The Newcomerstown Middle School has announced the January Students of the Month.

Sixth-grader Caitlin Green was nominated by her teachers as January Student of the Month because she is an exemplary student and role model for her peers to follow. She is kind, thoughtful, and considerate of others. In the classroom, she always works hard and uses her intelligence to help her classmates. Her teachers are very proud of her! Caitlin, daughter of Ryan and Christie Green, enjoys drawing, reading, pole vaulting, dancing and participating in 4-H in her spare time. Her favorite class this year is ELA because she loves to read and write, and if she were the NMS principal, she would have a big dodge ball tournament for the entire school on Fridays. Some fun facts about Caitlin are that she has three pets -- a puppy named Zoey and two goats, Duke and Delilah; her favorite meal is cheeseburger soup; the last movie she watched was Max; her all-time favorite book is The Land of Stories; her favorite celebrity is Taylor Swift; she feels her strengths include being thoughtful of others and being a hard worker; she has a fear of spiders; she doesn't feel could live without her puppy; and if she were invisible, she would scare people. Caitlin believes her biggest achievement so far has been running a 5K race in 24 minutes and 19 seconds, and the best advice she's received came from her mom, who told her, "Be nice to everyone, no matter what." In the future, Caitlin hopes to graduate from college to become an Art teacher.

Kaitlyn Sanders, seventh grade daughter of Rich and Beth Sanders, was chosen by her teachers as their January Student of the Month because she is a great student. Her teachers thoroughly enjoy having her in their classes, and appreciate that she arrives to class on time with a pleasant, cooperative attitude. For instance, during the recent Biztown experience, she was agreeable when she had to work at a job that she didn't necessarily want. In groups, she doesn't hesitate to take on a leadership role to help work out issues in the best interest of the group. Kaitlyn's favorite class this year is history because she loves learning about the past, and some of her hobbies/extracurricular activities include playing volleyball and basketball, listening to music, and playing PS4.

If she were principal at NMS, she would let kids use their phones more often, and would also allow gum chewing. Some fun facts about Kaitlyn include that she has four pets -- dogs named Princess, Harlee and Buddy, and a cat named Happy; her favorite meal is pizza; the last movie she saw was Alvin and the Chipmunks:The Road Chip; her all-time favorite book is Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian; her favorite celebrity is Logan Lerman; she feels her strengths are school and sports; her worst fear is snakes; she doesn't feel she could survive without her phone; and if invisible, she would try to freak out people. Kaitlyn feels her biggest achievement so far has been to be a starting player on both her volleyball and basketball teams her seventh grade year, and she credits her mom for giving her the best advice she's received, which was "Never give up on your dreams." In the future, Kaitlyn plans to attend college to become a teacher of either history or ELA.

The eighth grade teachers have chosen Madison (Maddie) Fish for their January Student of the Month because she is such a great example for her fellow students. She challenges herself daily to be her best, and routinely participates in class. Maddie is a leader by example in the classroom as well as during the multitude of extracurricular activities in which she is involved. She also currently serves as president for her eighth grade class, and the National Junior Honor Society. Maddie, daughter of Lee and Tonya Fish, feels her strengths are that she has been gifted musically and athletically, and lists band as her favorite class because she loves learning and playing new music.

Some of her hobbies and extracurricular activities include playing softball, basketball, and volleyball (on the NMS team and Junior Olympic), and playing her trumpet, ukelele and piano. Maddie thinks the best things about Newcomerstown Middle School this year are being able to have Spanish class and band. So far, she feels her greatest accomplishment has been catching every game, every single tournament (except for two) with her softball team. The best advice she's received thus far came from her mom, who told her, "Happiness depends on happenings, joy depends on Jesus." In the future, Maddie plans to become a doctor, or a teacher.