Winton Woods Elementary School third-grade student Sean Howard was selected for May’s Kiwanis Character is Key award for perseverance. “What is perseverance?” said his teacher Melanie Siciliano. “Perseverance is the ability to go on when things seem impossible. It is also a measure of success, or at least how much sacrifice one is willing to make in the name of success. As a student, it is impossible to achieve personal success without having a vision or a direction in mind. Perseverance is the ability to forge ahead despite setbacks that may threaten to undermine all efforts to succeed. Sean Howard has set a shining example of perseverance by overcoming many obstacles that he encountered throughout the school day and within the school year.”
“Sean sees failure as a learning opportunity to rise and reach success. With positive reinforcement, words of encouragement, and an individual flexible schedule, Sean has risen to the top and has proven to be a true Winton Woods Warrior. Sean exemplifies respect when working with his peers and his teachers, responsibility when following classroom expectations, and trust when communicating his needs or wants. If challenges arise, I know he will meet them with courage and a strong will to succeed. With these qualities at the forefront, there is no limit to what Sean will achieve in the future.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods Elementary School third-grade student Sean Howard shown with Kiwanis Greenhills-Forest Park Club President Jim Hadley (left) and Board Vice President Katrina Rugless (right). Photo by Drew Jackson.