M'ryle-Nicole Spencer, 13, is recognized at the Central Texas Incredible Kids Celebration Thursday, April 10. Spencer is an eighth-grader at Copperas Cove Junior High.

Rusty Schramm | FME News Service

Copperas Cove Junior High School student M’ryle Nycole Spencer was one of 10 area students recognized as 2014 Central Texas Incredible Kids at the annual ceremony April 10 at Bell County Expo Center.

Reginald Perry, a teacher at the school, nominated M’ryle for befriending a student who experienced problems integrating with his peers after having behavioral and social issues in the past. It was because of M’ryle’s friendship and encouragement the previously troubled student grew, changed and fit in with healthy peer groups.

“She is one of those young people who makes you want to question the negative stereotypes placed on typical adolescents,” said Perry, reading his nomination letter during the award ceremony. “M’ryle impacts others so gracefully that she doesn’t stand out in the crowd, but her impact is profound, nonetheless.”

Joe Burns, Copperas Cove Independent School District superintendent, expressed the school district’s sense of excitement and pride.

“M’ryle’s desire to be a friend to shy, reluctant or struggling students is a tremendous attribute for a young person to demonstrate in today’s society,” he said.

The daughter of Ruth Spencer, M’ryle is eager to one day attend a good college so she can continue to serve the community and pay tribute to her school, of which she is very proud.

A talented athlete, she also enjoys power-lifting, basketball, and track and field.

The Central Texas Youth Coalition consists of the Belton Christian Youth Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas, Centex Chargers Homeschool Sports Association and Ralph Wilson Youth Clubs.

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