NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex Regional School District recently announced its second marking period ShopRite Stars from West Essex High School as well as the seventh and eighth grade students of the month for January 2020.

January Students of the Month at West Essex Regional Middle School include seventh graders Colin Galvin, Kylie McCarthy, Sienna Tilton and Jenalyn Vaquedano and eighth graders Nicholas Place, Shaun Bertonaschi, Eli Rosenthal and Leyla Sadighi. They are all pictured above with Principal Dr. Gina Donlevie.

West Essex Middle School administrators shared the following information about the students and why they were selected:

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Seventh Grade Students of the Month

Colin Galvin: According to his teachers, Galvin is hard working, diligent, always on task, polite and respectful.  He willingly wants to learn and grow, which is evident in everything he does, and he cares deeply about his academics as much as he does his peers and teachers. His teachers also reported that Galvin asks sincere questions, participates with enthusiasm and always adds his unique insights to class discussions.  

Kylie McCarthy: McCarthy is a hard-working, conscientious student who is always prepared for class, according to her teachers, who also report that she is always smiling, enthusiastic and a pleasure to have in class.  Her teachers said they are proud of the effort and hard work that she consistently displays.

Sienna Tilton: Tilton’s teachers describe her as “a model student,” stating that she is always polite, comes to class prepared and ready to work and is a dedicated student who takes assignments seriously and uses them to grow academically. According to her teachers, Tilton is on top of her work even when she is absent from school.

Jenalyn Vaquedano: According to her teachers, Vaquedano enters class ready to learn, has a lot of initiative and is always on task. They added that she is a hard worker and a model student for others. 

Eighth Grade Students of the Month

Nicholas Place: Place’s teachers reported that he has been working hard in all of his classes, is always polite and always has a smile on his face. According to teachers, Place has taken initiative in his classes to stay on top of his assignments, is consistent with his effort in class, participates in class and is eager to learn new material.

Shaun Bertonaschi: Bertonaschi has been described as a hardworking, dedicated student who always does what he is told. His teachers said that he is polite and respectful and is a great role model for other students on his team. They also reported that he is a quiet leader who consistently works well with others no matter the task.

Eli Rosenthal: According to his teachers, Rosenthal is a conscientious student who enjoys learning new things.  His passion for learning comes through in his enthusiastic participation, his exemplary work and his positive attitude, they added. His teachers also said that Rosenthal never complains and takes on every challenge “with confidence and determination.”

Leyla Sadighi: Sadighi’s teachers said that she is a pleasure to have in class and is very articulate, hardworking and dedicated to high achievement. She also demonstrates kindness to her peers and teachers and is always willing to help out, they added.

ShopRite of West Caldwell recently announced that its second marking period ShopRite Stars for West Essex High School, who were nominated in five categories, include Evie Klein for Academics, Darren Jones for Athletics, Jenier Szuba for Arts, Gillian Rodgers for Community Service and Aaron Gonzalez for Leadership. 

Since 1999, the West Caldwell ShopRite has been bestowing awards to students for exemplary performance and character. Each marking period, faculty members nominate candidates for academics, athletics, the arts, leadership and service to the community.

The ShopRite STARS are then selected by a committee, and their photographs are mounted on plaques to be placed on display in the high school. Additionally, $1,000 is donated in their names to Project Graduation, and their photographs will be displayed at the West Caldwell ShopRite until the next STARS are selected.