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 Megan Crean, Matthew Feeney and Jack Freyler.
Megan is an excellent student with superb focus and determination. The consistency with which she demonstrates a superior work ethic is second to none. A member of the Unified Arts Theater, she has been involved in gymnastic competitions since she was a young child.
Matthew, whose teachers claim that he makes their jobs easier, is always prepared for class. A reliable student, he demonstrates a clear desire to do well. Matt’s teachers and peers can always count on him to do what is expected and to lend a helping hand to those in need. He plays town football and basketball and helps organize family events at his grandmother’s home. Matt balances his free time by playing with his dog and his video games.
Jack is an active participant in all of his academic classes. He goes above and beyond class expectations and he seeks challenges in all areas of his academic life. Jack is a member of the ping pong club, the ski/snowboard club, the cross country team, the band and the brass/percussion group. He plays town baseball, volunteers through the Leadership Club and enjoys fishing in his free time.
Seventh grade students of the month are Rachel Carbone, Margaret Coyle, Joseph Dorsey, Gavin Malone and Jenna Taylor.
Rachel is the seventh grade Unified Arts student of the month. A pleasure to have in class, Rachel is always prepared and she arrives in class with a positive attitude. Rachel is a member of the color guard, the NJHS, peer advocates, chorus and swing choir. An honor roll student, she consistently puts forth great effort and works well with others. She volunteers at the Derynoski Elementary School daycare and other activities monthly. Outside of JFK, Rachel enjoys dancing for Dance City and the Arts team and hanging out with friends.
Margaret , the seventh grade World Language student of the month, always exhibits an excellent attitude and puts forth great effort. She is a member of the honor roll, the NJHS, the peer advocates, the orchestra, select strings and the school newspaper.
Joseph is one of the hardest working students on his team. A new student this year at J.F.K., he has displayed a great sense of responsibility and a strong desire to succeed academically. Away from school he enjoys snowmobiling and taking care of his dog.
Gavin is a mature, responsible student who is inquisitive and self-motivated. In addition, he is patient and respectful. He helps to shovel his neighbor’s property, enjoys riding his bike and doing computer coding.
Jenna is a friendly, outgoing young lady who always gives 100 percent to all she does. Friends, peers and teachers alike enjoy her company. An honor roll student, she is a member of the Asset Building Committee, the builder’s club, the newspaper club, the school newspaper, the orchestra and the writer’s club. Jenna volunteers at the Southington Community Services where she packs food bags. She is also active in ballet.
Eighth grade students of the month are Melody Lacombe, Jake Napoli, Jeremy Rinaldi and Meredith Veilleux.
Melody is a role model for others. An extremely hard worker, she always puts forth her best effort in all she does. A quiet leader who works well with others, she is a member of the band and the writer’s club. When Melody is not in school, she enjoys working on her novel, “The Keys to Phobia,” which she is al so making into a movie.
Jake is the eighth grade Unified Arts student of the month. An honor roll student, he works hard in class and gets along well with others. Outgoing, respectful and polite, Jake is also helpful and creative. He is a member of the JFK baseball and basketball teams, and he plays travel basketball and town and travel baseball. Outside school he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Jeremy is a dedicated student who shows enthusiasm for learning. He has a very positive attitude, particularly when he works with his peers. An honor roll student, he is a member of the builder’s club, the NJHS, the cross country team, library volunteer and MATHCOUNTS. Jeremy plays town baseball and basketball, volunteers at the Southington library, helps out in his church’s CCD program and enjoys sports.
A friendly, cheerful young lady who works well with others, Meredith is a conscientious student who regularly contributes to class discussions. She is a member of the color guard, the drama club, the band, the Unified Theatre, the ski/snowboard club and the guidance aides. Meredith plays town softball and volunteers as a dance instructor to young children. Outside school she enjoys skiing, dance and piano lessons.