Student of the Month

Students at Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. high School may be selected by teachers as a recipient for demonstrating some or all of the following qualities: citizenship, kindness, diligence, positive attitude, academic success, personal responsibility, accountability, empathy, character, and cardinal pride.

Simran Singh January 2017 Farah Hamzeh

Simran Singh, Grade 11, nominated by Miguel Thomas

I was working closely with Simran during our lunch time for the last month preparing her application for a contest organized by the Spanish Teachers Association. I had the opportunity to discover what an amazing person she really is. She is the co-founder of the History Bowl and the World Cultures Club. She is also a member of the Spanish Honor Society, Environmental Club, Academic Decathlon, Pit Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Cardinals Care. She volunteers at a hospital, teaches dance, and is involved in Girl Scouts. She is the treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and is a member of the General Assembly Student Council and the Math Team. She always has a smile on her face and treats everyone with respect.


Farah Hamzeh, Grade 8, nominated by Jeffrey Welfel

Farah is an extremely passionate student. In the beginning of the school year, she was quite shy and timid, yet as the minutes, hours, days and weeks pass by, she has become more and more comfortable in her own skin. Over the past few months together, she has grown into a mature, caring and dedicated individual. She is not afraid to make mistakes, ask questions, participate, and assist others who she sees are struggling with not a single qualm. She has been taking on a more active role in class as a leader who promotes an extremely positive vibe, which in turn is a contagious attribute that all can benefit from. I look forward to working with Farah, seeing her grow even more and push the boundaries to having even more successful academic years to come.

Tatianna Beutel December 2016 Michael Vincenty

Tatianna Beutel, grade 8, nominated by Jessica Martello

Tatianna Beutel has a drive to not only succeed, but to excel. She has demonstrated tremendous effort and growth throughout the year and brings a great energy to class. She has that combination of a positive attitude and a strong work ethic. I have found Tatianna to be an intelligent, conscientious, and responsible student who masters concepts and applies them well. She has academically excelled among her peers, often explaining concepts to confused classmates, regularly participating and contributing to class discussion, asking questions to ensure that she has a firm understanding of concepts, and seeking additional sources for supplementary problem solving exercises. Her cheerful nature and openness to feedback means she's always learning and growing as a learner, an impressive strength that will continue to serve her well in her future.

Michael Vincenty, grade 10, nominated by James Lawrence

Michael, aka "Mooky," has been my student for the past two years. He is by far one of the most helpful individuals I have encountered at Westwood. He is a hard worker who puts his full effort into anything he does, whether it be his schoolwork, marching band, or his participation in the fall play and spring musical. His politeness and kindness to others are also what makes Michael a great student all of the time.

Josefhin Alcala November 2016 Vincent Ruff

Josefhin Alcala, grade 8, nominated by Justin Baumgartner

Josefhin is an 8th grade student and is adjusting very well after transferring from Clifton. This is her first year in the Westwood Regional School District. She has been a model student in the classroom and friendly to others outside the classroom. She is always prepared, always participating, and always positive. She is always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. She is a great addition to the Westwood Jr./Sr. High School.


Vincent Ruff, grade 11, nominated by Susanne Phillips

It has been such a pleasure watching Vincent Ruff mature into a conscientious student. In class, he sets the tone by taking his material out and copying any necessary information for the day’s lesson. He volunteers to read, answers questions, starts discussions, completes his assignments, and helps others if needed. Recently he hurt his wrist and needed some help doing his school work. Upon receiving help from staff, he was grateful and polite-going so far as to say how he felt bad for making someone else write for him. He has a “no nonsense” attitude and it is evident in all of his actions whether it’s in class, sports, or at work. Vincent has ambitious goals and works hard towards achieving them. When he is struggling he takes the extra step and seeks out his teachers for help. He is pleasant, respectful and just a pleasure to teach.


Brianna Scallo October 2016 Daniela Maiz

Brianna Scallo, Grade 8, nominated by Jessica Martello and James Lawrence

Brianna Scallo is a student with exemplary integrity and positive attitude. As a hard working and enthusiastic learner, she is bound to accomplish great things. She actively participates in classroom discussions and activities, as well as in extra curricular activities such as marching band. She frequently takes time out of her study hall to practice her flute. She takes the initiative to ask questions when she needs clarification and to help other students when they need clarification. Being a responsible, respectful, and mature student that displays leadership makes Brianna a positive role model to her peers.


Daniela Maiz, Grade 12, nominated by Miguel Thomas

Daniela is a diligent, hard working student with a positive attitude. She takes multiple AP classes including Literature and Composition, Calculus BC, Psychology, Physics, and Spanish. She is also very involved in school and the community as she is part of NHS, Spanish HS, Academic Decathlon, Cardinals Care, Interact, and Peer Pals. Daniela also never fails to say hello or have a conversation with me when we pass each other in the hallway, or in study hall. Daniela always contributes to class discussions, and is a pleasure to have in my class.


Peter Mitelman September 2016 Collin Goodman

Peter Mitelman, Grade 8, nominated by Jeffrey Welfel (September)

Peter comes to class not just on time, raring to go, but brings a sense of fresh excitement and energy to the class. He is very inquisitive, not afraid of making mistakes or asking questions if one comes to mind. He is a team player as he regularly encourages others to participate in class. He will offer explanations to others when confused and is very patient with classmates. He has completed any and every assignment asked of him, with stellar quality and is a pleasure to have in class. I honestly believe Peter's positive and upbeat start in September will encourage others to do more and try harder for a productive school year.

Collin Goodman, Grade 11, nominated by Kimberly Rea (September)

Collin arrives each and every morning with a smile on his face ready to conquer the day and all of his assignments. He enjoys helping his peers and teachers and often comes up with new ideas to improve the classroom. Collin is also responsible for posting the letters at the end of each day, so all students know what day it will be when they arrive the next morning. Collin always has a positive attitude and represents the values all students aspire to at the high school.