Big Walnut Middle School eighth-grade student Natalie Wallace was recognized during last Thursday evening’s Big Walnut school board meeting as the September 2015 Student of the Month.
Natalie’s seventh-grade science teacher, Rich Smith, describes her as gracious, grateful, caring and inspired. Her seventh-grade world history teacher, Patricia Thompson, said Natalie is conscientious student, and took her role seriously as a Student Center Student Council member at-large.
“Natalie worked with Riley McDermott to be an excellent representative,” Thompson said. “She spoke well, was informed, and tried to motivate her peers. I think she is a fantastic choice for Student of the Month. I’m very proud of her. I look forward to seeing where she goes and what she will do in the future.”
Seventh-grade language arts teacher Jenny Ainsworth said Natalie was a superstar in her language arts class last year.
“Natalie is a fantastic student but, more importantly, she’s a wonderful person,” Ainsworth said. “She displays our building’s SOAR characteristics in every aspect, and took on leadership roles in class and through Student Council. Natalie has already grown so much as an individual; I can’t wait to see what she challenges herself with as a leader in our building.”
Big Walnut Middle School guidance counselor Corry Schull described Natalie as an inspiring young woman.
“I have been graced with the opportunity to be her school counselor in both elementary and middle school,” Schull said. “As a seventh-grader she began to blossom into a leader and a person her teachers could count on if something needed to be accomplished. She has maintained exemplary grades while expanding her interests and getting involved in things, such as the ‘New to Big Walnut’ student support initiative. It will be exciting to see how Natalie excels and grows in high school and beyond; she will definitely make a positive impact on the world.”
Natalie, a member of the eighth-grade band (clarinet), said she considers herself a country girl at heart, even though her parents are more city people. She enjoys helping people, swimming, volleyball, horseback riding and sign language – an interest she acquired by participating in the middle school’s American Sign Language Club last year.
Natalie said her future plans are to attend The Ohio State University and become a fifth-grade math teacher. She said teachers are helpers, and helping people is very important to her.
Natalie’s parents are Amy and Ken Wallace; she has two older half siblings.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093