Sparta High School October Students of the Month

Michelle Skevin, Dr Johnson and Emily Melberger at the Board of Educaiton meeting. Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ- Sparta High School Principal Dr. Daniel Johnson attended the Board of Education meeting on Monday night to present the Students of the Month for October.

Each of the departments recognized a student along with Guidance Department, the Student Assistant Counselor and the Principal.

The Guidance award went to Michele Stanziale.  Of Michele they said, " [she] has worked for us in Guidance since the beginning of the year.  She is very reliable, takes on a great deal of work and has become a valuable member of the Guidance team.  All of the counselors and secretaries are confident in Michele's ability to get a task done.  Her work ethic coupled with her great personality are what makes Michele Stanziale our Guidance Student of the Month."

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John Kloian, the Math department student of the month, is a Junior who was  challenged earlier this year.  "He's been working really very hard and has seen the merits of that work," explains Dennis Sheeran, Math supervisor.

In the Science department they chose Eric Dobrowolski as October student of the month.  " Eric has displayed natural talent in the Biological Sciences. He thinks like a scientist as expressed through his high level questioning. Eric has the desire to understand the living world around him and applies biological concepts to his everyday life."

The English department named Jeremy Skiba noting that he too struggled "early in the marking period and he realized he needed to advocate for himself.  He went for extra help during lunch for an entire week before a major assessment and his high grade and his continued progress have shown the value of hard work and commitment."

Olivia Poles received recognition from the History department.  History Supervisor Steven Schels speaks of her  as "an outstanding freshman student in World History.  Not only is she conscientious about her work, she also asks thoughtful questions and provides detailed analyses of questions posed to her.  I know her interest in World History goes beyond simply achieving an A--she's adept at that.  Instead Olivia is truly interested in how different people, events, and eras in history are connected.  Additionally, she is a kind person.  She exhibits empathy towards her classmates and will often volunteer to help others in class when she can."

Sydney Liebman is Oct Student of the Month for the Art department.  Johnson relayed, "Sydney is an outstanding photography student who is producing great work for AP and Independent Study.  In addition, she is a Teacher’s Assistant in Intro to Art and is very helpful with the beginning students.  Sydney is also developing her wheel throwing skills for sculpture and has been involved in Art Club."

In the area of World Language Chelsea Rivera has been recognized for her achievement in French.   The department nomination says of Rivera, " Chelsea deserved the nomination for the effort and the work she puts in her studies of French. She often goes beyond what is asked of her in her essays or in her projects. The prezi she did with Amanda Pegher is an example of one of her work her teacher, Mr. Wessels, is very proud of."

Having been selected to be a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Choir has earned Emily Melberger the Oct Student of the Month in the area of Music.  Melberger is a member of the Choir, Honors Choir, Nightengales Women's Choir, Schacapella and is teaching assistant for the Freshman Select Choir.  She has successfully auditioned into the County Choir, All State Choir, All Eastern Choir, and now All National Choir.  Her teacher says, "she is a great role model to other musicians and we are very proud of her."

The Physical Education Student of the Month is Taryn Penna.  The Physical Education department nomination explains, "Taryn Penna showed excellence for the month of October in her Junior Physical Education class. She demonstrated skill and agility improvement in the unit for Tennis, in which her and doubles partner won close to 30 games for the unit coming in the top seed for the tournament."

"Taryn has always showed team sportsmanship being nominated a captain for the Football unit, and showed an increase in six out of her six events for her fitness unit in which the Physical Education department is using for their students student growth objective."

The Student Assistant Coordinator chose Connor Perkinson for the S.A.C. award.  Kacey Dalton says, " Connor has been tireless in his efforts to keep the student group Sources of Strength alive and active within our community.  He did the initial training that was offered two years ago and refused to let the group disband.  He is now working with Ms. Flannelly on supportive bulletin boards, identifying 'safe' areas in the school where students can go to be encouraged and/or accepted as well as a variety of other projects.  Connor also attended the bullying summit this year, came back and gave Ms. Dalton a full report and is our spokesperson for Sources of Strength at the club/activities fair.  Connor is a great example of what diligence and dedication can accomplish."

Johnson chose Michelle Skevin for the Principal's award.  At the board meeting Johnson explained, as a freshmen, Skevin had faced challenges making the transition to high school.  During the course of the year they developed a connection and she was able to become an honor roll student. As a sophomore she continues to be a dedicated student.  "I'm very proud of her," Johnson said.

Each month the Principal will announce the Students of the Month in his monthly newsletter to parents and present them at the board of education meetings.






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