Francisco Morales II, senior and drumline captain at Leesville Road High School, recently earned the Wake County Spotlight on Students Award along with 44 other students. Each school from Wake County nominated one student who was deserving of the award.
On Tuesday, January 24, the Wake County School Board presented students with the award at the special recognitions meeting. Two ceremonies were held in order to divide up the amount of students getting recognized.
In order to be nominated for the Spotlight on Students award, one has to posses exceptional character. Mrs. Angie Stephenson, an English teacher at LRHS, wrote the letter of recommendation for Morales after seeing first hand his hard-working and optimistic spirit in one of her classes.
In the letter, she expressed the several reasons as to why Morales was an exceptional nominee for the award. “He exudes a calmness and sense of confidence that is reassuring and kind. He is the epitome of an individual who is a silent, but powerful, influence on others through his daily actions and interactions,” wrote Stephenson.
She also referenced how, even in trying times, Morales demonstrates composure and positivity. “I am sure Fran feels stress throughout the day, but he does not let that distract him from his purpose or influence the way he treats others,” wrote Stephenson.
When Morales found out he had won the Spotlight on Students award, he was happy but also extremely honored. “I was shocked at first but It’s a good feeling knowing that my efforts to improve on myself as a student and as a person have paid off,” said Morales.
Receiving such a prestigious award could cause an increase in anyone’s confidence, however Morales remains humble and will continue to be an outstanding student and person.