This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is Victor Smith Rogel from Shelbyville Central High School, TN. Nominator Jeremy Bryant writes:
Victor is one of the most dedicated students I’ve ever met. He is constantly thinking of ways to improve our school and always puts other students first. He was the leader in giving one of our janitors an Honorary diploma, has presented to not only the staff here but also to our local school board, and is going to be the lead painter in a mural we are about to put up. Our group has been much more active this year, and much of it is due to Victor himself.
How long have you been involved with Renaissance?
I have been involved with Renaissance at Shelbyville Central High School for over a year now.
What’s a favorite Renaissance moment for you?
I have many favorites! The most impactful was the realization that I came to with my group in Orlando. I remember telling the guys that I would much rather have stayed in the hotel thinking of ways to improve our school than to be at Disney World. My other favorite would have to be almost the entirety of JRGC. Not only did it show me what Renaissance is all about, but it helped me jump into something I had always dreamed of: Helping my School.
How has Renaissance impacted your school’s culture?
Positively! Shelbyville Central’s Renaissance program has helped foster not only a positive environment but a better one in many ways. You can ask Mrs. Kingree and Mr. Harwell, but before the program we were a level 1 school for many years, and within a year of implementing Renaissance we jumped to a level 5 school, and we have never been a level 1 since!
How has Renaissance affected you personally?
Renaissance has given me the opportunity to give back to my community and my school through not only our Ren Rallies and smaller activities, but also through the positive culture and climate we help foster.
What advice would you give to someone just starting with Renaissance?
Keep an open mind! Renaissance is all about creating a better school climate and creating positive change through small actions. Sometimes what we do may seem small, but small positive actions have a bigger impact. Renaissance aims to make all of our students feel welcomed and loved.
Victor will receive a water bottle and a lapel pin in recognition of his achievement.