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Students of the Month: Integrity…Story by Rey Frank

As of recent, the students of the month for February were announced. Coleman Vaughn, Christian Alcaraz, Davan Gilmore, Jenna Wade, and Ryjan Newton were awarded for having the trait of integrity. Yet, what exactly defines integrity?  The majority of online sources will state it as something similar to “the quality or state of being honest and having strong moral principles” (Cambridge).

Students of Integrity… Four out of the five students of the month are seen next to the iconic FBCS mural. Photo by Rey Frank.
Students of Integrity… Four out of the five students of the month are seen next to the iconic FBCS mural. Photo by Rey Frank.

While this is true, it only describes a portion of what it means to have integrity.  After interviewing students of the month Coleman and Davan, the larger meaning of this word was uncovered.

According to Coleman, the quality describes “somebody who is strong and can stand up to different things or stand up for certain things.”  Thus, a more accurate description of integrity includes when you are also actively defending the moral standards you stand by. When I interviewed Davan, she mentioned another important component of this trait. Davan explains that when you have integrity, you are willing to stand up for yourself. Quoting her, “integrity means to never let others push you down or to let something or anyone hold you back from doing one’s best.”

Because students with integrity have the strength to fight for justice, they are also willing to accept when they are in the wrong. They are compelled to seek fairness in both good and bad circumstances, which makes them very down-to-earth. Rooted in the power of morality, a person with integrity does not cheat their

Word! Integrity is such a dynamic one, how do you describe it? With multiple definitions is how you do. Photo by Rey Frank.
Word! Integrity is such a dynamic one, how do you describe it? With multiple definitions is how you do. Photo by Rey Frank.

way to success, but fights for it. In fact, Coleman, Jenna, and Ryjan were all nominated on the account of owning up to their actions.

Their honesty has helped them get recognized in their academic lives, but they have also seen it positively affect their personal lives. For Davan, she has seen it improve her conversation skills, as well as in raising her confidence. This brings us to the human interaction element of integrity. Within this largely expanding definition, we should note how important it is to have integrity when communicating with other people. The impact it has in a conversation can be momentous, as it can help you form a respectable and sincere personage.

In summary, we have delved into combining all the various definitions of integrity and found that its definition is: the quality or state of being honest and having strong moral principles, which you defend in addition to standing up for yourself. It defines a trait of someone who seeks justice served, regardless of whether or not it is in favor of them. Thus, they use integrity when they are communicating with others, as they see the value in not creating hasty complications.  Here at FBCS, we have seen six students excel at being all of the above. They are honest, understanding, and brave, and we congratulate and applaud them on their remarkable behavior.

October Student of the Month Story By: Natalie Faris

This month Tiberius Olsen, Brianna Abbey, Noah Cordle, Juliet Harrison, Leah Roth, Lauren Roth, Briana Stefani, Gage Johnson, and John Christman started their day with a pleasant surprise of being awarded student of the month for their positive depositions.

Students at FBCS have been awarded for their positive personalities in class. Photo by: Mind and Mentality
Students at FBCS have been awarded for their positive personalities in class. Photo by: Mind and Mentality

“My initial reaction was surprise, I mean I didn’t expect to get called on stage that morning!” Said Leah Roth, describing what she felt that morning. Her words seem to speak for all of the other awarded students. Across the board, there were reactions of surprise and excitement.

The Student of the Month award was based on the idea of the Kuddos Kids awards, but it grew when the Vaugh family donated the student of the month board in honor of Mr. Goodwin.  “At the end of the school year, the staff member were contemplating what the award should honor. We felt that Mr. Goodwin would have liked the focus to be on positive traits since he so often spoke of the importance of educating the entire student. The teachers brainstormed a list of positive traits that they wanted to honor.” Says Mary Jensen.

The students that were rewarded for positivity gave much affirmation about the idea of basing it on personality rather than academics.  “While it doesn’t acknowledge us academically, it does showcase the things that people may not notice if they can’t look passed your grades … I think that people have forgotten that while your grade may show what you’re learning in class, it doesn’t showcase who you are as a person.” Said Morgan Morse

“Positivity is very important to daily life it can make even the darkest days better if you can keep your eyes on a brighter more positive future.” Said Noah Cordle. Each of the students saw that positivity effected their lives in a beneficial way. “Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.” – Huffington Post

So it is evident that positivity not only is beneficial to students who practice it, but is also scientifically proven to help different parts of your life. But how can you have a positive attitude? The receivers of the student of the month award have some advice for how to stay positive.

The students of the month give their insight to how to stay positive. Photo By:Workplace Positivity
The students of the month give their insight to how to stay positive. Photo By:Workplace Positivity

“Just do what feels right, and always keep your chin up. Although you may be feeling down about something, keep smiling and try to remember that your mood, whether you believe so or not, does affect the people around you.” – Morgan Morse

“Yea, just think of the good things in life and don’t let anyone get in the way of your positivity” – Tiberius Olsen

“Think about things that bring a smile to your face no matter what or think about something you’re looking forward to.” – Brianna Abbey

“Yes smile through pain, laugh in agony, and tell jokes in the depression and surround yourself with people that make you happy.” – Noah Cordle

“I think the best way to be more positive is to try and help others feel happy. I know that probably sounds really cliche, but it’s true! If my best friend is sad, I won’t stop until she/he is happy again.” – Leah Roth