Being a good student doesn’t mean excelling at just schoolwork, as Michael Dougherty proves. The 12-year-old is a well-rounded young man with an aptitude for kindness, his sixth-grade teacher at Holy Spirit, 1845 Hartranft St., Kathleen Heffron said.
“Michael is a true gentleman in every manner of definition,” she said. “He is kind gentle and works extremely hard each day in class.”
The now-seventh-grader stellar work-ethic allows him to succeed, especially in his favorite subjects of science and spelling. He also has a great sense of humor, Heffron said.
“He even makes the teacher laugh often,” she said of the student who came from Stella Maris, 814 Bigler St., which closed two years ago. The resident of the 3100 block of Juniper Street’s role models are his family members. While he has respect for his family and teachers, that attitude also applies to his peers.
“I have also never seen him speak ill of anyone he interacts with academically or socially,” she said.
Apart from his gentle and hard-working qualities, Michael enjoys the sports any young man loves, including martial arts, partial-body karate, boxing and baseball. Michael, who last year made his confirmation at Stella Maris, 10th and Bigler streets, would like to become an artist.
“It is my distinct pleasure and honor to meet a young man of Mike’s caliber,” Heffron said.
Michael Dougherty will receive a $50 Visa gift card from ShopRite of Snyder Plaza, 29 Snyder Ave. If you are a teacher or full-time educator and would like to nominate a student (first through 12th grades), call 215-336-2500 ext. 117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.