This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is Laura Wingert from Ottawa High School, KS. Nominator Jennifer Kane writes:
Laura has gone above and beyond this year to make the Cyclone Renaissance Program be the best it can be. Laura regularly gives extra time to come in and work on new initiatives, including helping to move us from a Staffulty of the Month program to a Staffulty of the Week program and designing the awards for this. Laura is always asking how she can help, seeing what can be done, as well as seeking to build relationships with new students in the building, investing in a variety of clubs and organizations, and keeping her grades up. Laura epitomizes what it means to be a servant leader and always offers a smile to every person in our Cyclone family!
How long have you been involved with Renaissance?
What’s a favorite Renaissance moment for you?
My favorite Renaissance moment was our JRGC trip to Florida. As a group we learned so much and it was amazing to see ways that we can grow our Renaissance program and the potential it has. I also became very close with the other people from our school who went, and made close friendships with people from across the country that I still talk to today. That trip was definitely my favorite memory because of everything that we gained and how much fun it was.
How has Renaissance impacted your school’s culture?
Renaissance has changed how we view school assemblies and show student recognition. The energy and atmosphere at our assemblies has increased and we have found new games to engage everyone. This is something most people in our school enjoy participating in. We also use Cyclone cards to recognize students for representing our school well and having pride in our school. This is something that students very much enjoy, and it makes their days a little better when they are able to get prizes from these.
How has Renaissance affected you personally?
It has completely changed my view on school. It makes me look for the positive in my day, even on the bad days, and notice all of the good things our school has. Renaissance is something I have become passionate about and it makes me excited to be able to impact our school in many different ways. It is just a really fun program that is cool to be a part of.
What advice would you give to someone just starting with Renaissance?
I would say don’t be scared to try new things and know that not everyone in your school will understand what you are trying to do at first. However, with consistency and change you will be able to impact everyone and they will eventually see the vision of Renaissance just as much as you do now. I would also say start small with things you can handle and implement easily then jump into the bigger ideas. A lot of times the small things are the ones staff and students appreciate the most.
Laura will receive a water bottle and a decal in recognition of her achievement.