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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!
Name: Ziara Jones
Grade: 5th
School: Bielefield Elementary
State: Connecticut
Nominated By: Eric Leaf
Year: 2012
Ziara is a very conscientious student and displays great effort. When she is uncertain about instruction she assumes responsibility for herself and does not hesitate to ask for clarification. At times she will ask for more work to reinforce the skill being taught. Ziara uses many strategies that she has learned over the years here at Bielefield. She is very motivated by personal goals that she has set for herself and continues to set new goals when appropriate.
Name: Elyan Rivera
Grade: 4th
School: Bielefield Elementary
State: Connecticut
Nominated By: Eric Leaf
Year: 2012
Elyan is a responsible student who makes great choices in times of need. He is always volunteering to help out whenever he can. He listens well and strives to do his very best. Academically, he has faced some obstacles but has risen above these obstacles and turned them into opportunities for success. He knows his strengths and tries to focus on them rather than on his weaknesses which is what makes Eylan so unique and successful. He is always willing to listen and receive guidance and shows his appreciation by always being polite and thankful.
Name: Mark Quinn
Grade: 5th
School: Bielefield Elementary
State: Connecticut
Nominated By: Eric Leaf
Year: 2012
Mark is an inquisitive student whose curious mind is always working. He seeks out varied learning opportunities in and out of school and then makes sophisticated connections based on those experiences. He tackles all challenges either academic or social with determination and maturity. He accepts constructive criticism and makes changes when necessary. Mark is kind to all peers and adults and sets the example for the rest of the class. He is always ready to help in whatever way he can.
Name: Lee Ann Roy
Grade: 4th
School: Bielefield Elementary
State: Connecticut
Nominated By: Eric Leaf
Year: 2012
Lee Ann is a positive role model and a responsible student who consistently makes excellent choices. She is a very conscientious student and displays unbelievable effort at all times. Lee Ann is extremely kind and is always volunteering to help. She enjoys helping her peers whenever she can as well as others including recently inquiring about how to start a clothing drive for homeless people. Lee Ann understands her personal weaknesses and tries her hardest while encouraging others to do their best behaviorally and academically in the process.
Name: Shane Knowles
Grade: 12
School: Windsor Locks High School
State: CT
Nominated By: Mrs. Courchesne
Year: 2012
Shane is the most persevering and determined young man I have encountered. He has worked hard to overcome numerous obstacles both in school and in life, and has remained a good natured, kindhearted individual. He is a leader in our student council and has maintained his academic and athletic standing through everything. He has a bright future ahead of him!
Name: Ashley Munson
Grade: 11
School: Windsor Locks High School
State: CT
Nominated By: Mr. Schumacher
Year: 2012
Ashley has come so far! She has struggled for a long time with her academics and has made amazing progress. Over the past year she has become incredibly motivated and has uncovered a passion for learning. She works hard each and every day, is willing and eager to use supports to boost her skills, and is always wearing a smile. She should be proud!
Name: Dakota Berube
Grade: 9
School: Windsor Locks High School
State: CT
Nominated By: Mr. Schumacher
Year: 2012
Dakota is a self-motivated and hard wroker. He achieves consistently, even when challenged and demonstrates a genuine love of learning.
Name: Tyler Breedlove
Grade: 10
School: Windsor Locks High School
State: CT
Nominated By: Ms. Verissimo
Year: 2012
Tyler is exceptional. She is always an ally to others in need, and works hard to make postive choices on a daily basis. It is clear to me that she respects differences in others and is responsible and hard working. She is definitely deserving of this award.
Name: Andrew Stinson
Grade: 10
School: Chesapeake High School
State: Maryland
Nominated By: Selina Bankert
Year: 2012
Andrew Stinson was a essential student leader in the 2012 Cougar Care Week initiative at Chesapeake High School. His efforts greatly contributed to the design and implementation of multiple activities promoting school connectedness, healthy choices, suicide prevention awareness, resiliency, and acceptance.
