Marysville students Hudson Reyes, Leah Stacy and Jaycynta Myle-Gliford were recognized as the Equity, Diversity and Indigenous Education Students of the Month on Nov. 19.
The district-wide award is given to an elementary school student, a middle school student and a high school student each month of the school year by a team of Native liaisons from the district.
Hudson Reyes, from Cedarcrest Middle School, was honored for his progress in school and positive attitude.
“We’ve noticed a lot of growth in his attendance. He’s doing a lot of maturing and his attendance got so much better and his grades have been a lot better,” said Marysville School District Native liaison Terrance Sabbas.
Hudson’s younger brother is in sixth-grade and Sabbas said he is a good sibling and role model.
“You support our sixth-graders and we notice those things,” said Sabbas.
Cedarcrest vice principal Robert Stoddard said that Hudson has a good attitude.
“He just exemplifies our four pillars: respectful, responsible, safe and determined,” he said.
“He’s a model in the way he approaches his academics and the way he interacts with others.”
Sabbas said that Hudson is “very respectful and an awesome person to be around.”
Kellogg Marsh Elementary student Leah Stacy was given the award for the growth she has made over the last couple of years.
Leah has autism but recently moved into the general student population.
“This journey we’ve had with Leah has not been easy. Last year she got transitioned into general education,” said parent Deanna Sheldon.
She thanked the administration at the school who helped Leah with the change.
“Just her having that ability to have that opportunity to be with her general peers has given her a bunch of confidence and a bunch of sass, so much to the point she broke her elbow one day,” she said.
Amy Sheldon, who is with the district’s indigenous education department, said that Leah has worked hard at school.
“She works very hard through many challenges and doesn’t give up until she accomplishes what she needs to accomplish,” she said.
Heritage High School student Jaycynta Myle-Gliford was given the award for her school involvement.
She is an ASB representative and does the Lushootseed weather for Tulalip TV at the school.
“She is just a kind, generous and positive person at school every day,” said interim principal at Heritage High School Kelli Miller, who added that Jaycynta is a freshman taking sophomore-level classes.
“She is a super talented athlete and very intense, and as soon as the whistle blew she was asking how everyone is doing,” said Miller.
“I was really happy to see I had this duality of a young woman that is part of this school,” she said.
Jaycynta said she wants to eventually become a pediatric anesthesiologist or a neonatal nurse.