OAHS March Students of the Month
Oxford Area High School recently held a breakfast to recognize the school’s Students of the Month for March. Each month teachers in selected departments nominate underclassmen for this honor, with the final selections made by the school administration.
Students of the Month are chosen based on criteria including demonstrating an effort and desire to learn; involvement in school and classroom activities; respect for all school policies and personnel; concern for the school community and friendliness and support for other students. The following Students of the Month for March were named after being nominated by members of the English and special education departments.
Oxford Area High School recently named its Students of the Month for March. Seated from left are freshmen Maria Zermeno-Sahagun, Nadia Bakalez and Heather Mullins, sophomore Emily Stewart and junior Addy Rogers; standing from left are junior Dominic Sassi, sophomore Justin Dawson, junior Alina Snopkowski and freshman Damian Garcia.
Nadia Bakalez, freshman: Nominating teacher Jill Dunfee said, "Nadia has been consistently outstanding this year. She strives to do her best on all assignments and participates in class during discussions. Nadia is polite and respectful to her teacher and peers."
Damian Garcia, freshman: Nominating teacher Jean Coldiron said, "Damian models leadership in our Foundations of English class. He arrives to class on time, he completes his work, and he assists other classmates when necessary.
"In addition, Damian is a respectful, cooperative and conscientious student. He is a good role model for other students."
Heather Mullins, freshman: Nominating teacher Niki Kelly said, "In addition to academic excellence, Heather shows maturity, responsibility and self-motivation that is extraordinary for a ninth grade student. She is one of the most polite and respectful students I've ever taught. Having her in class is truly my pleasure."
Maria Zermeno-Sahagun, freshman: Nominating teacher Carynne Burnett said, "Maria is one of my most hardworking students. She is extremely focused and extremely committed to excellence in her work. Maria also always improves from one assignment to the next."
Justin Dawson, sophomore: Nominating teacher Suzanne Lauer said, "Justin demonstrates an eagerness to learn every day when he comes to English class. He regularly participates in class discussions, asks questions and volunteers to read aloud.
"Justin is a diligent scholar. He is focused in class on completing assignments correctly, working well with his peers, and will seek help after school if necessary. Justin is polite, friendly and has an energizing, optimistic attitude."
Emily Stewart, sophomore: Nominating teacher Vanessa Kephart said, "Emily had one of the highest grades in 10th grade Honors English. She participates in class and is always on task and productive.
"Emily incorporates constructive criticism and teacher feedback, and always strives to improve. She is also a gifted writer."
Addy Rogers, junior: Nominating teacher Geri Hurley said, "Addy continues to strive to be her best every day. She cares about her grades and shows it across the board.
"Addy takes pride in her work. It is refreshing to have a student like Addy in class!"
Dominic Sassi, junior: Nominating teacher AnneMarie DeAngelis said, "Dominic is conscientious about his work because he not only cares about his grades, but he cares about my perception of him, which is rare in high school students today. He is always pleasant to me and his classmates.
"There isn't a day Dominic walks into my room without saying hello to me and others in the room. He has a great sense of humor and provides some much needed levity to the end of my day."
Alina Snopkowski, junior: Nominating teacher Kevin Lentz said, "Alina is an ideal English student. She has great reading comprehension and can handle even the most difficult texts.
"Alina is also a very strong writer. In classroom discussions, she is always willing to bring great insight."