It takes a village — Rotary Student of the Month Justin Heckman is surrounded by supporters and admirers. Left to right: Teacher Cori Alameda, Silva Valley Principal Kathy Holliman, special education teacher Karen Schott, teacher/tutor Michelle Presnall, Rotary Club President Wayne Lowery, Dad John Heckman, Mom Kelly Heckman, Sister Katie Heckman, 13, and Buckeye Union School District Superintendent David Roth. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

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Student of the Month: Justin Heckman

By From page A3 | January 16, 2013

Just call him “The Little Engine That Could.”

That’s how Silva Valley Elementary teachers describe fifth-grader Justin Heckman, the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Student of the Month.

“He has the attitude of ‘I think I can, I think I can’,” said special education teacher Karen Schott. “Justin is one of those students who is unforgettable.”

Fifth-grade teacher Cori Alameda applauded Justin’s work ethic and willingness to ask for help. “He has worked really hard and I know  he’s going to be successful at whatever he does,” she said.

That sentiment was echoed by tutor Michelle Presnall, who also teaches at Silva Valley. All three women also credited Justin’s parents, who worked with their son’s teachers to get him on track. Proud mom Kelley Heckman said, “This kid has worked so hard and I’m so proud of him.” Dad John Heckman noted that his son willingly does his homework before playtime — a fact that impressed Rotary Club President Wayne Lowery, who presented Justin with a plaque and $50.

Lowery called Justin a future leader and said if every child had the determination and support Justin received the future would be in great hands.

Noel Stack

Discussion | 3 comments

  • Don ClarkJanuary 09, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Way to go Justin! I've had the pleasure of coaching this fine young man in Soccer and he always give 100%. don clark

  • Tibon FamilyJanuary 09, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    Congratulations Justin!

  • Martin PowersJanuary 15, 2013 - 11:58 pm

    Great to see this wonderful award presented to such a hard worker like Justin. This acknowledgement does not surprise me at all. The Rotary Student of the Month Award is earned by so few.



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