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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
  1. Name: Cristal Lobaton
    Grade: 12th
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Nancy Horan
    Year: 2014
  2. Name: Nicole Carreira
    Grade: 12th
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Nancy Horan
    Year: 2014
  3. Name: Ross Liechtung
    Grade: 10th
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Nancy Horan
    Year: 2014
  4. Name: Anthony Ianicelli
    Grade: 10th
    School: Ocean Township HIgh School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Nancy Horan
    Year: 2014
  5. Name: Patricia Banfitch
    Grade: 10th
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Nancy Horan
    Year: 2014
  6. Name: Patricia Banfitch
    Grade: 10th
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Nancy Horan
    Year: 2014
  7. Name: Kristen Hanlon
    Grade: 12
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Bridget Burns
    Year: 2014
  8. Name: Gianna Palermo
    Grade: 12
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Bridget Burns
    Year: 2014
  9. Name: Kourtny Greaves
    Grade: 12
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Bridget Burns
    Year: 2014
  10. Name: Terrence Monahan
    Grade: 12
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Bridget Burns
    Year: 2014
  11. Name: Cole Mahedy
    Grade: 12
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Bridget Burns
    Year: 2014
  12. Name: Bryon Mestre
    Grade: 12
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Bridget Burns
    Year: 2014
  13. Name: Matthew Bendik
    Grade: 11
    School: Ocean Township High School
    State: NJ
    Nominated By: Bridget Burns
    Year: 2014
  14. Name: Gregory T. Miller
    Grade: Senior (12th grade)
    School: District 211 Academy-South
    State: Illinois
    Nominated By: Brian R. Lazzaro, NCSP
    Year: 2014
    Greg Miller has been an outstanding student leader in our program at Academy-South. He is the highest performing student in the school and is a role model to others. Not only is he a model student but he also maintains a job every day outside of school. Greg's goal is to graduate high school this June and then receive mechanic training in the military. He is a student that both staff and students can count on to get things done. We wish him the best as he graduates and we will miss his leadership next school. Congratulations!
  15. Name: Maximus Jimenez
    Grade: Third
    School: Countryside Elementary School
    State: New Jersey
    Nominated By: J. Nini Engel
    Year: 2014
    Max was nominated for being consistently positive, empathetic and considerate of other students. He has attended the third grade lunch bunch group as a role model and has shown kindness to many students in his class and grade. He shows unusual thoughtfulness and concern for a boy of his age. He also displays effort, optimism, and persistence in class.
  16. Name: Jocelyn (Josie) Anstine
    Grade: 9th
    School: Central York High School's Therapeutic Emotional Support Class
    State: Pennsylvania
    Nominated By: Mr. Matthew Brelsford
    Year: 2014
    Josie is being nominated specifically for her willingness and participation in the therapeutic component of the program (group and individual counseling). She provides great insight in group counseling sessions and is willing to provide non-threatening feedback to group members to help build cohesion. She also recently volunteered to facilitate a student-led group intervention to help another student in need. She also can be consistently counted on to complete all assignments in a responsible and timely manner. Much Kudos to Josie!!
  17. Name: James Charles Maglio
    Grade: 10
    School: Delaware Valley Regional High School
    State: New Jersey
    Nominated By: Dr. Jon Lyman
    Year: 2014
    James Maglio is always ready to try his best. He seeks help after school without being reminded. He has consistently shown progress over time meeting short term goals to manage his anxiety concerning change. His sense of humor puts people he meets at ease. He consistently seeks help from his teachers to manage concerns he has about meeting their expectations. He has consistently reduced the need for support from his teachers while increasing his independence. His social skills are consistently improving mainly due to the fact that James has multiple opportunities to interact with his peers and when he does so, the results are very positive and rewarding for James and those he establishes relationships with.
  18. Name: Daniel Patrick Panfile
    Grade: 11
    School: Delaware Valley Regional High School
    State: New Jersey
    Nominated By: Dr. Jon Lyman
    Year: 2014
    Daniel Panfile has significant learning challenges related to dyslexia. He has met all of his goals steadily throughout HS. He challenges himself, raising the bar by selecting a rigorous Math and Science curriculum. He collaborates with staff, accepts constructive criticism and always display an eagerness to improve. His reading disability is a challenge that he has met and conquered.
  19. Name: Daniel Edward Lacey
    Grade: 11
    School: Delaware Valley Regional High School
    State: New Jersey
    Nominated By: Dr. Jon Lyman
    Year: 2014
    Daniel is an advocate for individuals who are on the spectrum. He has presented before groups to explain the disability and through his actions has improved understanding of ASD. In reaching out to others he has made great strides towards reaching his own personal goals.
  20. Name: Destiny Porter-Stevens
    Grade: 10th.
    School: Northwestern High
    State: Maryland
    Nominated By: Claire N. Agard, PhD
    Year: 2014
    Destiny has quietly become one of the shining stars among Northwestern High's student body. As a result of having enrolled at the school late in the 2013-14 school year, she faced a unique set of challenges which compounded those with which she had come. Nonetheless, Destiny has consistently progressed and will probably reach and/or surpass all of her short- and long-term goals. She is an extremely talented young lady who has completed two murals at school and is about to begin a third. She was accepted into the school's Visual and Performing Arts program has also joined an extra-curricular activity which is of significance considering her social skill development which is improving.
  21. Name: Carissa McAfee
    Grade: 11
    School: Jefferson County North High School
    State: Kansas
    Nominated By: Lona K. Mason
    Year: 2014
    I have known Ms. McAfee for almost 5 years now and her willingness to go above and beyond has never ceased to amaze me. Carissa works very hard academically and is a model student socially. She gives back to her community purely from the goodness of her own heart. She has often worked with special needs students outside of the school setting and has even volunteered to help younger students in need at school. She is the first person to come to my mind when I think of an individual to strives to achieve the best of themselves while also encouraging others to do the same. She shows maturity beyond her years.