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Copley-Fairlawn school board announces winners of Student of the Month

By David Paulk/ correspondent Published: December 19, 2012
The Lukes
The Luke family, Robert, Chelsea and Renee, stops for a photo after daughter Chelsea was named a Student of the Month at the Copley-Fairlawn Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. (David Paulk/

COPLEY: Tuesday evening wasn’t just another night for a few select parents in the Copley-Fairlawn School District, as they witnessed their children rise to Student of the Month status.

The naming of those exemplary students was the main event at Tuesday night’s Copley-Fairlawn school board meeting at Copley High School.

For Robert Luke, it was an extra special occasion. His daughter, Chelsea Luke, is his second child to receive a Student of the Month award. His son, Justin Luke, was the first to win Student of the Month when he was in the fourth grade. He is currently in the sixth grade. Now it seems as if his daughter is following in her brother’s footsteps.

Chelsea is a 9-year-old fourth grader at Herberich Primary School. She said she is extremely proud of being Student of the Month mainly because of her brother.

 “My brother was Student of the Month so I was very proud of it,” Chelsea said.

Chelsea said one of her favorite classes is social studies. She said she enjoys reading and learning about other cultures, especially Native Americans.

“I like learning about different cultures, and people that lived back then,” said Chelsea, who especially likes learning about the Hopewell Tribe, an indigenous tribe that lived in various parts of Ohio. She even talks about a number of mounds in Northern Ohio that were established by the Hopewells.

“They’re both hard working kids,” Robert Luke said of his children.  “I think they’re an example to other kids.”

Other Students of the Month included Crystal Idley, Arrowhead Primary School; Michael Gerst, Fort Island Primary School; George Manos, Herberich Primary School; Destiny Reed, Copley-Fairlawn Middle School and Tony Elias, Copley High School.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the financial statements for November and field trips for the Copley High School academic challenge team. The board also discussed compensation for Board of Education members.