November 16, 2022

Students of the Month honored at School Board Meeting

The Board of Education recognized fourteen outstanding Oak Park School District students at the November 14 board meeting. Students from Oak Park High School, Oak Park Preparatory Academy, NOVA Academy, Lessenger Early Childhood Center, Einstein, Key and Pepper elementary schools have been named October Students of the Month.

The Oak Park Schools Student of the Month program gives the district the opportunity to celebrate success. Each month during the school year, students from elementary, junior high and high schools throughout the district are selected to receive the award. Honorees are recognized for both quality of character and excellence in leadership, academics, arts, athletics and more.

October Students of the Month
Aydrien Harris, Pre-K, Lessenger Early Childhood Center
Kinsley Parks, Pre-K, Lessenger Early Childhood Center
Anthony Whitaker, 3rd Grade, Pepper Elementary
Jayla Hardy, 5th Grade, Pepper Elementary
 Jayden Gatewood, Key Elementary
 Rylee Brown, Key Elementary
 Darnell Wingate, 4th Grade, Einstein Elementary
 Aa’Nyla McGee, 4th Grade, Einstein Elementary
 Markeis Hill, 11th Grade, Nova Discipline Academy
Khaniyha Coates, 12th Grade, Nova Discipline Academy
Michael Wilbourn, Oak Park Prep Academy
Ritaj Ali-Hamad, Oak Park Prep Academy
Jamal Guilford, 9th Grade, Oak Park High School
Riley Coleman, 11th Grade, Oak Park High School

Board meetings come alive as families, friends, principals and teachers join district officials to honor Students of the Month, their principals or other school representatives read thoughtful tributes aloud, every presentation ends in proud handshakes, hugs and roaring applause from the crowd.