Hampton City Schools – Citizen of the Month – March 19, 2019

Hampton City Schools – Citizen of the Month – March 19, 2019


(upbeat music) – Well, good morning, and welcome to the Hampton City School’s
Citizen of the Month luncheon. I’m Kellie Goral, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing
for Hampton City Schools, and I am proud to serve as your MC today. So, congratulations to each, I just stepped in a hole, excuse me. You about lost your MC for the day. Congratulations to each
and every one of you and your selection of
Citizen of the Month. As Citizens of the Month, you’re school has not only recognized your hard work but has selected you to
represent your school. To be a good citizen, you
have to be a good person, that means being honest
and showing respect, having a good attitude,
or just helping out. In the classroom, you
have shown responsibility by doing your homework on time, you need to be respectful by listening and following directions as
well as being compassionate by simply helping out your classmates. Most importantly, as a good citizen you have to have courage. Courage to do the right thing, even when it’s unpopular or even difficult. Being a good citizen can be hard work, because sometimes it’s hard
to be a good role model. So, congratulations to
each and every one of you for the hard work you
do, day in and day out, and congratulations for being selected as Citizen of the Month. Let’s give everybody a round of applause. (hands clapping) So, it’s now my pleasure to introduce a very good citizen for
Hampton City Schools, our Superintendent, Doctor Jeffrey Smith. Doctor Smith, would you
please join us on stage? (hands clapping) (footsteps clicking) – Good morning.
– Good morning. – Come on, give yourselves a hand again. (hands clapping)
We’re delighted to be here. (hands clapping) So, please know that I’m
delighted to be present to share in your accomplishments. As Superintendent, I always look forward to this time in which we
can really celebrate you and all of the great
things that you are doing on a regular basis, in
and around, certainly, your school community. Give yourselves a hand once again. (hands clapping) Indeed, each person here
was selected based on scholarship, character,
responsibility, sportsmanship, and the respect and courtesy
you show toward others. Thank you for representing
Hampton City Schools in an exceptional manner
and for the role that you continue to serve in our schools, our community, and our world. You are the future of Hampton, and indeed, our future looks bright. Look around, what do you think about that, boys and girls? You think the future looks bright? Absolutely, give yourselves a hand. (hands clapping) We’re proud of you and we’re encouraged by all of the great things in
terms of your accomplishments. It is now my honor to
recognize and ask the chair of our school board, the
Hampton City School board, to come forward, Miss Ann Cherry. please join me in welcoming School Board Chairwoman Cherry
to the podium at this time. (hands clapping) (footsteps clicking) – Good morning, everyone.
– Morning. – I tell you, this is an exciting time, and on behalf of the Hampton School Board, we just want to say how excited we are that you’ve been selected as
Good Citizens of the Month. I’d like you to meet some of those school board members who were
able to be with us here today. First of all, Doctor Reginald Woodhouse, would you please stand?
(hands clapping) And I just learned that Doctor Woodhouse has not one, but two
grand children here today who are being recognized as good citizens. (hands clapping)
That’s exactly right. (hands clapping) Next, we have our other
school board member, Mister Jason Samuels,
would you please stand, Mister Samuels?
(hands clapping) And, I understand our
school board Liaison Rep, Jeremy Taylor, was on the way in. I don’t know if he’s gotten in yet, but let’s give a round of applause, ’cause he’s definitely on the way. (hands clapping) Also, representing our city council, and I have to say, our city
council is a big supporter of Hampton City Schools. They love the school
division, and they love you. Representing today, we
have Miss Linda Curtis, would you please stand, right there. (hands clapping) And, we also have our Mayor, who you will meet and greet later, Mayor Tuck. (hands clapping) You know, we’re excited
for many, many reasons, that you’ve been selected today, but we have great, great
schools, and the school board is very excited that we have great schools in this school division, and do you know what the
main reason is we think? It’s because of you. It’s because every day, you
get up and you go to school intent on doing the right thing, and you don’t do that
because anybody tells you to. You don’t do that because all of a sudden it’s a great thought for the day. You do it because it’s in here. And, we just want to
ask you to continue that as you move forward through,
not only your grades, but been into life. Just continue doing the right thing, because we all know the
reason that you’re here today is because you’ve got it in here. We’d also like to recognize the people that make these luncheons possible, We’ve got great sponsors
with Hampton City Schools, those people who are committed
to this school division just as your administrators,
your principals, and your teachers are. And, I’d like to recognize them right now. The Hampton Association of
Education Office Professionals, The Hampton Roads Educator’s Credit Union, Old Point National Bank, 1st Advantage Credit Union,
and USI Insurance Services. These are our sponsors for our luncheon, can we please have an applause (hands clapping)
for them. (hands clapping) We’re also fortunate to
have a representative of one of our sponsors,
Mister Martin Cross from Old Point National Bank. Year after year and month after month they always connect with
Hampton City Schools. So, Mister Cross, would
you please join me on stage to deliver a few messages to
these wonderful, wonderful accomplished students. (hands clapping) – Thank you. Hi, good morning everyone. I am Martin Cross, Senior Vice President with Old Point National Bank. On behalf of the bank,
which has been a partner of the city of Hampton
and Hampton City Schools for 95 years, just want to thank you all for allowing us to be a part of this, but to each of you, I want
to just congratulate you on this fine accomplishment
that you have done, So, right now, I’m standing
in front of the future leaders of Hampton, and of Virginia, and of the United States. You all have already sent a foundation as being a model citizen,
so continue that hard work. It is hard, and it’s going to be hard. But, I know that you will do a great job. Thank you very much for allowing Old Point to be able to support this. (hands clapping) – And thank you Mister
Cross, thank you Old Point, thank you our sponsors,
and congratulations again to our students.
