Granville Junior-Senior High School has gone back-to-back with sophomores being selected for the “Good Apple Award,” with October’s recipient being Megan Decker.
Decker, a three-sport athlete in field hockey, basketball and softball, has shown excellence in and outside of the classroom to be nominated by several faculty and staff members.
“Megan is a leader for her peers,” social studies teacher Marie Kolodziejski said in her nomination of Decker. “She recently came to each of my social studies classes to discuss with them the importance of academics, asking for help and even offered her time and assistance to any student in need. Her knowledge as an upperclassman to our eight graders was invaluable. She did so with grace and a giant heart. I just really appreciate her positivity, kindness and leadership.”
Another teacher, Megan Lucia, commented on Decker’s willingness to engage with younger students and inspire them to make the most out of their time in Granville.
“Megan has grown so much throughout the past year and a half,” Lucia said. “Megan has recently been talking to eighth grade classes about how to succeed and more importantly, how to learn from their mistakes. Megan is an excellent role model to her peers, as well as younger students.”
After receiving a bag of Empire Apples, a half-gallon of apple cider and a wooden plaque from Hicks Orchard business development manager David Garvoille, Decker said it meant a lot to her to be recognized for her efforts in and out of school.
“It fulfills my heart to know that she (Kolodziejski) actually loves me!” Decker said before being hugged by Kolodziejski. “Just knowing that my teachers nominated me, it brings joy to me.”
The “Good Apple Award” was originated in January by Garvoille to spotlight Granville Junior/Senior High School students who go above and beyond in the classroom and in the community.
“That I definitely impacted people’s lives, not just only in my grade but grades below me, knowing that they want to take my footsteps in the future, it means a lot actually,” Decker said. “I didn’t know that I could impact someone’s life so quickly by just going to a classroom and talking about anything.”