Name: Andrew Stinson
Grade: 10
School: Chesapeake High School
State: Maryland
Nominated By: Selina Bankert
Year: 2012
Andrew Stinson was a essential student leader in the 2012 Cougar Care Week initiative at Chesapeake High School. His efforts greatly contributed to the design and implementation of multiple activities promoting school connectedness, healthy choices, suicide prevention awareness, resiliency, and acceptance.
Name: Heaven Strickland
Grade: 11
School: Williamsburg City Schools
State: Kentucky
Nominated By: Misty Lay
Year: 2012
Heaven is not an ordinary 16 year-old. Yes, she can be defiant, needs to be refocused and many times, thinks she knows more than the adults in her life. However, her compassion for others, especially those who are weak and needy, is extraordinary. Through my connection with Heaven, I have been reminded of why I do what I do. We all have something to contribute. I look forward to witnessing Heaven's POWER impact those she cares about most.
Name: Kyra Deveny
Grade: 8
School: Monument Middle School
State: CA
Nominated By: Nichole Dollarhide
Year: 2012
Kyra demonstrates many exceptional qualities in all of the student POWER Award areas. However, she was chosen in part for positive peer interaction and attitude, seeking guidance for the purpose of bettering herself, working independently to find new challenges and meet personal goals, and her willingness to redo work in order to fully learn new academic material.
Name: Kelsi Day
Grade: 7
School: Monument Middle School
State: CA
Nominated By: Nichole Dollarhide
Year: 2012
Kelsi demonstrates many exceptional qualities in all of the student POWER Award areas. However, she was chosen in part for working with her teacher to help other students, motivating others by her example, meeting weekly goals, and for being a positive student leader.
Name: Bailey Parker
Grade: 6
School: Monument Middle School
State: CA
Nominated By: Nichole Dollarhide
Year: 2012
Bailey demonstrates many exceptional qualities in all of the student POWER Award areas. However, she was chosen in part for her willingness to participate in new and challenging activities, for being a student leader and positive role model, and for continually working to do her best academically.
Name: Zachary Claus
Grade: 6
School: Monument Middle School
State: CA
Nominated By: Nichole Dollarhide
Year: 2012
Zachary demonstrates many exceptional qualities in all of the student POWER Award areas. However, he was chosen in part for always working to achieve his best, working to help peers by providing a positive example, and for excepting constructive criticism in order to improve.
Name: Shane Zingaro
Grade: 5
School: Eagle Prairie Elementary School
State: CA
Nominated By: Nichole Dollarhide
Year: 2012
Shane demonstrates many exceptional qualities in all of the student POWER Award areas. However, he was chosen in part for serving as a student leader and continually striving to meet new and challenging personal, short-term goals.
Name: Bowdrie Cox
Grade: 4
School: Eagle Prairie Elementary School
State: CA
Nominated By: Nichole Dollarhide
Year: 2012
Bo Cox demonstrates many exceptional qualities in all of the student POWER Award areas. However, he was chosen in part for excelling in academics, and for continually offering help to those who need it.
Name: Vivian Osborne
Grade: 4
School: Eagle Prairie Elementary School
State: CA
Nominated By: Nichole Dollarhide
Year: 2012
Vivian demonstrates many exceptional qualities in all of the student POWER Award areas. However, she was chosen in part for always giving her best effort, and for being a good role model by always including all peers in games, groups, and activities.
Name: Tristan Jones
Grade: 3
School: Eagle Prairie Elementary School
State: CA
Nominated By: Nichole Dollarhide
Year: 2012
Tristan Jones demonstrates many exceptional qualities in all of the student POWER Award areas. However, she was chosen in part for being an exceptionally caring role model, who is continually helping her peers who may be hurting or in need of a friend.
Name: Zachary
Grade: Zaborowski
School: Ohio Virtual Academy
State: Ohio
Nominated By: Allison McCormick
Zachary suffers from a number of significant medical conditions that affect him neurologically. Despite the degeneration of his condition, Zachary continually achieves average to above average grades, works diligently to maximize his independence and maintain challenging goals for himself. He is determined to graduate from high school and is well on his way.
Name: Tyler
Grade: Ambrose
School: Ohio Virtual Academy
State: Ohio
Nominated By: Mark Horine
Tyler is willing to put in additional work, up to two hours at a time with his intervention specialist, in order to get through his Math course. He is aware of his limitations, his needs, and is determined to put in the work required to succeed.
