SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro has announced the Students of the Month for January.  Each area of study at the high school has nominated a student to represent the department.  Additionally a Student Athlete is names along with Teacher of the Month.

Jordan Trzcinski was selected to represent the Physical Education department.  His teacher said, “Jordan Trzcinski was an exceptional health education student for me this past month. Aside from his exemplary grades, having received an A plus for the marking period, Jordan was counted on as someone who took the responsibility of learning the material each day and applying it to the practical part of Senior Health- American Red Cross. He always seems to give his best effort each and every day.  Jordan was truly a pleasure to have in my class this year.”

The Science department nominated Emma Moyle.  Her teacher said, “Emma is a friendly, positive, participatory and conscientious leader in our CP Enviro class. She is always eager to lend a hand to anyone who needs assistance with make up work or clarification during a lab or activity. Emma maintains her A average in science and provides a great example for her peers by going above and beyond.”

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Senior Rachael Schmidt is the English department student of the month.  Her teacher said, “https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifRachael is the picture of hard work and personal responsibility. Not only does she self-advocate in a way that more students should, but she will work, and work, and work until she understands something, regardless of how difficult the concept is. She wants to learn and understands full well that the responsibility for that falls squarely on her shoulders. Rachael is an excellent student, driven, mature, and devoted to success.” 

In the Technology, Career and Consumer Science department Conor Smetana stood out to his teacher.  “Conor is an aspiring engineer.  He demonstrates a high level of enthusiasm, determination and technical aptitude in the areas of mechanical design and computer science.  

[As a member of the VEX Robotics team] He has led his team through many design challenges throughout the robotics competition season. Currently, the team that he leads, 5249A better known as “ZEATS” is ranked fifth in the state of New Jersey for programming and driver skill.  Conor and his team have also earned their way to the New Jersey State Robotics Championships that will take place next month.”

Spanish student Amy Betancourth was chosen to represent the World Language Department. Her teacher said, “Amy is special because she devotes a lot of time to excel in Spanish and she has a true calling for this language. She is very modest, friendly, hardworking, and cooperative when other students need her help.”

Payton Markvicka was selected by the Social Studies department.  Her teacher said, “[Payton is an] AP psychology student who is exceptional. She has excellent study habits and has had three or four 100's on tests this year.”

Junior Parker Sokol represents the Art department for January. His teacher said, “He is a very talented young photographer that challenges himself by taking an array of photographs and is constantly wanting to try new things. He is in my room almost every lunch wanting to go that extra mile in his projects. He is also a huge help to his peers- he helps other students learn the camera and photoshop. I always look forward to all his photographs.”

The Business department nominated  Jane Sosik.  Sosik’s teacher said, “Jane is a senior who has proven to be an excellent leader in DECA and in her marketing class. She goes above and beyond in helping other students prepare quality presentations and is an integral part in the operation of the school store. She is a proven entrepreneur, starting her own business as part of a DECA project that is now a legitimate business that is thriving. She is awesome!”

Honors Precalculus student James Wang represents the Mathematics department.  His teacher said, “James has been a strong student all year, but has been especially impressive this past month.  He has done nearly flawless work on some very difficult assessments.  He has been very insightful with his contributions during class time.  He has truly stood out as a strong student, in a strong group of students.  He has risen to every challenge that I have presented the class with. “

Multisport athlete Paige Smith is the Student Athlete of the Month for January.  The girls varsity basketball coach Cathy Willie said. “Paige is a junior this year and is one of my 3 captains. She also starts for me.  She is a leader on and off the floor. She is averaging eight points per game, four rebounds per game two steals per game and an assist in each game. 

She is my all around best player.  She is my best defender and when she is on the floor our team is under control and playing well.  Academically, she is at the top of her class.”

Principal Ferraro presented Special Education teacher Jennifer Schock with a certificate noting she is the Teacher of the Month for January.