Tuscaloosa City Schools, along with Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa and Legal Services of Alabama, will highlight and recognize Rising Star Character Students of the Month from each school in the district during the 2022-2023 school year. Each month, two to three outstanding TCS students will be highlighted in this series.

Amari Rice is Skyland Elementary School's Rising Star Character Student of the Month award recipient for the month of October.

Rice, a fifth grader, is a member of the Skyland Elementary School's Ambassador program.

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Rice was shocked when she was selected as her school's award recipient.

"I feel surprised. I didn't know I was going to get the award," Rice said at a ceremony in her honor Tuesday.

Rice said being a part of the Ambassador group, completing her work, making her friends smile, making everyone happy and overall being a good person are ways she demonstrates good character.

Rice said she wants to go to college and has aspirations of becoming a pediatrician. Her favorite subject is math and she enjoys playing both basketball and volleyball.

Selena Speight, Skyland Elementary's principal, said she and the fifth-grade team selected Rice because she is a "Skyland leader, one who soars."

"We expect students here to have self-determination, optimism, accountability and respect and Amari definitely shows all of those core values that we have here at Skyland Elementary," Speight said.

Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for to read more about the system's second October student of character later in this week and for more updates in this series through the rest of this academic year.

Rising Star Character Students of the Month

During the 2022-2023 school year, Tuscaloosa City Schools, along with Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa and Legal Services of Alabama, will highlight Rising Star Character Students of the Month from each school in the district, highlighting two to three students each month.

Here's a recap of the previously recognized students!

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