MEXICO – A lighthouse keeper cares for a lighthouse, which serves as an important navigation tool for people traveling via water.
At Mexico Elementary School, that water is the educational path of students in grades pre-kindergarten through four.
The lighthouse is the school and its keepers are the newly formed Student Lighthouse Team.
The group of 11 dignified second, third and fourth grade students proved to be successful in a total of five interview rounds.
Team members: Ally Rando, Jaelyn Mykietyn, Rocket Van Campen, Jaxson Ellis, Colton Kapas, Lily Taylor, Emma Belfield, Katelynn Horzempa, Gracie Wilson, Kacee Killam and Olivia DeStevens were selected because they demonstrated dependability, completion of class work, a strong work ethic, exemplary school citizenship, excellent attendance, good judgement, a comfortability with public speaking and the ability to demonstrate the seven Habits to other students.
Principal Robert Briggs shook hands with each Student Lighthouse Team member as they were introduced to the student body.
Mexico Elementary Student Lighthouse Team members are now tasked with planning the school’s annual Leadership Day, a Celebration of Learning Day and a plethora of additional happenings to improve the school’s sense of community.
The students will be guided by the Staff Lighthouse Team while using their personal leadership strengths to serve as role models for their peers.
Their advisors will be teachers Laurel von Holtz and Dolores Brooks.
Teaching assistant Lisa Buske, who organized the application process, said students who were not selected for the honor will receive a list of their strengths and potential areas of improvement so they can reapply for the 2018-19 school year.