COPLEY: The best and brightest students in the Copley-Fairlawn School District were recognized Tuesday evening. The audience, which was a mixture of students, teachers, and parents, filled the Board of Education chambers during their regular meeting. Each person showed up to support his or her respective student.
The students recognized were Nathaniel Ezzie from Arrowhead Primary School, Madison Eroshevich from Fort Island Primary School, Emma Leohr from Herberich Primary School, Dominic Restivo from Copley-Fairlawn Middle School, and Amy Smith from Copley High School.
Athlete of the month was Cooper (William) Comstock from Copley High School.
Each student brought something different to the title of student of the month. But each one expressed the same core values that helped them attain the prestigious award. For Smith, it was a surprise when she found out she was student of the month.
“I didn’t know I could be nominated just for helping others,” Smith said. “I thought you had to get good grades for student of the month.”
Smith, who is a leader and tutor for sophomore geometry students, wants to become a forensic scientist. She said her long-term goals include graduating with honors, attending Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania, and eventually working for the FBI as a crime scene investigator.
“If I was a crime scene investigator for the FBI that would be the best,” Smith said.
Although she was humbled by her award, she believes anyone can become student of the month if they try hard enough.
“Secretly, someone’s going to recognize you for your efforts sooner than later,” Smith said. “So just keep trying and doing your best at everything you do.”
Although Dominic Restivo has no ambitions to become a scientist like his fellow student of the month Smith, he enjoys math. Restivo said math is his favorite class, and his attraction to it is based on the mysterious nature of the field.
“I like dealing with numbers and equations,” Restivo said. “I enjoy figuring out solutions to problems.”
The athlete of the month, Cooper Comstock is heading for University of Cincinnati to pursue a career in business. But the passion attracting him to Cincinnati is not business, but his sport of choice.
He has played a number of sports including football, basketball, soccer, and baseball. But his heart is in swimming.
Not surprising since, according to Comstock, his entire family has a history of swimming. He said both his parents and sisters are all swimmers. Deciding on Cincinnati was not a decision he made overnight. He ventured to the school, met the coaches, and even watched a couple of practices.
“I even had a tour of their facilities,” Comstock said. “It kind of locked in my decision.”
But swimming wasn’t the only passion he inherited from this family. Apparently, his father Rich Comstock is also a businessman. For his fellow classmates Comstock had one important thing to say to them.
“There’s a lot of homework and it counts for a huge portion of your grade,” Comstock said. “Don’t just focus on the test.”