Name: Jesse
Grade: Blevins
School: Ohio Virtual Academy
State: Ohio
Nominated By: Heather Sapp
Jesse regularly attends his one on one sessions with his intervention specialist. He is working extremely hard each week to master the ability to count money and make change. He is striving for excellence in his Math class this year.
Name: Lane Bricker Jr.
Grade: 10th
School: Ohio Virtual Academy
State: Ohio
Nominated By: Ann Callahan-George
Lane has been working with his intervention specialist for three years in a significantly modified curriculum. During this time, he has turned in every assignment, attended all but one class (given two weeks notice of absence), and has even requested the addition of an extra class this year. He is very involved in family life.
Name: Mallory Linn
Grade: 12th
School: Ohio Virtual Academy
State: Ohio
Nominated By: Melissa Maienknecht
Mallory is mother to a one year-old child who has had significant medical problems this past year. Despite this, she has continued to work towards academic success and excellence. As a 12th grade student, she is taking two Post Secondary classes at a local college in addition to three core academic courses through OHVA. Additionally, she works a job and has aspirations to apply to college and become a nurse, a goal her teachers have no doubt she will achieve.
Name: Mark Gigax
Grade: 11th
School: Ohio Virtual Academy
State: Ohio
Nominated By: Samantha Fantana
Mark has a variety of personal and academic challenges. In the past three years he has grown into a committed and focused young man who is determined to graduate from high school and pursue his career goals. Despite a variety of technological obstacles, he manages to attend his classes and complete his work through creative problem-solving.
Name: Alexis Christiansen
Grade: 8th
School: Albert R. Lyman Middle School
State: Utah
Nominated By: Elizabeth MacDougall
Alexis has made amazing strides in pursuing her personal goals. She continues to work toward her personal best. Keep up the great work Alexis!
Name: Savannah Perry
Grade: 8th
School: Ohio Virtual Academy
State: Ohio
Nominated By: Joyce Laine
Savannah is a student who uses a wheelchair, but does not allow that to stop her from attending school outings. She regularly encourages her Intervention Specialist during sessions and continually puts in extra effort to do her best possible work.
Name: Jessica Bray
Grade: 12
School: Whitley County High School
State: Kentucky
Nominated By: Misty M. Lay
Jessica exemplifies student success, both in school and in life. She has set short and long-term goals for herself and seeks out positive activities to accomplish those goals. Shehas overcome many obstacles to become a successful high school senior who aspires to give back and return to education to be a teacher.
Name: Kobe After Buffalo
Grade: 6th
School: Albert R. Lyman Middle School
State: Utah
Nominated By: Elizabeth MacDougall
Kobe has made amazing strides and continues to work toward his personal goals. Keep up the great work Kobe!
Name: Cordell Wilson
Grade: 7th
School: Albert R. Lyman Middle School
State: Utah
Nominated By: Elizabeth MacDougall
Cordell is making great strides in school and in his friendships. He has a positive outlook. Keep up the great work Cordell!
Name: CJ Berrett
Grade: 7th
School: Albert R. Lyman Middle School
State: Utah
Nominated By: Elizabeth MacDougall
CJ is making great strides in school and in his friendships. He has a positive outlook. Keep up the great work CJ!
Name: Christian Campbell
Grade: 7th
School: Albert R. Lyman Middle School
State: Utah
Nominated By: Elizabeth MacDougall
Christian is making great strides in school and in his friendships. He has a positive outlook. Keep up the great work Christian!
Name: Kate Glover
Grade: 7th
School: Albert R. Lyman Middle School
State: Utah
Nominated By: Elizabeth MacDougall
Kate is making great strides in school and in her friendships. She has a positive outlook. Keep up the great work Kate!
Name: Gatlen Sallee
Grade: 7th
School: Albert R. Lyman Middle School
State: Utah
Nominated By: Elizabeth MacDougall
Gatlen is making great strides in school and in his friendships. He has a positive outlook. Keep up the great work Gatlen!
