John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville announced the names of its November 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 Vincent Fioriello, Madelyn Lukanik, Lilliana Perron, and Tyler Smith.
Vinny is a hardworking student who always strives to do his best. Well mannered, he is a self-advocate who knows himself as a student and recognizes which strategies work to achieve his success. Along the way, he uses his sense of humor to shrug off setbacks. Vinny is a member of the cross country team and the ski/snowboard club and he plays town lacrosse. As a volunteer, he rakes leaves and shovels driveways. In his free time he sells golf balls.
Madelyn displays admirable leadership skills. She works well with her peers and always goes above and beyond what is asked of her. She is a member of the orchestra, the school newspaper and the swing choir. Madelyn plays town softball and includes among her interests playing the piano, dancing, and writing, particularly her own songs.
Lillianna is the sixth grade Unified Arts student of the month. In class she is kind and supportive as well as an active participant in accepting challenges presented by her teachers. Lilliana also helps by welcoming new students to the classroom. She plays town soccer and enjoys horseback riding, hiking, camping and math.
Tyler comes to class with a positive attitude and a willingness to work. Daily he puts forth his best efforts, and he prides himself on being successful. Tyler is a member of the Stock Market Club and the band. He plays town baseball and basketball and volunteers at the Eastern Regionals. In addition to sports, he enjoys reading.
Seventh grade students of the month are Griffin Campbell, Jake DellaVecchia, Nadilie Germain and Michael Maino.
Griffin is an extremely conscientious student and a quiet leader. An honor roll student, he is always “on his game”. Griffin is a member of the band and the woodwinds, and he plays town baseball. He volunteers at the Elks Lodge where he stocks shelves, sets up and cleans up after events. Outside school he plays tennis, reads, runs and rides his bike.
Jake is a conscientious student who actively participates in his classes. Polite and compassionate, he is always ready to help a peer who is in need of support. A member of the Voices of Thunder, he plays town and travel baseball. Jake volunteers to care for foster cats and to organize first aid kits for New Britain sports, he likes to write and watch movies.
Nadilie has great enthusiasm for her academics and is always willing to support peers who are struggling. A collaborative group leader, Nadilie is active in the Asset Building Committee, the Newspaper Club and the Writer’s Club. She volunteers at the PES Halloween party and for her church’s choir and Vacation Bible School. Nadilie enjoys dancing, writing, baking and reading in her spare time.
Michael is the seventh grade Unified Arts student of the month. A hardworking student, he is always helpful without ever being asked to do so. He works both independently and within a group as an outstanding participant and always with a smile on his face. Michael is a member of the bowling club, the chorus, Minecraft, Junior Next Steps and Unified Sports. He plays town soccer and enjoys spending time with his cat.
Eighth grade students of the month are Natalie Foligno, Leah Hinckley, Chloe Stanish and Christopher Taylor.
Natalie is kind and polite to all. She is compassionate with her peers and always willing to lend a helping hand. She is a member of the Builder’s Club, the honor roll, the NJHS, Unified Theater, Unified Sports, Junior Next Steps and the chorus. Natalie plays town lacrosse and basketball and she spends her SSR time working with students in need. She also volunteers with the adaptive soccer program sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. Away from school, Natalie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Leah is a conscientious student who is an active participant in class. Courteous and responsible, she has an excellent work ethic and relationship with her peers. Leah belongs to the band and to the Ping Pong Club. She also plays town football and softball.
Chloe, a leader among her peers, demonstrates excellent qualities of scholarship and character. She works very hard to balance her academic endeavors and her extra-curricular activities. Chloe is an honor roll student and a member of the band, the stage band, the NJHS. Peer Advocates, the Regionals and the volleyball team. She participates in town volleyball clinics and she volunteers at her church fairs and for the Salvation Army’s Ringing the Bell campaign. Chloe also enjoys singing and skiing.
Chris is the World Language student of the month. He works diligently to make World Language a part of his daily life, and he strives to use Spanish both inside and outside the classroom. Chris is polite, respectful, conscientious and hardworking. An honor roll student, he is a member of Mathcounts, the NJHS, the Peer Advocates, the band and the stage band. He plays town basketball and volunteers for the Junior Leaders Club at the YMCA.