(hands clapping) – Thank you Miss Cherry as
well to our five sponsors. A big thank you to Mister
Cross for joining us today. As Miss Cherry already indicated, this special event would not be possible without your support,
so we truly appreciate your partnership, and how you advocate for public education in our students. Now, it is the best time of our luncheon, what would that be? Ah, smart, too, the food. We will be coming to each of your tables and letting you know when
it’s time to get in line for the buffet, but before eating, I would ask our school board members, our city council members, Superintendent, sponsors, our guest speaker,
to please come to the side and get a quick photo. The rest of you enjoy your lunch. – Hello, my name is Andre Gabriel. – Hello, my name is Jessica Lewis. – Hello, my name is Kaiden Moody. – Hello, my name is Ausiana Thompson. – [All] And we attend Aberdeen Elementary. – Hello, my name is Lillian Coulter. – Hello, my name is Andrea La Rosa. – Hello, my name is Tran Van. – Hello, my name is Eileen Galvan. – [All] And we attend to
Lindsay Middle School. – Hello, my name is Cayedon Jones. – Hello, my name is Tayvon Woodard. – Hello, my name is Joshua Gibbons. – Hello, my name is Lester Richardson. – Hello, my name is Shekinah Chapman. – Hello, my name is Melody Kavota – Hello, my name is Maria Karhnak. – [All] And we attend Hampton High. – Hi, my name is Malicah Forbes, and I attend Bridgeport Academy. – Hello, my name is Aiden Blunt. – Hello, my name is Kien Ly. – Hello, my name is Alana Greene. – Hello, my name is Ella Bentley. – [All] And we attend
Armstrong Elementary. – Hello, my name is Ronisha Shaw. – Hello, my name is Jabron Smith. – Hello, my name is Simon Campbell. – Hello, my name is Johnta Thomas. – [All] And we attend Bassette Elementary. – Hello, my name is James Webb. – Hello, my name is Madison Hinton. – Hello, my name is Anthony Groller. – Hello, my name is Jamont’e Lovett. – Hello, my name is Imani Ryan. – Hello, my name is Ethan Wellman. – Hello, my name is Patience Jones. – [All] And we attend Andrews
Pre-K through eighth grade. – Hello, my name is Rory Hall. – Hello, my name is Brooklyn Smith. – Hello, my name is Jacobi Hardisty. – Hello, my name is Morgan White. – [All] And we attend Asbury Elementary. – Hello, my name is Ave Watkins. – Hello, my name is Jazmin Burnette. – Hello, my name is Josiah Steward. – Hello, my name is Nat’e Singleton. – [All] And we attend Cary Elementary. – Hello, my name is Dre Green. – Hello, my name is Triston Yearby. – Hello, my name is John McKinzy. – Hello, my name is N’Kai Boston. – [All] And we attend
Phillips Elementary School. – Hello, my name is David Anderson. – Hello, my name is Trinity Espinosa. – Hello, my name is Thomas Laxton. – Hello, my name is Anaya Braxton. – Hello, my name is Stacy Martin. – Hello, my name is Eva Sturtz. – [All] And we attend
Jones Magnet Middle School. – Hello, my name is Alexander Hunt. – Hello, my name is Zayne Bartlome. – Hello, my name is Janaiah Robinson. – Hello, my name is Dejanyah Esquilin. – [All] And we attend
Tucker-Capps Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Arianna Gonzales. – Hello, my name is Kayla Solyom. – Hello, my name is
A’ndranae Scott-Robinson. – Hello, my name is Jerode Redmond. – [All] And we attend Forrest Elementary. – Hello, my name is Niarra Bell. – Hello, my name is Trinity Robonson. – Hello, my name is Amir Braxton. – Hello, my name is Kacie Martorana. – Hello, my name is Nilus Williams. – Hello, my name is Catherine Leetch. – Hello, my name is Jordan Butler. – Hello, my name is Javan Edwards. – [All] And we attend
Phenix Pre-K through eight. – Hello, my name is Makayla Robinson. – Hello, my name is Christopher Holiday. – Hello, my name is Kajah Tisdale. – Hello, my name is Jessica Phan. – Hello, my name is Kayla James. – Hello, my name is Zariyah Russell. – Hello, my name is Mckenzie Hill. – Hello, my name is Joshua Thompson. – [All] And we attend Bethel High School, the home of academic excellence. – Hello, my name is Marcus Chapman. – Hello, my name is Jasmine Thompson. – Hello, my name is Kyrianna Laboy. – [All] And we attend Captain
