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.
Ryan Lomer, Grade 8, nominated by Peter Richter
Ryan has quickly established himself as a leader in the 8th grade class and was elected President of the National Junior Honor Society. He has already convened two office meetings, established a group chat communications system, and organized the various sub-groupings leading to many students volunteering for various service opportunities. He is enthusiastic, polite, and confident and inspires all around him. Ryan is currently taking four honors classes and is involved in Woodington Players, Track, and enjoys sailing during the summer.
Madison Murphy, Grade 12, nominated by Casey Vallorano
Madison was a junior in my English class last year. She consistently worked extremely hard to maintain an A average for all four quarters. She often sought extra help when she needed it, and advocated for herself in class if she was having trouble understanding something, a quality that will undoubtedly benefit her in college. Madison participated daily, often propelling classroom discussion. She is a team player and is a kind, mature young woman who got along and worked productively with everyone in class. In addition to being a diligent student, Madison is involved with our school community as a varsity cheerleader for the Westwood Cardinals, is a member of our Peer pals, and keeps the stats for Varsity Girls Basketball and Baseball. I have no doubts that she will be an asset to whichever college community that she decides to attend next fall.
Nicholas Yasso, Grade 8, nominated by Edel Pfisterer
This is my second year teaching Nick Yasso. He is a hard working student who genuinely likes to learn. Nick made a smooth and easy transition to the Jr./Sr. High School, showing great maturity during what is often a chaotic change. Nick is always willing to lend a helping hand and is well liked by all teachers and students. He is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing to watch him grow.
Samantha DiBari, Grade 10, nominated by Kayla Frohlich
Samantha is an amazing student who always goes above and beyond with any task she completes. She always participates, cooperates well with other classmates, and is the first person to help someone with anything they need. She puts others before herself and even asks me as a teacher how I am doing every single day. In addition, she was out sick from school and the first day she came back, she handed in every single assignment she missed. Sam is a pleasure to have in class and should continue her hard work! She is currently taking two honors classes, plays on our softball team, and is the stage manager for Woodington Players.
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Matthew Ryan, Grade 8, nominated by Donna Kahn and Joseph Fritz:
Matthew has been a focused and diligent student and demonstrates himself as a leader within the classroom. He is sweet and polite and is respectful to both teachers and his peers. Matthew also is very involved in extracurricular activities and demonstrates these same qualities outside of the classroom. He is a very motivated student who is excited to learn as much Spanish as possible. He walks into class with a smile on his face and his attitude is contagious. He also asks great questions and is always willing to help others. He is a true pleasure to have in class! Matthew is also a proud member of Woodington Players.
Ian Borgersen and Zach Rahaman, Grade 10, nominated by Kayla Frohlich:
There was a medical emergency in PE class and these two students stayed with their injured friend until professional help arrived. They collected the injured student's belongings from his locker, helped physically carry him when instructed by authorities, and supported him with words of encouragement the entire time. In addition, they both listened and helped the teachers and nurses with any task needed. These two students are the definition of a true friend. Ian also participates in football, basketball, and baseball. Zach participates in football, track, basketball, academic decathlon, the psychology club, and the book club.
Matthew Zamora, Grade 8, nominated by Peter Richter
Matthew has been a real leader since joining the officer core of the National Junior Honor Society. Other officers have been recognizing how much he inspires them to get things done. They appreciate his motivating mini speeches about "anything can get done and the only thing holding you back is yourself". Matt volunteers his time to teach Tae Kwon Do to younger children. He is always respectful, asks lots of questions, and uses his humor at meetings to calm things down. He performs well in many honors classes, is very organized, and well-rounded student. Matthew is currently taking five honors classes and made Honors with Distinction for the first quarter.
Christian Maiz, Grade 12, nominated by Suzanne Reilly
Christian is a kind, considerate, determined and respectful young man. He is a true leader in the classroom and on all the playing fields. He his mature beyond his years and is always willing to help out in the classroom with anything that is asked of him. He is a conscientious student who does well and stops in his tracks to say "hello" each and every time we pass in the hall. Christian is an all-around "Good Person". Christian is a proud member of our football and wrestling teams and made the Honor Roll for the first quarter.