SPARTA, NJ – Another year draws to a close Sparta Middle School Principal Michael Gregory announced the Students of the Fourth Marking Period for the 2016-2017 school year.  The teachers of the three academic teams in each grade level recognized two students for their notable actions and contribution to the Sparta Middle School community. 

The sixth grade teams are Amber, Sapphire and Topaz.

The Amber team nominated Jonathan Byrnes and Cassandra Lasko. 

Byrnes’ teacher said, “Jonathan Byrnes is a quiet and conscientious student.  His diligence in performing to the best of his ability is admirable.  He displays a strong work ethic.  His love of reading is evident based upon his meaningful contributions to class discussions.  He is an asset in all his classes.”

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Lasko’s teachers said, “Cassandra Lasko is a considerate and caring student.  She is always helpful to both her teachers and fellow students. Cassandra comes to class with a positive attitude and a desire to learn.  She works hard and always puts forth her best effort.  She is a positive role model to her peers.”

The Sapphire team nominated Brooke Fastnacht and Jack Hill.

Fastnacht’s teachers said, “Brooke Fastnacht is an extremely hardworking young lady who embraces challenges and is not afraid to ask questions for clarification.  She shows a true love of learning and possess all of the student skills necessary to succeed in the future.”

Hills teachers said, “Jack Hill is a diligent, young man who always gives his best effort.  He is unassuming, yet positive and will frequently encourage others.  He is kind and considerate and a true delight to have in our classes.”

The Topaz team nominated Maddox Corbin and Emily Kruger.

Corbin’s teachers said, “Maddox Corbin is a personable young man who has a positive influence on the class.  He works well with other students and pulls them into the learning process.  He is curious, eager to learn, and willing to take intellectual risks.”


Kruger’s teachers said, “Emily Kruger is outgoing and friendly and goes out of her way to make everyone feel included and comfortable.  She demonstrates great responsibility and maturity above her grade level.  She is willing to work hard and put forth the effort to strive for success.”

The seventh grade teams are Diamond, Garnet and Ruby.

The Diamond team selected Lauren Ambrosino and Eric Drossel.

Ambrosino’s teachers said, “Lauren Ambrosino is a source of pride for the Diamond Team.  She is a student who understands what a true learner is.  She has developed a sense of depth and insight that reaches beyond the assignment, and is conscientious in all she does.  Regardless of the task at hand whether it’s a simple piece for homework or a major project, Lauren goes above and beyond to produce outstanding work.  Additionally, she is a kind and considerate classmate and friend, always ready to help and ease the burdens of others.  The diamond Team teachers are truly proud of her accomplishments, and consider her a role model to all.

Drossel’s teacher said, “Eric Drossel is a kind and outgoing young man. He is a student who takes his assignments seriously and still finds ways to infuse humor and enthusiasm in his studies.  He is fun-loving and gregarious, always making a point to include everyone around him.  Eric is a kind person and a good friend to all, always stepping up to help others.  He is one of the polished diamonds of the team who can be counted on to make the right choices.”


The Garnet team selected Joe Byrnes and Cassandra Dizon. 

Byrnes’ teachers said, “Joe Byrnes brings a very strong work ethic to whatever he does.  He pays attention to details and is a leader in classroom activities, discussions, and projects. Joe is proactive, insightful, respectful, and he is a student that others to for assistance.  Joe is also a proud and invaluable member of the SMS Coffee Club.  We are delighted to have Joe as a member of the Garnet Team and wish him all the best in his future.

Dizon’s teachers said, “Cassandra Dizon is a very hard working student who continues to aspire to improve.  She consistently has a positive attitude and is helpful to her fellow Garnet.  This young lady does not  miss a day of wishing teachers and students a good day with a bright smile.  Also, a member of the Coffee Club, Cassie takes pride in giving back to others.  We wish her luck and success in her new school and surroundings next year.”

The Ruby team students are Jack Maraziti and Kayleigh Simpson.

Maraziti’s teachers said, “Jack Maraziti is extremely diligent, actively participates and adds to classroom discussions.  This year he rose above challenges that impaired his ability to learn naturally.  One of his notable traits is leading by example with his everyday work ethic and appreciative influence on his peers.  Congratulations to Jack.”

Simpson’s teachers said, “Kayleigh Simpson is a hard-working, dedicated student every day with a sweet and thoughtful personality.  She maintains a positive attitude and perseveres to accomplish her assignments in a timely manner and with exceptional quality.  She clearly displays the six pillars of character every day and is a pleasure to have in class. Congratulations Kayleigh.”

The eighth grade teams are Emerald, Jade and Pearl.

The Emerald team selected Lauren Matus and Suyaani Ranasinghe

Matus’ teachers said, “Lauren Matus is conscientious and meticulous in everything she does.  She is an absolute delight to have in our classes.  She works extremely hard, is great with her classmates, and always has a smile on her face.”

Ranasinghe’s teachers said, “Suvaani Ranasinghe is a hard-working and dedicated student who actively participates in all of her classes.  She works well with others. We love that Suvaani tells the best ‘bad joke.’

The Jade team selected Jenna Bargfrede and Liam Rust.

Bargfrede’s teacher said, “Jenna Bargfrede has given a hundred percent from day one.  Many of her peers may assume that she does so well because everything is easy for her.  However, the reality is that regardless of how boring or difficult something many be, she still focuses and works hard and that is why she is successful. This young lady accepts that she is responsible for her own success and chooses to excel.  She is also clearly a person of character who always has a smile and a kind word for her teachers and classmates.  The teachers on the Jade Team are proud to award Student of the Marking Period to Jenna Bargfrede.”

Rust’s teachers said, “Liam Rust has the qualities of an exemplar student and citizen.  Regardless of whether or not something is difficult, he always puts forth his best effort.  Rather than get discouraged by challenges and giving up, he looks at these situations as opportunities to improve and grow.  This young man is one of the most conscientious students on the Jade team, and the teachers admire his kindness, student skills, and ambition.  Congratulations to Liam Rust.”

The Pearl team chose Joseph Hallack and Reagan Rech.

Hallack’s teachers said, “Joseph Hallack aka JT is a charismatic young man.  He has a great smile and is always very polite in class. JT works very hard in and outside of school.  He is a great team player and is always engaged in class discussions.  JT has a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh.  JT is always a pleasure to have in class and will be missed next year.

Rech’s teachers said, “Reagan Rech is a pleasure to have in class.  She is constantly engaged and motivated.  She is a great influence on other students and a wonderful role model.  Reagan is responsible and a mature young women.  She pays attention to detail in her work and brings great insight to class discussions.  We look forward to hearing about the amazing accomplishments Reagan will do in her future.”