By Ashley Renowden
The Apache Junction Unified School District and the Elks Club recognize two students that are doing exceptionally well by making them student of the month. These students are recognized at the school board meeting and get their picture in the paper. It is a high honor.
However, teachers at Cactus Canyon Junior High know that there are more than two CCJH students that deserve to be recognized each month. Recently, some teams began to choose students of the week to give outstanding Cougars the recognition they deserve.
Teams recognize students differently. The 8B team, for example, selects a “Fab Four” each week and hangs photos and information in their building. The 8C team only chooses one student per week and posts his or her picture on the CCJH Web site.
“Each team of teachers selects anywhere from one to four students a couple of times each month,” said Bethany Myers.
One thing is universal, though. Students that are doing well in class, making improvements, or showing “Cougar Character” are those who will be recognized.
Eighth-grade student Kelsey Martinez was one of the first four people chosen to be on the Fab Four.
“I was pretty shocked,” said Martinez. “ I wasn’t really sure why they took a picture of me in the first place, until they announced it (that) week.”
“I earned it by helping the teacher out whenever I could, sitting quietly and paying attention in class,” said Martinez. “I got the award from Mrs. Phifer, my language arts teacher.”