SPARTA, NJ- Sparta High School principal Ronnie Spring has announced the December Students of the Month 2019.  Every month a student is selected to represent each department, nominated by teachers.

The English department chose Brooke Fastnacht.  Her teacher said, “Brooke Fastnacht is the English Department's student of the month because she is always on time, prepared for class, and eager to learn. She helps those around her whenever they're in need, and she's passionate about the content we cover in a way that engages the rest of the class. She actively seeks and applies feedback, and she's constantly reflecting to better herself as a student and person. Brooke is a star student, and everyone should be lucky to have her in their class.”

Lily Hoffman was selected by Russell Brown for her work in his Environmental Science.  Brown said, “She is a very conscientious student and inspires others in her class to work harder when they work with her. She is always respectful and takes great pride in her work. She made a great biogeochemical poster to represent nutrients traveling through the environment.”

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The Social Studies department nominated junior Chris Pierson for his work in his economics class.  His teacher said, “Chris is a motivated young man who is always the first to get involved in the class discussion. His insight and comprehension of complex economic concepts enhances discussion and involves the whole class. He is intellectually curious and often asks questions in order to deepen his understanding of the topic.”

Joe Byrnes was chosen to represent the World Language department for his work in German 3.  His teacher Christiane Wessels said, “Joe is an all-around exceptional student in German 3 with an A average. He is attentive and a hard worker with a positive attitude for learning. In December, he had perfect attendance, gave an oral research presentation to the class on a current event, and as part of student government, decorated the homeroom doors for the holidays and coordinated with other students in homeroom, where he is also my student.”

Vincent Apostolico was selected by the physical education department.  Apostolico’s teacher said, “Vincent is an awesome student. Vincent maintains an A+ in Junior Health class. He is very kind, respectful, diligent, cooperative, and consistent. Vincent always has a great demeanor and work ethic. He works hard every day and is a pleasure to have in class. He is very deserving of this award.”

Emily Yarnall represents the music department for December.  Yarnall’s teachers said, “Emily is involved in nearly every aspect of the music department as a member of Honors Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band (teaching assistant), Drum Major of the Marching Band, Spring Musical Pit Orchestra, Blues, Inc!, Blues Sanction, Women's Choir, and Honors Philharmonic. Emily has also been accepted into the Sussex County Honor Band this year. Emily is often the first to volunteer and step up when needed. She is an excellent musician, and wonderful role model for her peers.”


Mary Digiuseppe was chosen by the mathematics department. Her teachers said, “Mary currently has a 96.2 average. Mary comes to class every day with a smile on her face, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn. Mr. Franks sees how eager she is to improve her skills and is always willing to go out of her way to help others. Mary also has a wonderful and infectious personality that is welcomed and enjoyed by all around her. Mrs. Allshouse and I are very fortunate to have Mary in our class, as she truly brightens up our day and keeps reminding us why we became teachers.”

Introduction to Photography student Lena Podbielski was selected to represent the art department.  Her teacher said, “She was my model for three classes enduring special effect makeup. She was really awesome and patient with everything. She dressed up and really posed for all three of my Intro classes that day, making and creating great photos for her colleagues.”

The Technology, Career and Consumer Sciences department nominated Jessica Drozd. Culinary Arts teacher Jenevieve D’Amico said, “Jessica is an outstanding student and should be recognized for her achievements in class. Jessica is always there to help and go the extra mile. She cooks and bakes on her own at home completing extra enrichment assignments. Jessica is a great asset in the classroom as well, helping other students and often staying behind to assist me with lab duties. Jessica is a very sweet and respectable young woman and is well liked by all her peers.”