Name: Garett Gaines
Grade: 7th
School: Albert R. Lyman Middle School
State: Utah
Nominated By: Elizabeth MacDougall
Garett is making great strides in school and in his friendships. He has a positive outlook. Keep up the great work Garett!
Name: Darren Silas
Grade: 6th
School: Montezuma Creek Elementary School
State: Utah
Nominated By: Elizabeth MacDougall
Darren is making great strides in school and in his friendships. He has a positive outlook. Keep up the great work Darren!
Name: Luke Moser
Grade: 2
School: McGarity Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Ana Jolly/ E. Jeanne Pound
Luke is available during Writers' Workshop as a peer tutor to the other students. He sets a good example and gives students positive feedback. He also reaches out when others feel left out by including them in games and by inviting them to join him for lunch. Luke is able to set and meet his individual goals. For example he was having a problem double checking his work and test questions were being left unanswered. He has now worked on that and is double checking all of his work every time.
Name: Hahsson Alexis
Grade: 8
School: Dobbins Middle School
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Chris Wilkinson
Hahsson has had a history of behavior problms in the past. He has been very focused improving his behavior and academic performance. Whenever a challenge has presented itself he has sought the guidanceof a teacher, counselor, or administrator. He has been very supportive and encouraging to other students who are facing similar challenges.
Name: Matthew Hotmire
Grade: 8
School: Dobbins Middle School
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Chris Wilkinson
Matthew has battled anxiety about school for several years and has to be home-schooled in the past. This year Matthew is facing his fears and attending school in the general education classroom despite the added anxiety it brings. He seeks help when necesary and continues to accept his personal challenges with great courage and resiliency.
Name: Marcus Johnson
Grade: 5
School: Hal Hutchens Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Ms. Mira Chestney
Marcus strives to meet all his academic goals. He actively seeks out extra help when needed. Marcus is always willing to keep trying if something doesn't work the first time. Marcus enjoys including students in classroom tasks. He enjoys walking the younger students to class.
Name: Heavyn Snyder
Grade: 5
School: Panter Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Ms. Douglas/ Hayley Cutts
Heavyn is an excellent student with outstanding behavior. She maintains a positive outlook on life and continues to strive for self-improvement. In addition, she works hard to make good choices, both socially and academically. Heavyn is very nurturing to her younger sister and peers. She always seeks ways to become more independent, while fostering relationships with others.
Name: James Cole
Grade: 5
School: Panter Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Ms. Douglas/ Hayley Cutts
James maintains excellent grades, despite having attended many different schools. He has outstanding attendance and comes to school with a smile each day. James is often seen helping his peers and being engaged in friendly conversation. He is very independent and resilient, and pushes himself to be the very best student that he can be.
Name: Cameron Chai
Grade: 4
School: Ragsdale Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Alison Smith/ Nicole Kaiser
Cameron has blossomed into a smart, creative, and fun-loving youth. He always completes his work and never complains about anything. While previously reluctant to volunteer in class, Cameron now shares his ideas with his classmates. Whenever he is asked to help his peers, Cameron is eager to do so. He is very compliant with all classroom directives, as well.
Name: Ivan Powell
Grade: 5
School: Union Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Scott Brock/ Nicole Kaiser
Ivan has done a great job of becoming more responsible and accountable for his learning. He has really stepped up to the plate in fifth grade. His attitude has improved, and he will now be well-prepared to face the challenges of middle school.
Name: Kaitlyn Dent
Grade: 6th
School: Lillie Burney Elementary
State: MS
Nominated By: Deborah Bradley Smith
Name: Nikeya Youngblood
Grade: 6
School: Earl Travillion Attendance Center
State: MS
Nominated By: Ardella Mack
Name: Scosha Cheins
Grade: 6
School: Earl Travillion Attendance Center
State: MS
Nominated By: Ardella Mack
Name: Brandon Nelson
Grade: 5
School: Hal Hutchens Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Ms. Mira Chestney
Brandon works hard to reach his academic goals. He seek help from peers and adults when he doesn't understand a concept. He thoroughly appreciates his successes each day. He often asks for extra work to improve his skills. Brandon enjoys helping younger children and his teachers. Brandon knows all the school staff by name and regularly checks in on them.
