SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro has announced the Students of the Month for December.  Every month teachers from each department select a student to represent the department.

Spencer Stewart was selected by the English department.  Stewart’s teacher said, “Spencer is a hard worker who pushes forward regardless of the struggle. He has helped his classmates to improve their writing by giving thoughtful peer editing advice. His extraordinary efforts this marking period and his work ethic and commitment to achievement make him a valuable member of the class. He is well-liked by his teachers and peers and has a bright future ahead of him.”

The mathematics department chose Kaetana DeGiovanni.  “Kaetana is a sophomore doubling up in CP Geometry and CP Algebra 2. Kaetana shows tremendous effort and dedication to her studies,” DeGiovanni’s teacher Jacki Vybihal said. “She works hard, frequently offers up answers, helps out her peers, and is highly motivated is extremely proud of all that she does, and she certainly deserves the recognition.”

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From the Physical Education, Mia Pulido was nominated.  Her teacher said, “Mia has excelled in senior health class this marking period. Mia also demonstrates an interest and enthusiasm in the course material.”

German student Liam Rust was chosen to represent the World Language department. Rust’s teacher said, “Liam is a deserving student of the month. Liam is a strong student who contributes actively in class, works well with other students, and is a positive influence on other students. Liam is active with the Sparta HS German Club and participated in our community event at the Sparta Christmas Market.”

The social studies department selected Olivia Agius.  Her teacher explained, “Olivia volunteered to complete a community service project for both the History of Genocide class and the Metrowest community organization. For this project Olivia traveled away from school on multiple occasions to visit and interview a Holocaust survivor who lives in New Jersey. Olivia spent many hours traveling, meeting and interviewing the survivor and has been in the process of preparing an extensive biography of the survivor, which Olivia will submit both for class and for Metrowest.

“The purpose of the project is to both to document the lives and experiences of survivors for historical value and to help a younger generation develop a ‘living memory’ to understand and communicate the experiences survivors endured to future generations. This serves to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, to ensure that it will be remembered, and to help prevent future genocides.”

Introduction to Art students Zoe Ameen was chosen by the art department. Her teacher said, “Zoe is a natural, dedicated artist who always goes above and beyond to complete projects, including taking work home to put in extra effort, carefully listening and following directions, asking good thoughtful questions. She is focused on her excellent skill and developing original and unique artwork.”

The Technology, Career and Consumer Science department selected Justin Melick.  Melick’s teacher said, “Justin has done an exceptional job in Entrepreneurship class and the DECA competition, participating in an Entrepreneurship Team competitive event, qualifying for the State competition.

“He recently excelled by visiting Laura Sofen's middle school classes, offering students advice on the 20Time projects her classes are working on which are various types of businesses. He offered excellent marketing advice and suggestions and went above and beyond by telling students he would be willing to help them throughout the year and sharing their contact information. He acted as a true professional and did an amazing job.”

Multifaceted music student Zander Papandrikos was chosen from the music department.  Papandrikos’ teachers’ said, “Zander is a student involved in many aspects of the music department including Honors Wind Ensemble, Honors Chorus, Men's Choir, Freshman Select Choir, Blues, Inc!, Blues Sanction, Marching Band, Fall Drama, and Spring Musical. In addition to simply being a member of those group, he is actively a leader in the way he conducts himself. He is an extremely hard worker, is courteous of his peers, and is tremendously talented to boot.”

Harrison Francisco was chosen by the science department.