John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its October 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 Amber Kohl, Mackenzie Ligon, and Matthew Morgan.
Amber is an extremely conscientious and hardworking young lady. She sets high standards for herself and strives to exceed those standards on a daily basis. Amber is a member of the Asset Building Committee, the Builders Club, the orchestra, and Select Strings. She is an active member of her dance team, and in her free time she likes to read and hang out with her friends.
Mackenzie takes pride in modeling school and classroom rules and procedures. Responsible and hardworking, she is a member of Minecraft and the band. Outside of school Mackenzie likes to read and spend quality time with her family.
Matthew is an excellent student whose work ethic and determination are exemplary. He plays Kennedy and town soccer, and he is also involved in town basketball and cross fit. Matt volunteers at his church and at the Mill Foundation, and he enjoys biking and running in his spare time.
Seventh grade students of the month are Ernest Arroyo, Joshua Budnik, Maya Ciaffaglione and Matthew Luponio.
Ernie, who always has a smile on his face, is a pleasure to have in class. An excellent student, he is a member of the honor roll, the NJHS, and the Stock Market Club. Ernie plays Little League baseball and volunteers in the guest reader program at the YMCA and for the Wheeler Clinic’s toy drive. In addition, Ernie likes to swim, bike ride, read fantasy novels, and spend time at Camp Sloper.
Joshua is a very hard worker and a conscientious student. He pushes himself to achieve his best, and he maintains a positive, creative and unique outlook on life. An honor roll student and a member of the Builders Club, Joshua plays town soccer. He also volunteers at the Apple Harvest Festival, at STEPS, and at his church where he helps with the coffee hour and plays piano in the chapel. Joshua also enjoys reading, drawing, and camping.
Maya is conscientious, inquisitive, and diligent in all her classes. A mature young lady, she is a helpful, patient, and independent student. A member of the Builders Club, the Color Guard, and Maya competes in all-star cheerleading events.
Matthew is the seventh grade World Language student of the month. Matthew is a bright, conscientious student. He is consistent in his work and constant in his attempt to learn and practice a new language. An honor roll student, Matthew is a member of MATHCOUNTS, Lego League, and Code Academy. He is also a member of the JFK cross country team as well as orchestra and con brio. He plays town soccer and is a member of the First Tee of CT. He volunteers at STEPS and the ABC committee. Outside of school, Matthew enjoys Legos, reading, drawing, writing, golfing and spending time with friends
Eighth grade students of the month are Tucker Raymond, David Sullivan, Jacob Vecchio and Julia Wakefield.
Tucker has a positive attitude about his studies, and he continually supports and encourages his peers. He also is successful in balancing his academic work with his extracurricular involvements. An honor roll student, Tucker is a member of the cross country team, the Ping Pong Club, and the band. He plays town lacrosse and enjoys reading, dodge ball, and being outdoors.
David is a positive and kind student who works well with others. Ever ready to help anyone in need, he plays JFK baseball and town football, basketball, and baseball. David also enjoys spending free time with his family.
Jacob is an energetic young man who is actively engaged in his studies. Conscientious and enthusiastic about his studies and an honor roll student, he works well with his peers. Jacob plays town football, baseball, and basketball and volunteers at Fundamental Flag. In addition to sports, he is interested in reading, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.
Julia is the eighth grade Unified Arts student of the month. Mature and self-confident in all aspects of her life, she is a focused leader. Julia is an honor roll student and a member of the Drama Club, the basketball team, the band, the stage band, NJHS, and the Ski/Snowboard Club. She plays travel basketball and lacrosse and volunteers for STEPS and the Southington Brass. Julia also enjoys drawing and creative writing activities.