• Mary Harrison

CHS commends Norton & Sanders for positive examples to peers

Caylynne (left) and Nijal (right) are today's featured PBIS Students of the Week!

Freshman Caylynne Norton and senior Nijal Sanders were recently named PBIS Students of the Week at CHS. The teens, along with last week’s featured student Jeremy Ezell, received free yearbooks, in recognition of their accomplishments, complements of Cairo High School yearbook editor Mrs. Barbara Godwin.

Caylynne Norton, 15, is the daughter of Steve and Patricia Norton. Master Chief Youngblood, Navy Junior ROTC instructor at CHS, nominated NJROTC Cadet Norton for always taking initiative to help, saying the “exceptional student” exemplified motivation during his unit's most recent campus clean-up day.

The Whigham-resident says her favorite subject is math and her favorite educator is CHS social studies teacher Mrs. Casey Asbell. Norton also plays French Horn and Mellophone in the marching and concert Syrupmaker bands.

Caylynne enjoys fishing, and playing with her dog, bunny, and ducks in her free-time. After graduating from high school, the 9th-grader hopes to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and serve at least five years in the military.

Nijal Sanders, son of Raymond and Gail Sanders, lives in Cairo. CHS secretary Mrs. Tonnie Gainous recommended the senior for a PBIS award because of his honesty in returning a lost sum of money to the front office: “He could have found that money, stuck it in his pocket, gone on, and not said anything,” Mrs. Gainous pointed out.

The 18-year-old shared that his favorite subject is math, with two of his favorite educators being CHS math instructor Mrs. Brooke Reynolds and science teacher Mrs. Royale Armstrong. Sanders also ran for the Syrupmaker track and cross-country teams.

In addition to his high-school responsibilities, Nijal has taken Dual Enrollment courses through Southern Regional Technical College since his 10th-grade year, a CHS program allowing him to simultaneously earn high school and college credits.

Nijal relaxes by playing basketball, hanging out with family and friends, drawing, and experimenting with fashion styles. After graduating from CHS on Friday, Sanders plans to attend Thomas University or Tallahassee Community College, then transfer to Florida A&M University to study architectural engineering and business.

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.