The annual Rock Island-Milan School District #41 “Medal of Honor” Banquet was held on Thursday, May 18 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Rock Island.
Each year, students are nominated by each schools faculty based on several criteria: makes the most of his/her talents; makes others a priority and demonstrates this by helping without being asked; volunteers his/her time, energy and talents to the school; has a consistently positive attitude; exhibits a good sense of humor; respects himself/herself and others; is honest; demonstrates commitment and responsibility through good work habits, attendance, discipline and on-time behavior; and listens to the needs and concerns of others.
“These students are RIMSD’s best of the best,” said Superintendent Dr. Oberhaus. “They are a positive force in our district and their influence in our schools make each building a better place for others to learn and grow.”
2017 Medal of Honor recipients:
Denkmann Elementary Erica Bell, Jack DeLeu, Ethan Smithson, Ahston Unley
Earl Hanson Elementary Loiyan Bamah-Jackson, MaKylie Carey, Paw She Htoo, Natalie Pothoven
Eugene Field Elementary Cade Barnes, Vaida Gunasheva, Kaiya McKinley, Avery Voigt
Frances Willard Elementary Aiyanna Lacey, Nee Pui, Egan Westmorland
Longfellow Liberal Arts Nevaeh Bellamy, Julissa Mendoza Perez, Emma Stout
Ridgewood Elementary Lauren Gant, Tommy Honeycutt, Nelie Ninahazwe
Rock Island Academy Jazmin Lopez, Pembe Luwara, Aline Niyogusenga, Eh Lay Kler Soe
R.I. Center for Math & Science A’Keyla Brown, Quinci Bumgarner, Nate Gottcent, Alivia Stanley
Thomas Jefferson Elementary Alicia Dennison, Bailey Hecker, Lexi Moncada, Natalee Smith
Edison Junior High Calvin Banks, Emily Bush, Ian Hussey, Ravon “Juice” Johnson Taylor
Washington Junior High Itangishatse Bujeni, Dylan Johnson, Jonathan Knuth, Abbie Roos
Rock Island High School Eehan Akram, Asrielle Allen, Alexandra Axup, Camryn Comodore, Htoo Doh, Cade Green, Paw Hare, Deasia Hickman, Ellie Hoeper, Pearson Kerchner, Paw Kaw Ku, Nichimwe Magrethe, Paige Porter, Ruby Storm, Austin Trask