• Mary Harrison

Chastain, Diaz earn PBIS awards

CHS freshman Skyler Chastain and junior Daysi Diaz are this week's featured PBIS Students of the Week from Cairo High School.

Skyler, a Cairo resident, is the son of Joseph Chastain and Amanda Granger. CHS science teacher Mrs. Regina Mitchell, Skyler's favorite educator, nominated the 15-year-old for “always looking out for his peers,” applying his mind, and exhibiting a helpful attitude.

Chastain says he likes studying environmental science, and enjoys gaming on his Play Station 4, playing football, and attending youth group at Pine Park Baptist Church in his free time. After graduating high school, Skyler intends to earn a computing certification at Roosevelt Warm Springs' vocational school.

Diaz, daughter of Adolfo Diaz and Angela Rojas, lives on the outskirts of Cairo. Diaz was nominated by Ms. Erikka Edwards, CHS choral instructor, for being a “wonderful helper” to her teacher and peers in the classroom.

Daysi says she loves taking chorus under Ms. Edwards, her favorite educator. After-school, the 18-year-old works at Michoacán Mexican restaurant, attends Bible studies, and leads the worship team at Cairo Seventh Day Adventist Church. Diaz enjoys composing songs and writing, especially poems, during her free-time. After graduating high school, Daysi plans on studying general medicine at the University of Montemorelos in Mexico and becoming a medical missionary.

Every Friday during the school year, Cairo High School Principal Chris Lokey and Assistant Principal Chief Andrew Jones name a “Positive Behavior Intervention Support [PBIS] Student of the Week,” a CHS student recognized by faculty or administration for modeling positive behaviors to fellow students.

Each week's winner is chosen randomly from Mr. Lokey's “golden drum” containing “MAKERbucks,” rewards given to students who exemplify parts of the “MAKER Matrix”: M – Model student, A – Attendance, K – Knowledgeable, E – Exhibit Excellence, R – Respectful and Responsible.

PBIS Students of the Week are recognized during the school's morning announcements and given a certificate of acknowledgment and gift certificate to Mr. Chick.