John Smith Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Iyana Sharpe. – Hello, my name is Zuri Brooks. – Hello, my name is Devon Mitchell. – Hello, my name is Tamia Jackson. – [All] And we attend Jane
H. Bryan Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Elijah Bethel. – Hello, my name is Leilani Holmes. – Hello, my name is Dennis Wallace. – Hello, my name is Peyton Raybourne. – Hello, my name is Zachary Jacob. – Hello, my name is Charlie Ross. – Hello, my name is Brian Ranger. – Hello, my name is Stephen Strand. – [All] And we attend
Spratley Gifted Center. – Hello, my name is Mackenzie Freeman. – Hello, my name is Johnathan Bjonnes. – Hello, my name is Christoper Jones. – Hello, my name is Elizabeth Boyd. – Hello, my name is Alayah Liggins. – Hello, my name is Robert Staton. – [All] And we attend Eaton Middle School. – Hello, my name is Kaela Townes. – Hello, my name is Josiah Silver. – Hello, my name is Malik Hardy. – Hello, my name is Amine Dhamna. – Hello, my name is Iyanna Manley. – Hello, my name is Tatiana Wheeler – Hello, my name is Ariana Allen. – [All] And we attend Phoebus High School. – Hello, my name is Chenelle Haywood. – Hello, my name is Ethan McKenzie. – Hello, my name is Janice Ray. – Hello, my name is Chelsea Brodie. – [All] And we attend
Burbank Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Tanaya Berry. – Hello, my name is Nazareth Berry. – Hello, my name is Malaysia Gates. – Hello, my name is Scarlet Coronado. – Hello, my name is Krystal Jones. – Hello, my name is Marcus Leonard. – [All] And we attend
Tarrant Middle School. – Hello, my name is Kani Howard. – Hello, my name is Lauren Nance. – Hello, my name is Gabriel Thomas. – Hello, my name is Amilia Britt. – [All] And we attend Tyler Elementary. – Hello, my name is Sebastian Oerez. – Hello, my name is Gia Martin. – Hello, my name is Harmoney Gamble. – Hello, my name is London Johnson. – [All] And we attend Kraft Elementary. – Hello, my name is Lauralynn Scott. – Hello, my name is Joshua Norton. – Hello, my name is Michael Jones. – Hello, my name is Demi Etheridge. – [All] And we attend Barron Elementary. – Hello, my name is Jaidanaysia Waters. – Hello, my name is Jaelin Morales. – My name is Ahziyah McCloud. – [All] And we attend
Machen Elementary School. – Hello, my name is Jakayla Curry. – Hello, my name is Justine Nelson. – Hello, my name is Richaun Wright. – Hello, my name is Anthony Reddick. – [All] And we attend Syms Middle School. – Hello, my name is Shai Pearso. – Hello, my name is Ankita. – Hello, my name is Ginny Rayman. – Hello, my name is Paxton Kim-Woods. – [All] And we attend Langley Elementary. – Hello, my name is Cohen Green. – Hello, my name is Donte’ Kimmons. – Hello, my name is Sean Lumpkins. – Hello, my name is Keiyana Lewis. – Hello, my name is Madison Ward. – Hello, my name is Winni Chen. – [All] And we attend
Kecoughtan High School. – Hello, my name is Damien Jackson. – Hello, my name is Avery Huizar. – Hello, my name is Annabelle Engbaum. – [All] And we attend Booker Elementary. – Hello, my name is Sasha Harris. – Hello, my name is Lina Owens. – Hello, my name is Kassandra Paris. – [All] And we attend Cooper Elementary. – We are going to go
ahead and get started. If you all are in line, that’s fine, please go ahead and get seconds. But for the rest of
you, if you could just, all eyes and ears up
here, that would be great, because at this time, I would like to introduce our great speaker of the day. Today’s guest speakers was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University as well as Old Dominion University. He has had distinguished
careers of broadcasting, sports information,
athletic public relations, technical writing, and local government. He was elected to the Hampton City Council in May of 2010, and
re-elected in May of 2014. On May 3, 2016, he was elected our mayor. So, please join me in welcoming the mayor of the city of Hampton,
Mister Donnie Tuck. (hands clapping) And, as Mister Tuck is joining us on stage, I’d also like
to give a warm welcome to Doctor Richard Mason who is one of our school board members who was able to join us this afternoon. Thank you Doctor Mason.
