PARIS — The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills has announced the January Students of the Month at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.

Students for January are Matthew Surette, freshman; Ashley Atwood, sophomore; Cassy Surrette, junior; and Katy Emerson, senior.

Each month, high school staff members nominate students who they feel have “made a difference in their classroom.” The goal of the program is to reward teamwork, positive behavior, extra effort and good student citizenship.

The program is coordinated through the Oxford Hills Community Education Exchange and is part of the character education curriculum at the high school. The nomination form lists character traits from which to choose when nominating students and explaining why that particular student exhibits those traits.

These four students were praised for their positive influence on their classmates by showing compassion and maturity, personal responsibility, determination and motivation and exceptional character.

This is the 11th year of the Rotary Club of Oxford Hills sponsorship of the Student of the Month Program. Maureen Howard, director of the Education Exchange, coordinates the program.

The students’ names and picture have been placed on a plaque that hangs in the hallway across from the school library. On Jan. 5 they were honored at a Rotary breakfast. In addition, the students had “lunch with the principal.”

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