MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown High School senior Zachary Norton has been named NY Jets "Upstander of the Week".
The "Upstander of the Week" is a new initiative that has begun at Morristown High School. The new program was started by Susan Mele, a MHS Student Assistance Counselor after she attended the New York Jets "Stomp Out Bullying" symposium over the summer. The program will continue through the 16 weeks of NFL season.
Morristown High School students become an "Upstander" when they encourage positive dialogue among their peers and work to ensure all students are respected and valued as members of the MHS community. Students need to be recommended to the School Safety Team for consideration.
Students need to 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 receive a special t-shirt, parent bumper sticker, 3 tickets to a home NY Jets game, and a parking pass. Full participation in the program may lead to a School Recognition Visit by NY Jets players.
According to the school, Zachary was chosen during week #1 because of his exceptional leadership skills and the positive character traits that are emphasized at Morristown High School. He gets along well with others, has a strong work ethic, and always goes above and beyond to support his fellow Colonials, the school said.
""It is really exciting when our high school can partner with organizations like the New York Jets and the NFL to recognize our students' positive contributions to improving the climate and culture in our school", said Principal Mark Manning. "I want to express my deep appreciation to the Jets organization for this inspiring and generous opportunity".