Hylen Souders Elementary School student Autumn Newman was recognized during last Thursday’s Big Walnut school board meeting as a Student of the Month.
Souders staff members said Autumn embodies all of the seven habits of a successful student on a daily basis. She is selfless, with a caring nature that’s in balance with a drive for success.
“Autumn is an extremely driven student,” said her teacher, Matt Wilson. “She always begins a project or assignment with the end in mind. She sets her goals and tries her best to accomplish them and then re-evaluates her goals. She is proactive when dealing with conflict or difficult situations and always finds something positive to focus on.”
Wilson said Autumn’s priorities are aligned with her beliefs, and that comes from a strong supporting cast at home.
“Autumn’s optimism on school and life will carry her far throughout her education and in years far beyond,” Wilson said. “She makes friends with ease and is always willing to help others without being asked. She has a humble confidence that many wish to aspire.”
Autumn is the daughter of Tim and Barbi Newman. She has two sisters, Alyssa and Alexis, who are currently attending Kent State and Miami universities. Her hobbies include art, helping others, being with family and friends, and dancing.
Autumn said she specifically enjoys playing Secret Santa because of the joy it brings to others. She stays busy with volleyball, basketball and art club, and is a member of the STARS (Serving Those Around our Region and School) Club. Her favorite subject is math.
Autumn has won a number of basketball championships, a dance competition when she was younger, and was recognized with the “Having People’s Back” award on her volleyball.
Autumn said she wants to rescue sea turtles and pandas when she grows up.
“If I was able to create a new species, I would call it a purtle or a tanda,” Autumn said. “I’ve given that a lot of thought.”
Autumn has created a quote of her own that she wanted people to hear: “Fly like the tortoise you are” — because she said “it’s always good to be unique in your own special ways, and we should appreciate our differences.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093