John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville announced the names of its April students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities.
Sixth grade students of the month are Justin McMeans, Jenna Michaud, Stephanie Starrs.
Justin, an honor roll student, takes great pride in his work and exhibits excellent citizenship qualities in class. He is a member of the artist workshop and the ping pong club, and he plays town basketball. His outside interests also include art and drawing.
Jenna is a well-behaved, responsible and respectful young lady, a conscientious student whose aim is to be successful. She is always prepared with necessary materials for class work, tests and quizzes. Jenna works well with peers and adults, and she is a self-advocate who seeks assistance or clarification when necessary. She is an honor roll student and a member of the newspaper club and the orchestra where she plays the violin. Jenna plays town and travel softball and works with young players to improve their skills. She especially enjoys playing outdoor sports.
Stephanie is a conscientious, polite young lady and enthusiastic learner. A positive influence in all of her classes, she is consistent in her academics by putting forth her best efforts. Stephanie is an honor roll student and member of the basketball team and the brass/percussion group where she plays trombone. She plays travel and premiere soccer and donates food and clothing to Southington Community Services. Outside school she enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends.
Seventh grade students of the month are Kiley Cristman, Fanola Dede, Madeline Fisher and Dylan Sandow.
Kiley is a responsible and conscientious member of the team. A hard worker, she excels in all of her classes in spite of obstacles that may cross her path. She is a member of the American Red Cross, the basketball team, the gingerbread house competition, the honor roll, MATHCOUNTS, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), team awareness, and the band where she plays the clarinet. Kiley plays travel softball and basketball and volunteers at the Meriden Humane Society. In her free time she hangs out with friends and plays sports.
Fanola is a wonderful, conscientious young lady who does her best at all times. She is a member of the ABC Classroom, the American Red Cross, the gingerbread house competition, the honor roll, the chorus and the volleyball team as manager. Her interests outside of school include soccer, volleyball and reading.
Madeline is a patient, kind and helpful student. She possesses leadership qualities along with her ability to stay motivated, dedicated and focused. An honor roll student, she is a member of Junior Next Steps, the band where she plays the flute, and the gingerbread house competition. Madeline plays town and summer league lacrosse, enjoys being active and hanging out with her friends.
Dylan is the seventh grade Unified Arts student of the month. A dedicated and talented violin player, she also takes private lessons. Dylan is always prepared for class where she is a very enthusiastic and active participant. She is polite and helpful to her peers and, overall, an asset to the school’s music department. An honor roll student and a morning announcer, she is a member of Con Brio, the orchestra and the newspaper club.
Dylan takes tap, jazz, ballet and pointe lessons and with her friends in fifth grade at Plantsville Elementary school she created a masquerade ball program. Proceeds from ticket sales provide funding for breast cancer screenings. Dylan continues to participate and she speaks annually at the event in memory of her grandmother. Away from school Dylan also enjoys movies, classic rock and hanging out with her friends.
Eighth grade students of the month are Avery Cowen, Justin Lockhart, Emma Plourde, Aidan Reilly and Hannah Sousa.
Avery works hard in all her classes, and she consistently demonstrates analytical abilities above those of her peers. She also demonstrates leadership qualities when working collaboratively in the classroom. Avery is a member of the color guard, Con Brio, the honor roll, NJHS, Relay for Life, the ski/snowboard club, Unified Theater, and the orchestra where she plays the cello. Avery plays town soccer and lacrosse and helps her sister’s Girl Scout troop with various activities. Outside school, she likes to hike, go snowmobiling and hang out with her friends.
Justin is the eighth grade Unified Arts student of the month. A humble young man, he displays a genuine care and concern for others. He is willing to accept constructive criticism and adjust accordingly. Justin is a chorus member, and weekly he participates in his neighborhoods clean up. Outside school he enjoys riding his BMX freestyle bike.
Emma is the eighth grade World Language student of the month. A hardworking, conscientious student she is polite and helpful to her peers. She also works well both independently and in groups. An honor roll student and a member of NJHS, she belongs to the color guard and the chorus. Emma volunteers at the Meriden Humane Society and outside school she enjoys playing outdoors, hiking and sports.
Aidan is a hard worker who always puts forth his best effort. He is an active class participant who also takes advantage of additional learning opportunities. Friendly, helpful and an honor roll student, he is a member of the drama club’s stage crew, the gingerbread house competition, Junior Next Steps, the cross country team, and Relay for Life. Aidan plays town basketball and travel baseball and in addition to sports likes to hang out with his friends.