.” We agree Xavier and Zach! You are so kind!  Keep it up!

Sharde Robinson

Mehlville School District

Sharde Robinson is a stand up student and a stand up citizen. At school, another student’s cell phone was taken. Sharde didn’t stand for it; she witnessed another student hide the phone, and she did something about it. Sharde not only retrieved the phone from the hiding place, she took it to the school principal. Sharde then identified the other student responsible for the theft to the administrators. So today we honor Sharde Robinson for doing the right thing.

Thanks to Sharde’s honesty and action, another student has their property and another student can face the consequences for their actions. Mr. Ryan Boyd, who nominated Sharde, stated, “Sharde helped solve a problem, and has potentially deterred future acts of theft within our school.” We are proud of you Sharde! Please, keep it up!

Emily Rosenblum

Holt High School
Wentzville R-IV School District

Emily Rosenblum–remember that name as it seems she does everything! Emily volunteers much of her time teaching others about emergency preparedness. Emily is on the National Youth Preparedness Council for FEMA and was just appointed as the National Chairman. Emily is also an exceptional student and is on the A+ honor roll and is a National Honor Society officer at her school. And if that isn’t enough, she is an Officer in her Venturing Crew. So because of all of that, today we honor Emily Rosenblum for doing the right thing!

Thanks to her concern and generosity of her time, she has made a positive impact on her country, her school, and those around her! Ms. Doris Clark, who nominated Emily, stated, “Emily is an amazing young lady! She is a devoted, caring and loving person. If anyone deserves this award, it is Emily!” We think so too, Emily. Thanks for doing the right thing!

Layla Smith

Jefferson Elementary School
Belleville School District 118

Layla Smith is a great second grader! She was in her classroom when she found some money, a whole dollar bill! Did she sneak it in her back pack or her pocket? Oh, no, not Layla. She turned it in to the teacher without a second thought. Because Layla was honest, the student who lost the money had it returned. So today we honor Layla Smith for doing the right thing!

Thanks to her honesty and trustworthiness, her classroom is even more awesome. Ms. Jeanne Swain, who nominated her, stated, “Layla showed honesty. If she hadn’t turned in the dollar, the other child wouldn’t have had lunch money!” We are so proud of you Layla!  Thanks for being a great friend and an honest young lady!

Melaney White

Hillsboro Junior High School
Hillsboro R-3 School District

Melaney White was at school and found herself in the gym when she hit a “jackpot.” There on the floor was a $20 dollar bill. Just thinking about all the things one could buy for $20 didn’t cross her mind. Melaney quickly turned the money in to Coach Tucker so the money could be returned to its rightful owner. So today we honor Melaney White for doing the right thing!

Thanks to her conviction and honesty, she has made her school a wonderful place. Ms. Kathy Tucker, who nominated her, stated, “We really appreciate Melaney’s honesty and responsibility; she truly shows what it means to be a Hillsboro Junior High Hawk!” We are proud of you, too, Melaney! Keep up the good work.

Jordyn Witkus

Henry Raab Elementary School
Belleville School District 118

Jordyn Witkus is a great classmate. One of her classmates had a sprained ankle, and Jordyn came to her rescue! Without begin told to, or having someone ask her to assist, Jordyn took it upon herself to help her classmate in this time of need. Jordyn went out of her way to help her classmate up and down the stairs to their classroom and in the hallways. So today we honor Jordyn Witkus for doing the right thing!

Thanks to her kindness and friendship, she has made school easier for her classmate. Ms. Susan Altadonna, who nominated her, stated, “Jordyn’s kind and caring nature, along with her willingness to help, made this classmate’s time with a sprained ankle much easier! We are very proud of her!” We agree, Jordyn! Thanks for being such a great friend!