SPARTA, NJ-  Sparta High School principal Ronnie Spring announces the October Students of the Month 2019.  Every month a student is selected to represent each department, nominated by teachers.

The English department chose Ben Ryan.  His teacher said, “Ben Ryan, recently moved here from abroad and is an extraordinary student. He is meticulous with his work, but what makes him so valuable in class are his contributions to our discussions. Not only does he participate in a thoughtful and conscientious manner, but he is always sharing with us the cultural relevance and various nuances of his experiences abroad, including how other schools operate, how kids learn, how teachers teach, etc. It's really interesting how he brings his cultural knowledge from his time in Ireland and the Philippines into the American classroom.”

Evan Oleinyk represents the science department.  His teacher said, “Evan is a critical thinker who consistently applies natural phenomena to topics discussed in class. He exhibits interest and enthusiasm, inspiring his peers to do the same. He is a positive role model who has really exemplified a great science student, especially this month.”

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The social studies department selected Alexis Titus.  Her teacher said, “ Alexis Titus is a senior in a United States History 1 class and excels in work ethic and participation. She has been helpful to her teachers, Mr. Wille and Mr. Carter, by aiding other students who need assistance with a project or assignment. She is a great help in a classroom of underclassmen.”

Jack Maraziti was nominated by the physical education department.  His teacher said, “Jack has maintained 100% average throughout the class, including scoring a perfect score of 100 on the New Jersey state test.”

Katharina Cohen was chosen by the mathematics department.  Her teacher said, “Katharina has done an excellent job in class asking questions and showing initiative when it comes to the lesson. She works great in groups constantly encouraging her classmates during group activities. She is highly motivated and brings great energy to class.”

Student photographer Thomas Trela was selected by the art department.  His teacher said, “Thomas has spent numerous extra hours in the photo room working hard on his photography. He entered the Sparta Camera Clubs annual Photo expo and won first place in the under 17 category. You can see the hard work is paying off. His skills have also grown tremendously since last year. Attached is a photo from the event.”

The technology, career and consumer science department is represented by Elizabeth Holden.  Her teacher said, “Elizabeth is a student in my Creative Culinary class. She had been acting terrific asset to her kitchen group due to her patience and sweet personality. Elizabeth volunteered to with a few students who require additional assistance for various reasons and has been a positive influence on them. She is always polite and helpful in general. Elizabeth is nothing but cooperative and understanding. She is always willing to go the extra mile.”