OAKLAND — Messalonskee High School has announced its December Students of the Month.

The diversity of excellence among the Messalonskee High School student body took center stage just before the Christmas break as the school honored its December Student of the Month candidates in the Performing Arts Center. according to a news release from the school.

Freshman Reese Gardner, sophomore Logan Alexander, junior Toni Holz, senior Morgan Knowles, and Students’ Choice Award winner Dharani Singaram were acknowledged at a school assembly.

Gardner, for example, exhibits remarkable maturity for a freshman. Along with excelling academically, he represents his class as a member of the MHS leadership team and still finds time to compete on the Messalonskee basketball team. In addition, he has managed to develop strong relationships with students at all grade levels, according to the release.

Sophomore recipient Alexander is another one who balances multiple responsibilities successfully. Academics is a particular strength for her as she has maintained an A average in all her courses this semester. At the same time, she is a two-sport athlete as well as a student who makes a point to advocate for herself and seek clarification whenever she is not clear about a lesson or concept, according to the release.

For Holz, the junior winner, resilience is the quality that stands out. Despite facing a great deal of adversity in her life, she doesn’t hesitate to take challenging courses. Moreover, she has placed in both the shot put and discus in competing in the Junior Paralympics, according to the release.

Time management is clearly a strength for senior Knowles. She strives not just to complete all her assignments but to finish them before the actual due date. And she takes this approach to the classroom despite having to juggle her academic responsibilities with extracurricular and job commitments, according to the release.

Singaram, the Students’ Choice Award recipient, is quiet in demeanor but her accomplishments as a leader in the music department speak loud and clear about her efforts as a singer and mentor within the Messalonskee arts community. She also happens to be a gifted and hardworking student in the classroom, according to the release.

Finally, Messalonskee is once more well represented in the Mid-Maine Technical Center Student of the Month selections as Emma DiGirolamo (medical careers), Nathan Bacon (CTE Academy), and Nicolas Fontaine (criminal justice) received recognition, according to the release.

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