Kiwanis Terrific Kids from North Marion Middle School
JENNIFER MIRANDA LICONA
Jennifer Miranda Licona, 12, daughter of Nicolas Miranda and Herminia Licona and sister to Daniel, is in the sixth grade.
Her favorite classes and activities are humanities, math, art, Heart and Soul, soccer and chess.
Her future goals are to go to college and become a doctor, perhaps doing physical therapy, as well as travel to Mexico and around the world.
Her teacher said, "Jennifer is an outstanding student, a good friend to classmates and an overall noteworthy steward of our school. Jennifer comes to class prepared and ready to learn. She has a quiet manner about her, but she often checks in to clarify questions she has about the work being done in class. Jennifer sets a high standard for classwork, always going above and beyond to make sure her work is correct, neat and thorough. It is with great pleasure that I recognize Jennifer for the Kiwanis award."
Abigail Kirkbride, 13, daughter of Heather and Douglas Kirkbride and sister to Allison, is in the seventh grade.
Abigail loves to read and really enjoys humanities class. She is fascinated by the history and culture of foreign countries and enjoys debating politics.
Abigail wants to be very successful in school so that she can eventually get a good job. What she would like to do after high school is to get into a good college with the goal of studying biology and veterinary medicine.
Her teacher wrote, "Abigail is a complete joy to have in the classroom. She loves to learn new things and brings to the classroom a vast store of knowledge. I can count on Abby to encourage in-depth class discussions that motivate others to want to learn more. I enjoy her awesome sense of humor and willingness to delve completely into curriculum as she strives for excellence in everything she does. It is a pleasure having Abigail in humanities class and inspiring to witness her new discoveries and interactions with other students."
Amy Gonzalez, 14, daughter of Sarai and Elias Gonzalez and sister to Elias Jr. and Erick, is in the eighth grade.
Amy's favorite activities include drawing and basketball. She also likes visiting her cousins and playing with her dog.
Amy said she will probably study to be a veterinarian.
Her teacher wrote the following: "Amy is an exceptionally focused and persistent student who is gifted in art. She quietly does what is asked and goes above and beyond in her daily work, striving for excellence. She has a calming effect on people around her. She is a kind, helpful student who we as an eighth-grade staff see going above and beyond in making North Marion a better place."