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, Christopher Ruiz was selected as the NY Jets Upstander of the Week.
According to Class of 2022 Faculty Advisor, Susan Mele, Chris is a “true leader and leads by example.” During the past 2 fundraising efforts, he “sold a whopping 22 boxes of chocolate when only 4 were required.” He “offers encouragement to his team members, nicknamed Team Cocoa, and offered to sell chocolate for others who were struggling.” He “is always driven and enthusiastic” and his “work ethic is contagious!” Teacher/Director of Bands David Gallagher “agreed 100%” with the nomination. He stated, “He is an outstanding role model” and that he “works well with his peers in marching band and theater.” He described Chris as a “strong leader who creates a positive environment around him” In addition, Teacher Emma Pecoraro claimed that he is a “hard working student who is kind to others” and that he is “always willing to lend a hand” to students in her chemistry class!
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
Upstander of the Week: Week 7: Matthew Sullivan
Upstander of the Week: Week 8: Emma Rosenkilde
Upstander of the Week: Week 9: Michael O'Kane
Upstander of the Week: Week 10; Jordan Robinson
Upstander of the Week: Week 11 Rachel Cheren
Upstander of the Week: Week 12: Christian Escobar
Upstander of the Week: Week 13: Joseph "Jag" Sace
Upstander of the Week: Week 14: Ibn Mason
Upstander of the Week: Week 15: Christopher Ruiz