Name: Matthew Fennell
Grade: 7
School: South Paulding Middle
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Michelle Smith/ E. Jeanne Pound
Matthew is a very cheerful student, who is a positive role model for his peers. He stands true to his beliefs, despite any criticism that he might receive. Matthew makes thoughtful choices in judgement and is very persuasive in his attempts to help others make positive choices. While sometimes challenged academically, he exerts his best efforts in class. He is the first student to reach out and help others who are facing challenging circumstances at home or at school.
Name: Haleigh Cano
Grade: 5
School: Hiram Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Crystal Dankert/ Sarah Foley
Haleigh is an amazing student in the classroom, as she works hard every day to achieve her best. She maintains a positive attitude about everything, and encourages her classmates when they are feeling down. Haleigh serves her school as a Student Council Representative, President of the 4-H Club, and reporter for the Hiram Hornet morning news program.
Name: Eric Olivera
Grade: 5
School: Hiram Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Crystal Dankert/ Sarah Foley
Eric comes to school every day ready to learn something new. He is always on-task and eager to participate in the classroom. Outside of school, Eric plays soccer, which affords him the opportunity to showcase his teamwork skills.
Name: John Alex Perry
Grade:
School: Perrymont Middle School
State: Virginia
Nominated By: Mrs. Bare
John has demonstrated progress toward his academic educational goals. He has successfully completed his assignments and presented an optimistic attitude towards his ability to be successful in this endeavors. John has consistently demonstrated an eagerness to do his best work and willingness to solve novel problems. In addition to these characteristics he seeks to assist others in their acheivement of success.
Name: Robert Franklin
Grade: 6
School: Spring Forest Middle School
State: Texas
Nominated By: Melissa Melnar
Robert reaches out to help other students and does it with a positive attitude! He is very friendly and engages those around him in conversation and activities. Robert is both a great role model and mentor for his peers. His great character is noticed by teachers at SFMS.
Name: Makagle Bijoux Fofana
Grade:
School: Perrymont Middle School
State: VA
Nominated By: Mrs. Pamela Nicholas-Stokes
Makagle has exhibited the appropriate steps required for making progress toward her academic goals. She has presented a positive demeanor and confidence regarding her ability to be successful. Makagle has made good decisions in difficult situations. She puts forth her best effort and presents as a postive role model for her peers.
Name: Tara Poyer
Grade: Senior
School: Township High School District 211
State: Illinois
Nominated By: Kali Zanona & Brian Lazzaro
I would recommend Tara Poyer for this Student Power Award. She has made great strides since the start of her high school career and is a prime example of the success our students and program can achieve. Having recently earned Merit Status, Tara continues to demonstrate the high standards expected of our students. She strives daily to better herself and those around her in a modest, but diligent manner.
Name: Jenifer Lozano
Grade: High School
School: San Marino High School
State: California
Nominated By: Lisette Mendez
For exemplifying a true School Psychologist to the fullest.
Name: Kendra Kim
Grade:
School: Sunset Elementary
State: Oklahoma
Nominated By: Erika Olinger
Thank you for making a difference!!
Name: Garrison Harless
Grade: 4
School: Ragsdale Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Alison Smith/ Nicole Kaiser
Garrison strives to do his best in everything, and always wants to please his teachers. He eagerly volunteers to help individuals or his entire class. If the class has a problem, Garrison wants to be the first one to help solve the problem. He comes up with many different solutions that will benefit all parties involved.
Name: Gracie Cannon
Grade: 3
School: Union Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Amy Clower/ Nicole Kaiser
Gracie has made great strides this year. At the beginning of the school year, she lacked confidence and did not like school. After her teacher worked with her individually, she began to feel more competent about her reading skills. Her self-esteem has improved, she now enjoys school, and she is attempting to do grade level work. Gracie now volunteers to read and participates actively in her reading group.
Name: Abby Crawford
Grade: 4
School: Poole Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Veda Crutchfield/ E. Jeanne Pound
Abby is an amazing fourth grade student. She is forever lending a hand to her classmates and others throughout her school. She has a special heart for the exceptional students, and goes out of her way to spend time with them. Abby sacrifices many of her own fun activities and earned rewards, in order to work with some of these students. She cheerfully greets the students each the morning and helps them at lunch, in lieu of enjoying lunch with her peers.
