Students of the Month for Sparta High School

Credits: Jennifer Dericks
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
Rory Fitzgerald, Director of Guidance, presented the Students of the Month at the May board of education meeting. Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ- Rory Fitzgerald, Director of Guidance at Sparta High School. presented the Students of the Month for April at the May board of education meeting.  Each month a student is selected to represent each of the departments in the school, along with recognition from the guidance department and the principal.

Brianna Cannici was named for the Math department.  "Brianna Cannici has had dramatic changes in attitude, focus and effort," said her math teacher.  Her efforts have resulted in an improvement in her grades.

For Technology, Career and Consumer studies Luke McKay received recognition.  "Luke McKay has gone above and beyond the requirements associated with being Doug Krauland's teacher's assistant in Broadcast Journalism.  His knowledge on the subject matter has had a positive effect on students.  By sharing his experiences as well as assisting students within the broadcast journalism class, he has emerged as a valuable asset in the classroom."

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The Art department selected Jamie Klecha.  "Jamie Klecha is a senior who is creative and puts tremendous effort into craftsmanship, composition and meaning.  As an A student in both Advanced 2D Art and Advanced 3D Art, she is a very thoughtful worker who challenges herself with every new project." 

The English department had two outstanding students for April.  "Kyle Mc Grath has been doing wonderfully in English this month.  While writing and analyzing have been difficult for Kyle, since working on the senior paper, he has never written so well.  Not only does Kyle work hard and use the class time given to him to the best of his advantage, but he also takes the time out to work on his paper with a tutor.  Kyle has also done a great job with advocating for himself when he does not understand something or needs clarification.  Despite challenges he has been able to work on his required volunteer hours.  Kyle has not only been excelling in English this month; he is also juggling being the captain of the golf team." 

The other English department student is Kathy Crawford.  "Kathy Crawford has been selected for student of the month after her teacher read her marvelous research paper.  Kathy has been performing well all year, and with no senioritis evident at all.  This discovery paper met all the requirements and then some, with a self-generated question that required real-world, investigative research, a research road trip that enabled her to discover more about the topic question than what she had initially presumed and a conclusion that truly grasped the old ideas and realized new ones.  Her work is meticulous and her content poignant.  Kathy is a reader.  She loves the written word  and truly is a top notch English student."

Crawford was also chosen by the Social Studies department.  "Kathy Crawford is an ambitious and diligent student in the AP Psychology class, who goes above and beyond normal student expectations.  She takes her education very seriously and is always prepared for tests and assignments.  She actively participates in class, as well, and brings insights and knowledge to topics discussed.  Always present, she is a kind and generous student and friend to many of her classmates."


Eric Hood has nominated his Russian 5 student Yaminah Agosto.  "Yaminah was chosen as a student of the month because of her high grades, positive attitude in class and her participation."

Claire Vreeland has been recognized for Science.  "Claire excels in science and with critical thinking concepts.  She is a dedicated learner and has a strong sense of commitment to education.  Her participation and helpfulness in class is contagious.  Claire advocates for herself and others as well as continuing to contribute positivity and knowledge to the classroom."

For the Guidance department, Lauren Waselik was recognized.  "Sparta High School is very proud of Lauren Waselik who recently wont the Sussex County School Counselors Association  Caring Award for 2014."

Tiernan Doyle was chosen to represent the Music department.  "Tiernan is a Freshman concert choir student who has shown great improvement and commitment to the choir."

"Emilie Sullivan has earned the Physical Education Student of the Month.  Her exceptional enthusiasm and work ethic have made her a standout this marking period.  She excels on activity and fitness days as a leader and motivates her classmates.  She has really stepped up her game this year in PE."

Finally, the Principal's recognition goes to Alyssa Cox this month.  "Alyssa Cox has worked hard during the course of this school year.  This effort is demonstrated in her excellent grades.  In addition, Alyssa has done an excellent job working in our Media Center this school year as a cooperative education student.  In this, she has been integral in assisting Ms Hyland with the varied aspects of running that area of the school.  Lastly, when she has not been busy in the Media Center, Ms Cox has come over to the main office to assist when needed.  She has been an excellent role model for the position."

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