ALTON — Ty’Ria Rounds of Alton Middle School and Lydia Taul of Gilson Brown Elementary were named Students of the Month for November by the Alton Area Optimist Club.
The Alton Area Optimist Club gives a $25 gift card to the student as well as a $25 donation to a nonprofit organization of the student’s choice.
Ty’Ria, the daughter of Angie Payne of Alton, chose Target for her gift card and the Salvation Army for her donation. Audrey is in seventh grade at Alton Middle School in the Piasa House. Her teacher says she is an exemplary student who is active at Alton Middle School. Ty’Ria shows cooperation in working well with peers while completing assignments and discussing class content. She is always willing to work with all of her peers and cooperates with both them and the staff. She always shows respect of herself, others and property. She takes academics seriously and ensures all of her assignments are complete. She always goes the extra mile to ensure an A+ on her work. She respects rules and models appropriate behavior to all. Ty’Ria’s overall attitude and involvement in academics and extracurricular activities encourages others to strive to do more to improve themselves. She is an inspiration to all.
Lydia Taul, daughter Mary Lou and Matthew Taul of Godfrey, is a fifth-grader at Gilson Brown Elementary School. She chose Target for her gift card and Cure SMA Foundation as her donation. Her teacher reports Lydia is not only beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well. She is brilliant and able to put her brilliance to good use by helping others. She is always willing to assist with anything anyone needs. Her kindness is spread to peers, teachers and everyone she meets. She always finds good and positive aspects in every situation. Lydia has excelled on both the Math Team and Young Authors. She doesn’t stop at just extracurricular work; she excels in all subjects in fifth grade. Her other activities include Student Council, Class President, Chorus, Band and gymnastics. Lydia also was instrumental in the Helping Hand drive at Gilson Brown this past year. She looks forward to going to college and is planning on being a doctor or a dentist because she would like to continue to help people. One of her favorite pastimes is talking to her family at home.
The Alton Area Optimist Club is a youth-oriented community service organization that has been in existence for more than 60 years in the Riverbend. The club sponsors various youth sports teams, supports Boys and Girls Scouts, participates in the Rock Springs Celebration of Lights, Memorial Day Parade and supports school activities such as poster contests and the Elementary and Middle School Students of the Month. The club is a yearly sponsor of the 1st Responder Recognition Dinner. Its biggest activity is the bestowing of college or trade school scholarships to high school students each year.