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Rising Arrow award winners named for second nine weeks


Second nine weeks Rising Arrow award winners


Clinton Public School District

Dr. Tim Martin, Superintendent

(601) 924-7533

Media contact: Sandi Beason, APR




CLINTON — Clinton school district leaders recognized Rising Arrow student award winners for the second nine weeks.


“We began this award to recognize students who demonstrate integrity and good character,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “They help others in need, both at school and in their community. They are kind to others. They do the right thing without being asked, only because it’s the right thing to do. The Rising Arrow award is a way to say thank you for being good people, and not just good students.”


The Rising Arrow award is given to one student per school per nine weeks period. Teachers and staff nominate students who show integrity, good character and who are helping and encouraging others around them.


The Clinton School Board members recognized students this week at the January meeting. Award recipients received gifts from Chick-fil-A and Fuzzy’s Taco.


Winners include:


  • Clinton Park Elementary, first-grader Embree Reeves

“Embree has the biggest heart. She is always thinking about others before herself. She has really grown and matured in such a short time. She is constantly working hard at home and at school to create things for others. She is always thinking about ways to help friends who are sad. She has mentioned to me several times how she wants to help her dad’s friend who is sick. She truly cares about school as well. She always makes sure she is doing what is asked of her. I cannot say enough about how much Embree impresses me daily.”


  • Northside Elementary, second-grader Janae Sinclair

“Janae exhibits excellence in all areas of life. In the short time I’ve taught Janae, I’ve seen her work so hard toward achievement in areas that many of my other students find extremely challenging. Janae will tackle it with tenacity and positivity and encourage others along the way emoting words of praise and affirmation to her peers. I am so proud of her and the quality of character traits and leadership skills she shows each day. Janae Sinclair embodies the traits of a Rising Arrow.

As far as the life skills I personally each, Janae excels in social and emotional empathy. She is supportive and sensitive toward others and longs to see the success of her peers. When communicating, Janae clearly expresses her ideas in genuine and kind ways. She shows concern for the way she shares information so that everyone understands and is not easily offended. Janae is creative. She does not look at a task as too difficult to achieve, but as a challenge to stimulate her mind to further her learning.


  • Eastside Elementary, fifth-grader Zack Robinson-Kelly

“Zack is above average in academics, hard worker and very helpful to students who are in ELL program and need extra time and peer tutoring. He shows patience and guidance with classmates. He has a positive attitude and is eager to be helpful.”


  • Lovett Elementary, sixth-grader Phillip Burchfield

“Phillip Burchfield is an active sixth grader at Lovett Elementary. He has fantastic behavior and citizenship at school. He is a model student and wants to make his teachers proud. His attitude toward school and peers is very positive and light-hearted. He is never negative or down. Every day he greets and departs his teachers with a smile. Phillip’s peers trust that he will be supportive and encouraging of their efforts. He is always willing to participate and help in any way possible. Outside of school, Phillip enjoys playing select baseball as a first baseman. In that position he has to be very alert and make quick decisions, which is reflective in school also.”


  • Clinton Junior High, seventh-grader Zaccheus Laury

Zaccheus was nominated by coach David Duke for most improved average in Math. He always has a positive attitude and comes in ready to learn each day.


  • Sumner Hill Junior High, ninth-grader Sherry Lin

“Sherry Lin is a joy to teach. She always has such a positive attitude no matter the day. She has proven to be someone who is kind, thoughtful and sincere. She treats everyone she encounters with respect and takes the initiative to help others without being asked. She is every teacher’s dream.”


  • Clinton High School, 10th grader Marcus Hardy

“On a daily basis I see Marcus doing good deeds for his CHS classmates. Every morning and afternoon he holds one of the doors open for his classmates to enter and exit the building. I’ve seen him picking up trash in the halls and outside without being asked. Marcus models what a caring CHS student should look like.”