Name: Julio Delgado
Grade: 5
School: Poole Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Veda Crtutchfield/ E. Jeanne Pound
Julio is a kind and caring young man, who is always willing to help his fellow students. He is a safety patrol officer in his school and has demonstrated outstanding character. In addition, Julio is a member of his school's daily news broadcasting team. He works behind the scenes to provide a great program for students and staff without asking to be in the spotlight. Julio is a very giving person, with a gentle spirit towards others. He also has a powerful yearing for discovery and continually amazes his teachers with his problem-solving strategies and thinking "outside of the box."
Name: Joseph Sanford
Grade: 1st
School: Anne E. Moncure Elementary
State: VA
Nominated By: Mrs. Loiselle/ Mrs. Byrd
Joseph has made tremendous progress during his time at Moncure. He comes to school every day eager to learn and work hard. Whether tackling a new book or asking a friend to play with him, Joey faces all challenges with a positive attitude and a smile. He continually sets an example for other students by listening and following directions, being prepared at all times and meeting expectations. Joey has also transformed his speech from nearly mute to full sentences. Joey truly understands what it means to be a Moncure Bear and takes his pledge of being responsible and respectful very seriously.
Name: Manuela Higuita
Grade: 12
School: Brien McMahon High School
State: CT
Nominated By: Dr. Paula Torres Ortiz
I know Manuaela since preschool and she certainily demonstrated outstanding progress towards our district academic goals. She has successfully completed her assignments and extracurricular activities. She is extremelly committed, mature and helpful. She is also very optimistic. She is a great role model for other students.
Name: Alissa Rice
Grade:
School: Thames Elementary
State: Mississippi
Nominated By: Adminstrative Team
Name: Debra Graham
Grade: 6th
School: Rowan Elementary
State: Mississippi
Nominated By: Penny Barnes & Michelle Johnson
Debra is honest, sets high goals, and is determined to do her best!
Name: Avonti Williams
Grade: 5
School: Lawsonville Avenue Elementary
State: NC
Nominated By: C. Bumpass
Name: Liz Whitehill
Grade: 5
School: Union Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Scott Brock/ Nicole Kaiser
Liz is making great gains in academics this year. She is willing to face new challenges, and exerts her best efforts most every day.
Name: Joseph Whitehill
Grade: 2
School: Union Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Scott Brock/ Nicole Kaiser
Joseph has become more responsible for his behavior this year. He does his best each day in class, and maintains great emotional and behavioral control.
Name: Rachel Lokhorst
Grade: 5
School: Hiram Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Mr. Summers/ Sarah Foley
Rachel is driven to succeed, and always strives to do her best in school. In addition, she is willing to help in the classroom and has a cheerful attitude. During the first nine weeks of school, Rachel received A's in all academic areas.
Name: Makagel Bijoux Fofana
Grade:
School: Perrymont Middle School
State: VA
Nominated By: Mrs. Pamela Nicholas-Stokes
Makagel has exhibited the appropriate steps required for making progress toward her academic goals. She has presented a positive demeanor and confidence regarding her ability to be successful. Makagel has made good decisions in difficult situations. She puts forth her best effort and presents as a postive role model for her peers.
Name: Kayla Echard
Grade: 8
School: Magothy River Middle School
State: Maryland
Nominated By: Marie Corriveau
Over the past year and a half in particular, Kayla has made incredible progress towards her academic and social-emotional goals. She is a motivated, hard-working student who has learned to interact well with others and successfully confront challenges at school. She is a true asset to the school community.
Name: Kolby Willis
Grade: 6th
School: Lillie Burney Elementary
State: Mississippi
Nominated By: Deborah Bradley-Smith
Kolby has received this honor two years in a row!
