(Posted Oct. 17, 2023)
The London Rotary Club is pleased to honor senior Kyla McCoy as Madison-Plains High School’s October Student of the Month.
Students of the month are selected by school administrators based on their academic and extracurricular achievement and positive character.
Kyla has a 4.155 grade point average and is ranked second in her class. Her favorite course is CTE Leadership.
Kyla has been involved in FFA during her high school years, earning her Greenhand, Chapter, and State degrees. She also has earned the Star Greenhand Award, Star Chapter Award, Star Junior Award, and Premier Leadership Award. She has served as chapter sentinel and vice president and competed on the following CDE teams: parliamentary procedure (three years), meat judging (one year), job interview (two years), and livestock judging (one year).
Additionally, Kyla has been a cheerleader, earning two letters cheering for varsity football and three letters cheering for varsity basketball. She won the Rising Star Award during the 2020-21 school year, was a UCA All-American cheerleader in 2022, and won the Eagle Award for the 2022-23 school year.
She is this year’s student council secretary, National Honor Society president, and senior class president. She served last year as the junior class vice president. She also was this year’s homecoming queen.
Outside of school, Kyla is the co-president of the Fairfield Rascals 4-H Club, has shown goats at the Madison County fair for nine years, and was the 2022 Madison County Junior Fair goat ambassador. She has been a member of the Madison County Junior Fair Board and is a Kayle Mast Photography senior ambassador.
When asked to name a Madison-Plains staff member who inspires her, Kyla named April Sparks, assistant principal at the 7-12 building.
“Her dedication to Madison-Plains truly shows each day in the school building. She goes out of her way to stay involved with the students even though she does not see them each day in the classroom,” Kyla said. “Mrs. Sparks also works very hard to make school enjoyable for the students and always has a positive and personable demeanor. It is very obvious that she strives to keep the student body involved by coming up with new activities that interest everyone. Although she has only been at Madison-Plains for a short amount of time, she has truly made a positive impact on many and has become such an inspiration to the students at our school.”
About Kyla, Sparks said, “Kyla is a true leader who leads by example. Her love for her school is evident in her actions and her efforts to help it develop. She acts with integrity in everything she does. I know Kyla has a bright future ahead of her and am excited to see what she accomplishes.”
After graduation, Kyla plans to attend a four-year university to major in education or agricultural business. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Michael English.
The London Rotary Club has a proud history dating back to 1929. It is a member of Rotary International, a volunteer organization of 1.2 million businesses and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build good will and peace.