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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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
  26. 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!
  27. 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.
  28. 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!
  29. 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!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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!
  35. 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!
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. Name: Kaitlyn Dent
    Grade: 6th
    School: Lillie Burney Elementary
    State: MS
    Nominated By: Deborah Bradley Smith
  63. Name: Nikeya Youngblood
    Grade: 6
    School: Earl Travillion Attendance Center
    State: MS
    Nominated By: Ardella Mack
  64. Name: Scosha Cheins
    Grade: 6
    School: Earl Travillion Attendance Center
    State: MS
    Nominated By: Ardella Mack
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. Name: Kendra Kim
    Grade:
    School: Sunset Elementary
    State: Oklahoma
    Nominated By: Erika Olinger
    Thank you for making a difference!!
  75. 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.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. 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."
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. Name: Alissa Rice
    Grade:
    School: Thames Elementary
    State: Mississippi
    Nominated By: Adminstrative Team
  82. 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!
  83. Name: Avonti Williams
    Grade: 5
    School: Lawsonville Avenue Elementary
    State: NC
    Nominated By: C. Bumpass
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. 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!
  90. Name: Kolby Willis
    Grade: 5th
    School: Lillie Burney Elementary
    State: MS
    Nominated By: Deborah Bradley-Smith
  91. Name: Essence Barlow
    Grade: 6th
    School: Lillie Burney Elementary
    State: MS
    Nominated By: Deborah Bradley Smith
  92. 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.
  93. 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.
  94. 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!
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. 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.
  98. 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.
  99. 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!
  100. 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!
  101. 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.
  102. 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.
  103. 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.
  104. 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.
  105. 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.
  106. 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.
  107. 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.
  108. 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.
  109. 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.
  110. 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.
  111. 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.
  112. 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!
  113. 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.
  114. 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.
  115. 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!
  116. 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!
  117. 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!
  118. 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!
  119. 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!
  120. 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!
  121. 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!
  122. 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!