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Student POWER Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following students from around the country who have been selected as a Student POWER Award recipient. The Student POWER Award program is part of NASP’s ongoing effort to help school psychologists promote children's success in school and life, to help colleagues and parents redefine student success, and to highlight students' exceptional efforts and individual achievements. In general, a NASP Student POWER Award recipient demonstrates one or more of the following attributes:

  • Progress toward individual goals
  • Optimistic he or she will succeed
  • Willing to solve problems
  • Eager to do his or her best
  • Reaching out to others
Name: Callie A. Johnson
Grade: Sophomore
School: District 211 Academy-South
State: Illinois
Nominated By: Brian Lazzaro, NCSP
Year: 2013
Callie was overwhelmingly chosen by staff to receive the student power award this year. Callie has made tremendous strides in becoming a strong person. As as example of this, Callie has demonstrated at our school that she not only helps herself improve but she also helps others a great deal. She has earned the highest level at Academy-South school. We are proud of Callie and all of her achievements. She is a major role model in our school. Callie A. Johnson is the 2013 NASP Power Award Winner.
Name: America Ramos
Grade: 5
School: JM Hill School
State: Pennsylvania
Nominated By: Mrs. Husson
Year: 2013
America created an all school event. America helped in collecting food donations for our Foods for Families program. In addition, students brought in a stuffed animal and/or blanket to school in October for the children of the families.
Name: Andrew Gullstrand
Grade: 5
School: JM Hill School
State: Pennsylvania
Nominated By: Mrs. Husson
Year: 2013
Andrew created an all school event. Andrew helped in collecting food donations for our Foods for Families program. In addition, students brought in a stuffed animal and/or blanket to school in October for the children of the families.
Name: Jason Durand
Grade: 12
School: Burrillville High School
State: RI
Nominated By: Kim Pristawa
Year: 2013
Jason is a hard-working student, talented musician, and compassionate individual. He is always willing to help others & has served as a mentor to students with special needs for the past 4 years. What is most amazing about Jason is that he also struggles with his own mental health issues... but instead of letting this define him, he speaks openly about his struggles in order to help other students. He is, by far, the most engaging, positive, & enthusiastic student I have ever known!
Name: Christine Angaiak
Grade: 5
School: Chevak School
State: Alaska
Nominated By: Christy Howard, NCSP
Year: 2013
Christine has worked very hard to excel academically. In addition, she actively participates within the classroom, providing a leadership model for her classmates. She, in short, meets and indeed exceeds the criteria of the Student POWER Award!
Name: Gareth Rice
Grade: 7
School: BRHS
State: AK
Nominated By: Christy Howard, NCSP
Year: 2013
Gareth also demonstrates many of the criteria of the Student Power Award. Gareth is active in Boy Scouts, cross country running, archery and other extra curricular activities. He is an outstanding leader in his school and maintains excellence in his academics as well as with his peers.
Name: Charles Dzurenka
Grade: 5
School: South Elementary School
State: CT
Nominated By: Jessica Smith
Year: 2013
"Never Give Up" is Charles’ personal motto and he is living by it every day! Charles is the ultimate example of a student who has persevered and overcome obstacles to achieve success. He has transformed himself from a disengaged fourth grader to a motivated fifth grader who is a leader to those around him. He is kind, funny, and helpful. He has made significant progress on his academic and behavior goals. He has even earned himself a spot on Student Council and is pushing himself to achieve better each and every day. We are so proud of his efforts and truly enjoy working with him!
Name: Sam Hunter
Grade: 4th
School: J.E. Woodard Elementary
State: TN
Nominated By: Ellen Kelly
Year: 2013
Sam relocated to Columbia from 13 hundred miles away and enrolled at Woodard last year. Making new friends and adjusting to a new school would not be easy for anyone. Teacher expectations at a new school can make learning tricky. Sam endured this and many other challenges (a traumatic loss and injury) within the past two years. It was not easy for him, but with a bit of help, Sam opened up and reached out to others by making many good friends. He also worked hard and met academic challenges. His teachers and I are so proud of him!