Lay, a fifth-grader, is the daughter of Cydney Hymas and Matthew Lay.
Her teacher, Jean Eardley, said Lay was selected, in part, because she “really works hard.”
“Maya Angelou’s quote of “Nothing will work unless you do” brings Shealby to my mind ... “ Eardley said. “When our class assignments are a challenge for Shealby, she grabs a hold of her patience, honestly conveys her questions, and just keeps working and re-working until she ‘gets it.’ And when she doesn’t get it, she doesn’t give up, but comes renewed for another day of hard work.”
Eardley added, “She is never shy with her smiles, or her ability to laugh at herself when one of her answers is not quite right. She just doesn’t give up trying. If it means extra class after school, she’s there. If it means missing a recess or two, she’s there. And she is there with a smile. Always. What a joy to have such a hard working smiling force in our classroom.”
Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison and the Moab City Council presented the award to Lay at the April 9 council meeting.
The HMK Students of the Month are selected by the faculty and staff of the school based on their all-around citizenship and their involvement within their school. The city of Moab presents the award as part of an ongoing effort to foster and recognize the contributions of young people within the community in practicing good citizenship.