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Justine Michelle Bane

2011 L.J. Hart and Company Scholarship

Justine Michelle Bane is a graduate of La Plate High School, La Plate, Missouri.  She is currently attending Hannibal-LaGrange University - Hannibal, Missouri, majoring in Early Childhood Education.

Growing up in a small community, Justine feels she can relate to the students and the atmosphere of a rural school. The atmosphere that a small community provides is a breath of fresh air to 'starved lungs.'  A rural school tends to meet the needs of the students in the area giving them direct attention. During my school experience, we were taught that if you work hard, try your best, and have fun then that is all that matters.  I see this as a guide in the classroom that I would want, that student's first need to enjoy learning and then they will want to take the incentive and better themselves.

One of her former teachers shares that Justine is highly motivated to complete the task at hand and goes well beyond what is expected of her in any situation.  Her many attributes include high standards, a strong work ethic, and a pleasant personality.  Another outstanding memory of Justine is that she maintained perfect attendance for all her years in school, K-12.

A college instructor shares that Justine has been one of her students for the last three years.  In addition to being a very energetic and conscientious student in her studies and daily interactions, through her classroom instruction and the assessment of elementary students, she has displayed a real connection to children.  Through these teaching experiences, Justine has shown she has excellent potential for success as a rural teacher.

Coming from a small community, Justine wants to be able to give back to small towns and communities by helping others and providing opportunities to the district students.

We offer congratulations to Justine Bane as the 2011 L.J. Hart & Company Scholarship recipient.