Hannah Griffith BW Board Student of Month for May

By Gary Henery

May 14, 2014

Hannah Griffith, a senior at Big Walnut High School, was honored as the Big Walnut Board of Education Student of the Month for May at the Thursday, May 8, School Board meeting.

Hannah is the daughter of Lori and Scott Griffith. She has two siblings, an older brother Jason who graduated from BWHS in 2012 and a younger sister, Haley, who is an eighth-grade student at Big Walnut Intermediate School.

In addition to being named Student of the Month, Hannah has also recognized with the Atlas Butler Strength and Service Award.

“It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know Hannah this year,” said BWHS Counselor Stephanie Ruark. “At the risk of sounding juvenile, she is genuinely one of the “coolest” students with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working. She has on multiple occasions brought me into her passion, her future world … her classroom as a history teacher.”

Ruark said she would glow just talking about her future.

“The props and outfits she would incorporate into the inspirational lessons she would plan … she would just glow talking about it,” Ruark continued. “That’s what’s special about Hannah — her radiance makes everyone around her glow as well. She’s funny, smart and beautifully optimistic.”

Ruark added that Hannah is an ideal leader and role model for her fellow students.

“Hannah is the kind of leader and role model I know so many girls in our school look up to, and the kind of young women I can only hope my own daughter will emulate some day.”

BWHS Principal Jeff Jones said Hannah has two amazing character traits … a spirit of kindness and an outgoing personality.

“Hannah has an unparalleled spirit of kindness that is only matched by her outgoing personality. In combination, these two character traits make for a dynamic young person we are proud to have in our building,” he said. “It is amazing to watch her interact with people, adult and peer alike, as she always leaves that person better than when she started the conversation.”

Jones said Hannah has the ability to talk with people and give them a true sense that she is interested in what they have to say.

“This is a rare quality that she possesses — the ability to look outside of herself in a conversation.This type of maturity is great for our building as she sets an example that everyone can follow and attempt to emulate.”

Hannah is very active at BWHS from serving as an office worker to participating in both indoor and outdoor track as a member of Joe Evener’s Golden Eagle girls indoor and outdoor track teams.

She is active in drama productions, an Eagles First Flight Mentor, a member of the German Club, an Anti-Bully Campaign member, Writing Club president for two years, made voice announcements during 2012-13 school year, a school office worker and a secretary at Noah’s Ark Learning Center.