During the December meeting of the Pamlico County Board of Education, Pamlico County Middle School (PCMS) student, Jayden Williams, and Pamlico County High School (PCHS) student, Meg Anderson, were recognized as the Oriental Rotary Students of the Month for their school. Each month, this recognition is bestowed upon students who exhibit scholastic achievement, leadership, honesty, community service, teamwork, and empathy, among other notable characteristics.
Sixth grader Jayden Williams was chosen for this award based on his strong work ethic, his motivation to learn, and his willingness to go above and beyond. Jayden has shown growth in all academic areas and has become a very confident and capable young man who has volunteered to take on extra classroom responsibilities. He is a positive leader in the classroom and is respected by teachers and peers alike. Teacher Ms. Maureen Prendergast stated, “I am very proud of Jayden and am pleased to nominate him for this award.”
Ms. Lois Moye, Mathematics Teacher, had this to say about Senior Meg Anderson. “Meg is an impressive student. She loves a challenge and shows determination, perseverance, and a desire to succeed. But as a person, Meg is one of the strongest leaders I have seen in many years. She is passionate about bettering herself, her classmates, her teammates and the clubs she leads. As the captain of the volleyball team, she is clearly the player who unites, supports and motivates her teammates. As the sponsor for the Beta Club, our honor/service society, I work directly with Meg, our club president. Again, her outstanding leadership qualities are evident. She has identified needs in our community, developed and organized monthly service projects for the year, appointed student representatives for each project and is mentoring these students toward fulfilling their role in each project. She is incredible.” Mr. Shawn Carawan, FFA Advisor, had this to add about her. “Meg is also the FFA president and very involved with the work of our organization. She encourages members to do their best at whatever they do. She is also very community service minded in all her clubs. For FFA, Meg had the idea of making benches to go in the playground behind Hardees.” As you can see, Meg is a truly exceptional student who is service oriented, academically driven, and desires to make a lasting difference in the lives of others school-wide and in her community.
Students are selected for the award based on the Rotary Four-Way Test, which has been used around the world since 1943. It states, “Of the things we think, say or do: 1) Is it the TRUTH?, 2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?, 3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?, and 4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?” To further commemorate this honor, the Rotary Club has placed a plaque in both schools which displays the name of each recipient of this prestigious award.
Pictured (left to right): Dr. Larry Gracie, Rotary Representative, and Jayden Williams.