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Students of the Month

Lamp

Salem-Liberty

Elementary

Salem-Liberty Elementary School names September Students of the Month

Mrs. Stephanie Fobes, kindergarten – Zoey Hindel.

Mrs. Amy Kilburn, first grade – Luke Fouss.

Feick

Mrs. Lisa Blain, second grade – Emri Nicholson.

Miss Lynette Stengel, third grade – Devin Myers.

Mrs. Emily Schilling, fourth grade – Gary Cody.

Mrs. Kelly Hendrix, fifth grade – Alyssa Kirkbride.

Mrs. Ericka Schneider, sixth grade – Zavier Springer.

Izaguirre

PAX Leader Awards (Respect, Caring, Trust Fairness, Responsibility, Citizenship)

Kindergarten – Hank Fouss.

First grade – Kaleb Miller.

Second grade – Marshall Davis.

Third grade – Jessica Mendenhall.

Fourth grade – Madison Trent.

Fifth grade – Macy Merrow.

Sixth grade – Kallie Boley.

Belpre High School

Belpre High School announces their October Students of the Month.

Morgan Lamp is the granddaughter of Brenda Lamp and Joyce McCoy. She is a varsity cheerleader and is a September BHS Number One Club Member for the charater trait “respect.” After graduation Morgan plans to attend college.

Walker Feick is the son of Christina Feick and Jason Feick. He is a varsity football and track letterman. He is a member of the BHS Number One Club, National Honor Society, and Aero. After graduation he plans to attend college and continue to play football and then join the military.

Washington State

Community College

Washington State Community College’s (WSCC) newest Student of the Month, Harmony Izaguirre, got her higher education start as an adult learner.

Izaguirre spent much of her life performing minimum wage, manual labor jobs. “That was good enough, when it was just me,” she said. Her perception, however, changed when she had children. “I wanted a better life for them and to be a better role model. How could I express the importance of a good education when I didn’t possess one myself?”

Determined to be a model for her kids to emulate, she enrolled at a four-year college. However, beyond knowing she was interested in science, she found herself still perplexed as to what her end goal should be. It wasn’t until Izaguirre had a year of college under her belt that she learned about the career Medical Laboratory Technician. Izaguirre confessed it was a job she didn’t even know existed.

Once she learned that the best Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program was at Washington State, the Parkersburg resident took advantage of the school’s reciprocity, which provides in-state tuition to residents of twelve W.Va. counties, and wasted no time enrolling.

As a mom, a wife, and a student, Izaguirre is always performing a balancing act. Yet her success is the product of hard work and determination. “I am the first one there and one of the last to leave,” she said. When a hand is raised in class, whether it’s to ask a question or to volunteer, it’s usually Izaguirre. “The first step to being brave is to be vulnerable,” she said. The 42-year-old admitted she hasn’t always had the confidence she has in herself today, however, instilled in her since childhood was the mindset to always be the best you can be. “I take pride in everything that I do,” she said.

On her journey to be the best MLT, she has included her classmates because she has no plans to enjoy her success alone. She’s established study techniques that benefit the whole class, including chat and study groups and quiz games. She said she did this in an effort to create comradery within the class because, “I believe if you fall in a circle there are more hands to catch you.”

Furthermore, in an attempt to maintain the learning momentum she started, she’s reached out to the first-year MLT students and shared her strategies and encouraged them to pay it forward to next year’s new class. “They’re using my ideas,” she said.. “I am so proud of them.”

While Izaguirre set out to be an example for her small children at home, it’s the role she finds herself in with her classmates, serving as a mentor to fellow MLT students. And while she’s happy to provide the support others may need, she’s quick to point out that she equally benefits because, “teaching others is one of the steps of mastering it myself.”

Izaguirre is set to graduate next spring and plans to earn her bachelor’s degree. For other adults considering college, Izaguirre said, “Success starts with believing in yourself in spite of your fears. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I look forward to the days that I’m falling apart and a crying hot mess. Those are the days that motivate me. Those days will teach you, that you are smarter than you know, that you can do this, and that you are worth it. Then, just let them try and stop you!”

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