Name: Kolby Willis
Grade: 5th
School: Lillie Burney Elementary
State: MS
Nominated By: Deborah Bradley-Smith
Name: Essence Barlow
Grade: 6th
School: Lillie Burney Elementary
State: MS
Nominated By: Deborah Bradley Smith
Name: Kirsten Mangano and Ahna Cina's homeroom
Grade: 8th
School: Whitehorse Middle School
State: WI
Nominated By: Karen Corning Wydeven
The students in this homeroom were having some challenges at the beginning of this school year. Ms. Mangano and Ms. Cina observed a lot of bullying behavior that was interfering with the building of community in this class. With teacher support/suggestion, the class made an Anti-bullying Public Service Announcement. This was part of their social studies and language arts grade. Students did research on the effects of bullying and the video is very powerful. Student services staff are using this video in our presentations to 7th grade classes on anti-harassment and bullying, and the students are copresenting with us. I feel this is an excellent example of turning a typical middle school issue into not only a solution but demonstrating true leadership.
Name: Karenina VanLennep
Grade:
School: Alternative Programs
State: Maryland
Nominated By: Amanda Hearn
Ms. VanLennep works tirelessly in her role as a social worker to connect children and families with outside resources that will enable them to reconnect not only with each other, but with the their school communities as well. Ms. VanLennep has a knack for relating to parents and students alike and has proven an invaluable resource to the community as a whole, as well as to our program.
Name: Kenya Moore-Kerr
Grade:
School: Root Elementary School
State: NC
Nominated By: Leigh Kokenes
Kenya has worked diligently to put supports in place for students to succeed. She asks questions and listens to staff when concerns arise and has made positive connections with students, staff, and families. Thank you Kenya!
Name: Austin Delauder
Grade: 12
School: North County High School
State: Maryland
Nominated By: Heather Gallagher
Austin continues to make progress toward his academic and personal goals. He has been faced with many obstacles during his high school career and he continues to demonstrate resilience. Austin consistently maintains an optimistic attitude and is willing to take on new challenges. He has developed positive relationships with teachers and peers. In addition, Austin demonstrates a desire to help others, a sense of humor, and an ability to set obtainable goals as well as develop plans for reaching personal goals.
Name: Andrew Urlock
Grade: 5
School: Cape St. Claire Elementary School
State: MD
Nominated By: Marie Corriveau
Over the past year especially, Drew has reached several learning and social-emotional objectives. He is an enthusiastic, friendly, and creative student who tries hard to “do the right thing,” be kind to others, and use the strategies he has learned to cope with challenges and obstacles.
Name: Rylee Shade
Grade: 5
School: McGarity Elementary
State: Georgia
Nominated By: Stephanie Degenaar/E. Jeanne Pound
Rylee always puts forth her best efforts even when the work is particularly challenging for her. She is very creative and expresses herself through her art and her enthusiasm. Rylee is always very positive and willing to assist her peers. She readily compliments others who demonstrate hard work and success in the classroom.
Name: Christine Rushlow
Grade:
School: Eriksson Elementary
State: MI
Nominated By: Emily Verbeke
Christie extends herself every day to connect with students in ways that are supportive of their needs. She is positive, upbeat, energetic and passionate about connect with students and families.
Name: Kamya Calcote
Grade: 4th
School: Rowan Elementary
State: Mississippi
Nominated By: Penny Barnes & Michelle Johnson
Kamya holds herself to high standards, is willing to help others, and works hard to go above and beyond!
Name: Sydney Tillman
Grade: 5th Grade
School: Rowan Elementary
State: Mississippi
Nominated By: Penny Barnes & Michelle Johnson
Sydney has set high goals for herself, strives to help others, and is determined to do her best!
Name: Genesis Cordova
Grade: 12
School: Windsor Locks High School
State: CT
Nominated By: Dot Muszynski
Genesis is a returning senior (5th year) who came back to WLHS because she is determined to get her High School Diploma. She works hard every single day and has even made up an entire semester's worth of courses through our online credit recovery program. Beyond her admirable dedication to her own education, she is always willing to lend a hand in her school, at home, and in her community. She stays postive, even when faced with obstacles. It has been wonderful to see her grow. She has made great gains, and deserves to be recognized for her accomplishments.
