John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its April 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 Alyssa Bowker, Maya Ciaffaglione, Peter Loban, and Thomas Nardi.
Alyssa, the sixth grade Unified Arts student of the month, brings a positive attitude, an outstanding work ethic, and a fun personality to class. She is a member of the Color Guard, and participates in town soccer and cheerleading. Outside school, Alyssa enjoys hanging out with her friends.
Maya is a hardworking student who always tries her best. Conscientious and always prepared, she knows what needs to get done. With her positive attitude, she gets along well with both peers and adults. She is a member of the JFK cheerleading squad and the town’s tumbling and gymnastics group. Maya volunteers at her church, a local school’s PTO, a nursing home, and she cleans up after household pets. Her other interests include baking, cooking, sewing, and hanging out with friends.
Peter always works hard. He advocates for himself, and his effort is evident on a daily basis. He is a member of the band and the stage band, and away from school he plays golf and enjoys the company of friends.
Thomas is an extremely hard worker who takes pride in doing his best. His well-rounded work ethic is consistent on a daily basis. He is a member of the Stock Market Club, plays travel football and out of town youth hockey where he also serves as an instructor. In addition, Tom enjoys building projects and doing repairs.
Seventh grade students of the month are Christian Cahill, Erida Koxha, Brooke Lynch, and Joelle Stublarec.
Christian is a dedicated young man who works extremely hard to master new concepts and to aid his peers in their work. He is an honor roll student, a member of the Builders Club, the chorus, and Voices of Thunder. Christian plays town football, and he includes basketball, reading, drawing, and fishing among his other interests.
Erida is the seventh grade World Language student of the month. On a daily basis, she excels in all her assignments and assessments. She demonstrates dedication to her studies and continually asks questions to make connections and further expand her Spanish speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills. Erida is also an excellent class citizen. She always extends a helping hand and serves as a leader who provides guidance and insight to her peers. She is an honor roll student, a morning announcer, a Techxpert, and a member of MATHCOUNTS. She volunteers for food drives and likes to play basketball and spend time with her family.
Brooke is a likeable young lady who is popular among her peers and teachers. She always does her best and is an honor roll student and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She also belongs to the chorus, the cross country team, and Junior Next Steps. Brooke plays town lacrosse and volunteers as a babysitter and as a member of the STEPS Youth Council. She also likes to spend time with her family, friends, and dog. Brooke enjoys reading and doing crafts in her spare time.
Joelle is a mature, conscientious student who is always willing to help others. She plays a leadership role in group activities and performs with the stage band. Joelle swims at the YMCA and plays match tennis at the high school. She helps at her church’s nursery, and she likes music, singing and playing the piano, the flute, the mallet percussion bells, and the xylophone.
Eighth grade students of the month are Aparna Athreya, Joshua Dziob, Aliya Sarris and Nicholas Truncali.
Aparna is the eighth grade Unified Arts student of the month. She always puts forth her best effort, and she encourages others through her words and actions. Aparna has a high level of commitment to her singing groups as well as to other clubs with which she is involved. She is an honor roll student and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Aparna is on the cross country team, and she sings with the chorus, the swing choir, the Acapella Group, and the Regionals. She also volunteers at the Food Pantry.
Joshua is a kind, polite young man who leads by example. He is a quiet leader within the classroom where he is a role model for all. Josh is a member of the chorus and the Voices of Thunder. When not in school, he likes to hang out with his friends.
Aliya is a bright, personable, and innovative young lady who has dedicated herself to her studies. She works continuously to her utmost abilities in all academic classes. She is an honor roll student, a morning announcer and a member of the National Junior Honor Society, the band, the swing choir, the Regionals, and MATHCOUNTS. Aliya volunteers at the Waterbury Tulip Festival, the Relay for Life, and as a teen advisor at the Southington Library. She also enjoys reading, writing, and biking.
Nick, a polite and mature young man, demonstrates strong leadership skills. With compassion and empathy, he is helpful in class with his peers. Nick is an honor roll student and a member of the Lego League and the chorus. He plays town baseball and basketball and likes to ski and do woodworking away from school.