John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its January students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities.
Sixth grade students of the month are Landon Carmody, Greta Panke, Anthony Picone, and Leah Zaslavsky.
Landon is a dedicated and positive contributor to the JFK community. He is well-rounded and diligent in his efforts both inside and outside the classroom. Landon is a member of the Stock Market Club, and he plays town baseball and basketball. In addition to sports, he enjoys playing with his dog.
Greta is a conscientious and responsible young lady who is always up for a challenge and forever looking to push herself as a learner. She is a member of the chorus, the cross country team and the Ski/Snowboard Club. Greta plays town lacrosse, basketball and volunteers for her church at the Summit. She also enjoys playing outdoors in her family neighborhood.
Anthony is a hardworking student who is always prepared to meet any challenge presented by his team. He assumes a leadership role and in that capacity has earned respect from his peers. Anthony is a member of the Bowling Club and the band, and he plays town league baseball. He also helps his grandparents with yard work, plays on his computer, and hangs out with his friends.
Leah is the grade six Unified Arts student of the month. She is a talented musician who plays both the tuba and the piano. She is a leader in her section and an excellent and positive example setter for her peers. Leah, a member of the band and the stage band, includes homework and art classes among her outside interests.
Seventh grade students of the month are Faith Auletta, Gianna Perugini, Mia Sullivan, Christopher Taylor, and Olivia Walling.
Faith, a newcomer to Connecticut, has adjusted well to her new school, and she maintains many friends while still attaining high grades. She is an honor roll student, a member of the Drama Club, the chorus and the school newspaper staff. Faith is also a Southington Knights cheerleader and a volunteer for her church’s food drive. As an outside interest, she also enjoys the theater.
Gianna is a hardworking and conscientious student. Motivated and responsible, she is always willing to help others. Gianna is a member of the chorus, the orchestra, and the yearbook staff. She also enjoys playing softball.
Mia is the seventh grade Unified Arts student of the month. Hardworking, reliable, and helpful, she is a talented and creative artist. Mia is an honor roll student, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, the Peer Advocates, the chorus, and the volleyball team. She is a volunteer for the National Ski Patrol and for anyone in need. Mia is also involved with the CT National Volleyball League.
Christopher is the grade seven World Language student of the month. Always prepared and on task, he completes all assignments and goes above and beyond at all times. Chris is an honor roll student, ever ready to help his teachers and peers. He is a member of the band, the stage band, Peer Advocates, the National Junior Honor Society, the cross country team, and the JFK MATHCOUNTS team, which will compete on the county level at the University of Hartford in February. Chris plays town baseball and basketball and serves as a member of the YMCA’s Junior Leaders Club. He includes playing the trumpet and piano among his outside activities.
Olivia is a bright, courteous, and kind student. She continually demonstrates academic excellence, and she always carries herself with a positive demeanor. Olivia is a member of the Builders Club, the orchestra and an honor roll student. She dances in competitions and acts as an altar server at her church. She also enjoys gymnastics and volleyball.
Eighth grade students of the month are Adam Green, Heather Martin, and Hannah Platt.
Adam, a conscientious and hardworking student is an asset to his team. He is an outstanding resource in technology and he always shares his knowledge with his teachers. Adam is an honor roll student and a member of the Homework Club and the band. He plays town lacrosse and enjoys skateboarding, photography, and hanging out with his friends.
Heather is a hardworking student who is always focused on her studies. An outgoing young lady with both the faculty and her peers, she is a member of Best Buddies and the chorus. Heather plays town softball and volunteers at Mt. Pleasant. She also enjoys baking and hanging out with her friends.
Hannah has outstanding grades in her classes, and she continues to demonstrate above average levels of maturity, perseverance and kindness to all. Hannah is an honor roll student, a member of the Drama Club, Friends of Rachel, the National Junior Honor Society, the chorus, the swing choir, and the Regionals. Heather volunteers at the 4-H Club of Meliora in Meriden, and she enjoys horseback riding, playing the piano, and singing.