Sparta High School December Students of the Month

From Left- Cody Matheson, Science Supervisor Marisa Wilson, Doug Triolo and AJ Thomas were recognized at the Sparta Board of Education meeting for recognition as Dec Students of the Month. Also in attendance but not pictured - Daniel Parker, Jr. Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta High School Students of the Month for December were announced at the board of education meeting on Monday night.  Science Supervisor, Marisa Wilson spoke about each of the nominees, as identified by the various department supervisors and liaisons of the high school.

Guidance student of the month is Andrew Thomas. Guidance Director Rory Fitzgerald spoke of Thomas. "Not only is AJ pleasant band polite every day he arrives to the IT room here in Guidance, he has helped us trouble shoot computer issues on multiple occasions in his 21st Century IT internship capacity.  He also stepped right in when we were struggling with a leaky fridge that needed to be hauled outside to defrost.  I think this speaks to his character as a student and beyond."

Cody Matheson was recognized for the Mathematics department.  Matheson has an A- average for the first and second marking periods and is noted to be a hard worker.  His teacher comments that he comes in for extra help at least once a week and is quick to ask for additional practice questions.

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Honors Physics student Maya Ellington received her nomination from the Science department.  "Ellington has shown tremendous improvement in her physics grades in the second marking period making her one of the top students in that class.  The senior asks insightful questions and works hard to master concepts," according to her physics teacher.

Sophomore Emily Johnson is the English department Student of the Month.  According to her teacher, she is "far and away my best student so far this year.  She is always attentive and taking assiduous notes.  Emily always gives 110% as evidenced by her grade point average.  She is a throwback to the student of old, one who cares not just for her academic standing but for her education as well.  In fact, I dare say, she is more concerned with the expansion of her mind's horizons than anything that could be put down on paper, which includes a GPA!"

In Social Studies Caroline Stoch is commended for having "excelled in both individual and group work where her leadership, knowledge and skills has helped others learn."  Stoch is additionally recognized for "her positive attitude and consistent work ethic" which "adds to an engaging classroom with high level thinkers. "  Stoch currently has a grade of 95.7% in her social studies class.

From the World Language department Daniel Parker has been nominated for his work in Spanish.  His teacher explains, " Daniel has made tremendous strides in Spanish since last year.  His confidence and achievement have increased greatly.  He participates daily, does his homework and he has become outstanding with his Spanish abilities."

Art department nominee Erin Cannon is enrolled in AP Studio Art and is a Teacher's Assistant.  Her art teacher describes Cannon as, "unbelievably creative and a strong artist."  Additionally, "Erin keeps experimenting with materials and trying new things every day and encourages others in the classes."  Demonstrating her dedication to her art, Cannon can be found in the art rooms before and after school, working long hours building her portfolio.  She has been accepted to Montclair State University . Cannon has a piece entered in the Wallkill Art show.

Victoria Munro has been recognized for the Music department for her talent playing the flute.  "This kid is a super kid.  Her overall performance is one of the best among her peers, has a very mature attitude and was top flute for jazz auditions.  She encourages her peers and does so without showing off.  Victoria is always willing to push herself and remains open-minded about everything. Such a great attitude."

Physical Education instructors describe Student of the Month Alec Hopper as "overall an awesome student.  He is polite, knowledgeable, has great sportsmanship and gives his all in every class.  He has made incredible goals in floor hockey and ran a 72 during a class practice Pacer test."

Doug Triolo has been recognized for his work as an "outstanding contributor to the Technology Career and Consumer Science department over his four years at Sparta High School."  He has been nominated, in part because "most recently he has taken a lead role as the captain of one of our three robotic teams in his Robotic Engineering 2 class.  He has aided his team in the development of a design that will represent Sparta High School  in regional competitions across the state.  He exemplifies the spirit of Sparta initiative in all of his efforts."

Dr Daniel Johnson has chosen Lucas Faria as the recipient of the Principal's award.  Of Faria, Johnson says, "Lucas is both an excellent student and great athlete.  Lucas helped bring the Sparta Football team a State Championship while remaining focused on academics and being a positive voice in the Sparta High School student body."

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