This school year we will be recognizing one Affton student each month for the things that make them Affton Strong, both in and out of school. Our Affton Strong Student of the Month for March is:
Maddie McCray – Rogers Middle School
Maddie is a sixth grade student at Rogers Middle School and is proud to be Affton Strong! “Maddie is a very kind and enthusiastic young lady. It is apparent that she is a good friend, as I have observed her helping others both in and out of a classroom situation,” said Beth Daniels, math teacher at Rogers. “She was the only fifth grader to score a perfect score on the Communication Arts section of the MAP test last year. She loves volleyball and just this year began playing on a select team.”
Earlier this month, Maddie shaved her head to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers. In addition to supporting her own father, as well as a friend whose mother recently lost her battle with cancer, Maddie raised over $960 for St. Baldrick’s.
Parents: Ellen McCray and Kenneth McCray
Sibling: Mitchell McCray (a 7th grader, also at Rogers Middle)
What do you like best about Rogers Middle School? I like learning new things from the teachers because they are all nice and helpful. I also like seeing my friends every day, and changing classes because we don’t have to stay with one thing all day.
What is your favorite subject? Communication Arts because that’s where I’m strongest. I’m good at reading and writing.
What is something you’ve learned lately? In science, we just learned about volcanoes and earthquakes, and about how the plates move in the Earth. In math, we’re learning different types of graphs.
Who is your favorite teacher that you’ve ever had? My second grade teacher, Mrs. Walburn. She was very patient because I talk a lot and whenever I got in trouble, she was always very nice. I never heard her yell once the entire year. She’s a really good teacher.
What do you want to be when you grow up? An actress, because I like being on stage and being the center of attention. Since I was little, my family has called me a Drama Queen. I’ve loved acting my entire life.
What do you like to do outside of school? I play for Black Fury, a select volleyball team, as an outside hitter and blocker. I’m also in Student Council, and am a Junior in Girl Scouts.
If you could meet someone famous, who would you want to meet? Jennifer Lawrence, because she’s my favorite actress and role model. I love the Hunger Games movies and Silver Linings Playbook. I like the way she plays her characters because she gets into them and makes me feel like it’s really happening.
What has been your proudest moment? On March 8, I shaved my head — 2 ponytails about 14″ long each — and raised $960 for children’s cancer research for St. Baldricks. My dad has cancer in his colon and liver, and my friend’s mom recently passed away from cancer. I was really excited because not only is it a good thing to do, but now somebody bald will have hair.
What do you want people to know about Affton Schools? Affton Schools provide a really good education and lots of activities for kids. Everyone is really nice and they treat all people friendly when you first meet them.
2013-14 Affton Strong Students of the Month:
Adis Terzic – Affton High School
Sarah Beth Head – Mesnier Primary
Rachael Odhiambo – Rogers Middle
Jonathan Perez – Gotsch Intermediate
Gavyn Stanley – Affton Early Childhood
Jasmine Sandoval-Garcia – Mesnier Primary
Maureen Dolan – Gotsch Intermediate