SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School Principal Dr Daniel Johnson announced the Students of the Month for January.  WIth the January board of educaion meeting postponed and many school closing  due to winter weather, these students were announced along with the February students of the month.  

Each department nominates a student each month to receive the honor.

Gretchen Bowie was nominated by the Mathematics department.  Her teacher said, “Gretchen demonstrates hard work on a daily basis.  She participates and asks questions in class to help with mastery.  She is polite and respectful to her peers and works well with her classmates.  Gretchen was able to raise her grade nine points from the first to the second marking period.

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For Science Holly DeCataldo was named student of the month.  “Holly is a talented, focused student of chemistry whose positive character is readily evident.  Her conscientiousness and attention to detail come through in any assignment that she completes.  Holly demonstrates excellent practical skills in lab, which is complemented by her ability to analyze data and draw conclusions.”

The English department recognized Bader “Buddy” Al-Aydi.  “Buddy is always working hard to understand everything we are doing in English class and he is always willing to participate. Buddy wants to help his classmates whenever he can and can be seen as a positive role model in the classroom.  He is also a willing risk-taker to improve his writing.  Buddy is quite possibly one of the most enthusiastic and focused students his teacher has ever had.” 

Sophomore Emily Lake is the Social Studies student of the month who “excels in Ari Reinstein’s United States 1 history class. She is intelligent and informed about current events. Her participation in class is an asset.”


For the Art department Nicole McGahey is recognized.  “Nicole is a creative young lady who challenges her own visual art skills.  She is a talented student with a dedication to completing work on time and always doing her best.  She is always respectful and responds in a positive way, with a smile, to all input.”

Sophomore Connor Dick is the Student of the Month for World Language.  “It is a pleasure to recognize Connor Dick as the Outstanding Student of the Month for Spanish. Currently, Connor is a student in Spanish III and his work is impeccable.  He exerts great care in all assignments and has earned an A+ for each of the first two marking periods of this year.  He is expected to be inducted into to the Spanish National Honor Society this spring. Congratulations for all his efforts.”

The Music department recognized Johnna Margalotti. Johnna is the concertmaster of the Honors Philharmonic Orchestra at Sparta High School. She is a dedicated member of our Chamber Music Club and Strings Club.  She is a member of the Honors Choir and Shaccapella Choir as well as the New Sussex Symphony.  She has played violin and been a leader in the orchestra program for the past nine years.”

Michael Witten received the nomination from the Physical Education department.  Michael displays excellent teamwork and sportsmanship, is a great volleyball players, and is always willing to help set-up and break-down equipment when asked.”

Benjamin Dottinger was recognized by the Technology, Careers and Consumer Science department.  “Cooperative, flexible, enthusiastic, hardworking, caring, creative and dependable are worthy descriptions of Ben.  Ben is a person who accepts and utilizes constructive criticism, evaluates his work, and displays a determination to improve.  He is a great role model for other students.  I strongly recommend Ben to be a student of the month for the digital toolkit class.”

February Students of the Month will be coming a separate article.