Name: Kaysi Stout
Grade: 11
School: Saydel High School
State: Iowa
Nominated By: Nicole Skaar
Kaysi has done an outstanding job meeting personal goals for her school and community behavior. She is using her new skills to make improvements in her life and in the lives of her family members. While she still faces struggles, she is a shining example of how students can overcome past traumas and negative behavior patterns.
Name: Jordan Foster
Grade: 12
School: Saydel High School
State: Iowa (IA)
Nominated By: Nicole Skaar
Jordan have overcome the greatest of all obstacles - homelessness. Jordan has continued to come to school, make progress on his goals, and will graduate in December. His behavior goal was discontinued several years ago, and he has continued to work hard on his academics. He is an excellent example of resilience. He leaned on the school for support, and the school responded. Good luck, Jordan! You have a bright future ahead of you.
Name: Ava Lee
Grade: 5th
School: Bielefield Elementary
State: Connecticut
Nominated By: Eric Leaf
Ava is a very conscientious student and displays great effort. When she is uncertain about instruction she assumes responsibility for herself and does not hesitate to ask for clarification. All adults in the school that know Ava highlight her genuine care and concern for her classmates. Without being asked she helps students in her classroom with organization and staying focused. She also encourages others to do their best academically and behaviorally.
Name: Alex Swander
Grade: 4th
School: Bielefield Elementary
State: Connecticut
Nominated By: Eric Leaf
Alex is the epitome of a responsible student. He completes class work independently, volunteers on his own to make new students feel welcome, always works extremely hard and is a role model for all students. He takes great pride in his work and will seek out adults if he needs extra help. He understands his personal weaknesses and tries to improve in those areas.
Name: Brandon Campbell
Grade: 5th
School: Bielefield Elementary
State: Connecticut
Nominated By: Eric Leaf
Brandon is a responsible student that makes excellent choices in times of need. He independently seeks adult support when dealing with personal challenges and maintains an optimistic outlook. He is willing to listen and receive guidance and is very appreciative each time. Academically he does not shy away from a challenge and rises to the occasion to perform his best work. He is sought out by peers to be their partner and by adults to handle extra responsibilities.
Name: Ray-Chelle Cabassa
Grade: 4th
School: Bielefield Elementary
State: Connecticut
Nominated By: Eric Leaf
Ray-chelle is a positive role model throughout the school especially with younger students. She is always willing to be a support for students in need and does so without being asked. She is extremely kind to all students and always volunteers to help. She is a resilient student who remains optimistic despite academic or personal challenges. Also she is always appreciative of extra support she receives.
Name: Kadey E. Dunlap
Grade: 4
School: Bethany Elementary
State: NC
Nominated By: C. Bumpass
Kadey has a positive attitude and vibrant personality. She is a pleasant and outgoing student that brings joy to everyone she meets. She always has a smile on her face and kind words for others. In the classroom, she is eager to learn and genuinely desires to sharpen her academic skills. She seeks out adults support as needed and makes an effort to improve her work quality. Kadey is a wonderful child and most deserving of this award.
Name: Tyric Herbin
Grade: 4
School: Moss St. Elementary
State: NC
Nominated By: C. Bumpass
Tyric has a positive attitude and outstanding behavior. He is best described as an extremely kind, honest, and sweet child. He gets along well with others and encourages them to do their best. He frequently uses positive talk to encourage himself and his peers. He also helps his peers by explaining concepts to them in a child friendly manner. Academically, Tyric has difficulty mastering some concepts. However, he consistently uses strategies he’s been taught to complete difficult problems and persistently seeks to improve his work quality. He will even redo assignments to increase his understanding of the concepts being taught or reviewed. He is pleasure to work with in any setting and he brings joy to all that he meets.
Name: Corben Robertson
Grade: 4th
School: J. E. Woodard Elementary
State: Tennessee
Nominated By: Ellen Kelly
Corben is kind to his school mates and has a wonderful sense of humor. He encourages other students who are having problems. He befriends everyone and shows concern for others. Corben is also highly motivated to learn and has made incredible progress despite some very challenging obstables. He was recognized at the 4th Grade Recognition Ceremony for his academic achievement this year. I'm honored and very proud to nominate such a well-rounded student for this award. I anticipate great things from Corben as he grows into a fine young man.