The Academic All-Star award is given to students who exhibit a positive attitude and a commitment to excellence in the classroom. Each Academic All-Star is chosen by his or her principal and receives a framed certificate, free food from Chick-fil-A and Sonic Drive-In and a free gift courtesy of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More in Franklin.
Leadership, kindness and perseverance. They are all traits possessed by Bethesda Elementary fifth grader Caleb Durrough which is why teachers selected him as the school’s Academic All-Star for the 2016-17 school year.
“Caleb is an all-around, good citizen,” said Caleb’s teachers. “He is diligent when it comes to his education, and even though he may struggle at times, he never gives up. Caleb routinely helps other students and teachers; he is extremely generous in every way; and students look to him as a leader and a supportive classmate.”
Caleb has attended Bethesda since first grade, and although he’s excited to move on to Spring Station Middle School next year, he says the hardest part will be leaving behind the teachers who made his time at BES so special.
“My favorite thing about Bethesda is how kind everyone is both in and out of school,” said Caleb. “I’m going to miss all the wonderful teachers who have helped me. If they see a problem, they always ask what’s wrong and try to help.”
Caleb’s favorite subject is science, and he wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up.
“I have a passion for animals,” said Caleb. “My favorite animal is an orca whale. Just watching them is so cool. I’d love to go out on boats and scuba dive and look at the animals and study them.”
In addition to being on the student council, Caleb was elected mayor of JA BizTown by his peers. When he’s not in school, Caleb can usually be found playing one of his two favorite sports: baseball or basketball.
When asked what motivates him to do well in school, Caleb said it’s a healthy mixture of pride and fear.
“Well, it makes you feel nice to make good grades,” said Caleb. “It feels comfortable. Plus, if you fall behind and make bad grades, there’s more work to do to make the grades better.”