Big Walnut Intermediate School fifth grade student Sophia Spangler was recognized as a student of the Month during the Thursday, April 20, meeting of the Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education.
Sophia’s teachers said she is a conscientious and hard working student and a pleasure to have in class, adding she that has a real love of learning, stemming from the support and encouragement she has at home.
Rina Hoge said Sophia’s science fair project earned her a trip to Central District Science Day this year, and when she couldn’t attend because of family travel plans for spring break, her teachers found another science fair she could attend that was held the week before at Mount Union University.
“She didn’t hesitate about attending — she was determined to go,” Hoge said. “Her experience there was outstanding, earning her an Excellent score and $100 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for her project on Sterling Engines.”
Hoge said Sophia has a never-give-up attitude.
“When concepts are complicated, she is not shy about asking questions to help her understand,” Hoge said. “She puts a lot of time and energy into her work, and it shows. Sophia is highly motivated. In addition, she’s also humble, caring, and kind, and serves as a great role model for others.”
Sophia is the daughter of Matt Spangler and Marcia Buell. Her siblings middle school eighth grader Mahlon and HSE first grader Sylvia.
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