Student of the Month

Student of the MonthSince January 2001, the Timonium Optimist Club has conducted our Student of the Month (SOM) project to honor students from area elementary and middle schools. The SOM Chairman  makes arrangements with a different school each month during the school year. There are ten schools in the cycle so that each has the opportunity to recognize an outstanding student every year.

Selection of the student to be honored is left up to the principal and school staff. The club invites the student and guests, including a representative from the school, to a dinner meeting where the student is recognized as Student of the Month.

The SOM project builds self-esteem among the students recognized and fosters goodwill between the Timonium Optimist Club and local schools. Regular press coverage in the Towson Times also makes the public aware of the positive achievements of young people and promotes a positive image of the club.

Students of the Month for School Year 2017–2018

  • September 2017 — TRAYVELL JEFFERIES
    Villa Maria School
    Padonia International Elementary School
  • November 2017 — ANDRE FELIX  
    Hampton Elementary School
  • December 2017 — JAMES PALUMBO
    Timonium Elementary School
  • January 2018 — CAMERON HAYS 
    St. Joseph School
  • February 2018 — KAITLYN PETROSKI 
    Warren Elementary School
  • March 2018 — LILA MINTON
    Lutherville Laboratory Elementary School
  • April 2018 — NATISHA BHOLA
    Cockeysville Middle
  • May 2018 — TYJAH GREEN
    Ridge-Ruxton School
  • June 2018 — TBA
    Ridgely Middle School

Awards for Student of the Month

  • SOM personal plaque to the student
  • $25 gift card to Target
  • SOM perpetual plaque to the school for public display
  • Copy of the Optimist Creed to the student’s parents