MORRISTOWN, NJ - For the 3rd consecutive year, Morristown High School is participating in the New York Jets “Upstander of the Week” Program. In order to be chosen, students must encourage positive dialogue among their peers and work to ensure that all students are respected and valued as members of the MHS community,
This week, Lance Dela Cruz was selected as the NY Jets Upstander of the Week.
According to teacher, Ms. Deborah Spencer, Lance is “an outstanding student and human being!” She claimed that he frequently stopped by her room during lunch last year. Many times, he “stopped working on his own classwork to help others who were struggling with their physics problems.” He would “keep on helping them until they got it right, often giving up his entire lunch period.” He “showed a level of selflessness that was remarkable for a high school student.” In addition, his Guidance Counselor recently commented on how “understanding” he was when he “encouraged a hysterically crying girl” to enter the room, giving up his previously scheduled appointment.
For each of 16 weeks during the 2018 NFL season, staff members will nominate students who demonstrate upstanding qualities of character similar to the Heart of the Colonial (i.e. kind, hard-working, responsible, honest, and respectful). One student will be selected each week, and he/she will be honored with a special T-shirt, and 2 tickets to a home NY Jets game.
"This program affords us the opportunity to highlight the positive contributions so many of our students make to our school and to our community", said Morristown High School Principal Mark Manning. "I want to extend my appreciation to the Jets organization for their willingness to partner with us to recognize some of our amazing students at MHS".
Full participation in the program may lead to a School Recognition Visit by New York Jets players. Morristown High School was a finalist in 2017 and 2018 and school officials are hoping that 2019 will be their year.
“I am honored to implement this tremendous program and to recognize students who demonstrate positive behavior", said Mele. "The New York Jets do a great deal for our community. They really do care!”
Upstander of the Week; Week 1; Kalen McNamara
Upstander of the Week: Week 2; Maya Dummett
Upstander of the Week: Week 3; Logan Adubato
Week 4: Bye Week
Upstander of the Week: Week 5; Loyd Burris
Upstander of the Week: Week 6; Lance Dela Cruz