Student of the Nine Weeks: Gionna Cox
by Ang Butchelle, Ang DePaolo, and McKenna Lutton
While Gionna Cox is only in eighth grade, it is clear that she has a bright future ahead of her. She has been nominated by her teachers as the 8th grade Student of the Second Nine Weeks. She has worked hard enough to get recognized for her efforts.
Gionna not only maintains exemplary grades but excels in all of her classes while still balancing a life outside of her studies. She is involved in junior high band, choir, and softball. As she describes herself as quite competitive, she is always trying to perform to the best of her ability. Gionna commented, “I try to participate as much as I can in and out of school!”
Gionna has substantial plans for her academic future, so it is imperative that she works hard throughout her high school career. “I want to get as much out of my 8th grade year as possible,” remarked Gionna. Part of her determination stems from the fact that she wishes to attend college at MIT, a highly renowned university. To achieve her goals, she focuses on her time management skills to ensure that she is making the most out of her days.
One of her teachers, Mr. Drozynski, recollects, “She is quiet and humble, courteous and sensitive.” Mr. Drozynski is not the only teacher who had something positive to say about Gionna. Mrs. Leali, choir teacher, notes, “Gionna is a delight to have in class. Always ready to go with a smile on her face. A great singer and a great role model.”
Her gifted instructor, Mrs. Goswick, says, “Gionna is an excellent student and person. She is always kind and considerate to all students. She does an outstanding job on all of her projects and assignments. She is a joy to have in class and is always respectful to everyone.”
A major role model for Gionna has been Katherine Johnson, who was known for her contributions to aeronautics of the first manned space mission. Gionna hopes that in the future, she will be able to achieve greatness just as her role model once did.