(hands clapping) – Good afternoon. And, let me say on behalf
of the city council, our city government,
and all our residents, we want to congratulate you on
being Citizens of the Month. It is… I cannot think of any city in our country that would not desire
to have great citizens, and the fact that you are
starting so early in life means a lot to us. To have citizens who are
respectful of authority and rules, who show courtesy and
respect to each other, and just who are, just, trying to see a need and fill
it, and that’s what you do in your schools, and
that’s why you’re here. So, congratulations to you. I want to be brief, and I’m
going to ready you a story. It’ll be followed by about three points, and then I’m going to take my seat. It reads that a man
came across three masons who were working at
chipping chunks of granite from large blocks. The first seemed unhappy at his job, chipping away and frequently
looking at his watch. When the man asked what
it was that he was doing, the first mason responded rather curtly, “I’m hammering this stupid rock, “and I can’t wait ’till
five when I can go home.” A second mason, seemingly
more interested in his work was hammering diligently, and when asked what it was
that he was doing, answered, “Well, I’m molding this block of rock “so that it can be used with
others to construct a wall. “It’s not bad work, but I’ll
sure be glad when it’s done.” A third mason was hammering
at his block fervently, taking time to stand
back and admire his work. He chipped off small pieces
until he was satisfied that it was the best he could do. When he was questioned
about his work, he stopped, gazed skyward, and proudly proclaimed, “I am building a cathedral.” Whether you believe it or not, whether you accept it or not, you are all builders. You are all builders. As students, you’re using the knowledge and the information that
you’re receiving and gaining each day to build your
lives, your careers, and most importantly, your character. Now, the question for you today is what are you doing with how you are applying that
knowledge and information? Are you like the first man who views his work routinely? Do you lack inquisitiveness? Do you desire to learn more or are you content to take the knowledge and the information that you’re gaining, either through notes that you’re getting on the chalkboard, or the notes and information
you’re getting in handouts, you go home, you do your
assignment and you turn it in. Are you like the second man, who, although more conscientious
than the first, still is content not
to overextend yourself, to reach the top tier of performance, is that you will give your best effort, but you won’t give that little lit more because you feel like
more matter what you do, someone else is going to get the credit. Finally, are you like the third man, who in every situation, looks at the challenge that is before him and tries to see limitless possibilities? I’d like to close with
an expression I’ve heard Doctor Smith use at past graduations. Good, better, best. Never let it rest until
your good is your better, and your better is your best. Congratulations to you. (hands clapping) – I told Mayor Tuck he’s
not allowed to escape quite yet, because we have a gift as a token of our
appreciation for coming out and giving som wise words of wisdom here to our students, so
thank you, sir, very much. (hands clapping) All right. So, before we close today, I would like, one more time, to thank our sponsors, most importantly to congratulate
each and every one of you for being Citizen of the Month. We are here today because of you, and we encourage you to keep
doing those great things you are doing, day in and day out, and to be that leader for
your peers and your school, and in your community. So, let’s have one last
big round of applause for all of you.
(hands clapping) You really do make us very
proud, guys, you really do. So, shortly, we’re going
to go ahead and dismiss. We’re going to dismiss by your bus number. Miss Bowers will come up to the podium, and she’ll call out which
schools and which number, and at that point, then
you’ll go ahead to the foyer, through the back door,
don’t forget your packets. Inside those packets includes a schedule that will show when the
luncheon will be aired on Channel 46, so you get
to see yourselves on TV, so don’t forget your packets. And, I hope that all of
you have a great day, congratulations. (upbeat music)

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