Students of the Month Recognized

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Three students — one from each school in the Hampton Bays School District — were awarded Student of the Month honors for the month of March at the Hampton Bays Board of Education meeting held in the high school library on April 9. Additionally, one of the February Student of the Month honorees was recognized at the meeting.

For the month of March, second-grader Lily Simpson-Heavey, fifth-grader Rebecca Heaney and senior Uyara Sandinha were on hand to receive plaques and words of commendation from their respective principals. The February Student of the Month for the middle school, eighth-grader Nicholas Kolb, also picked up his plaque and was honored.

Lily was nominated for Student of the Month by her teachers from her homeroom and the physical education department, according to Hampton Bays Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer. He reported that Lily is an ‘A’ student, as well as a kind and sharing person. The animal lover is involved in a variety of activities, including K Kids, Girl Scouts, chorus and lacrosse, and plans on becoming a second-grade teacher at Hampton Bays some day. “We are expecting big things from her,” he said.

Rebecca was nominated for Student of the Month by the physical education department, according to Hampton Bays Middle School Principal Dennis Schug. The future WNBA star has a “go hard or go home” attitude on the field and in the classroom, he said. Rebecca is also a strong student, counting math, social studies, band and physical education as her favorites. She is a member of the Let’s Move Club, SADD and basketball, and is also a voracious reader who highly recommends the “Stink” series of “Judy Moody” books.

Mr. Schug also had high praise for the February Student of the Month, Nicholas, who missed the last Board of Education meeting while participating in a field trip to Washington, D.C. “Nicholas makes the most of every opportunity,” he reported. “He’s a gentleman and a scholar … involved in everything.” Nicholas loves science and math and is an accomplished sax player, as well as the spokesperson for the Green Ribbon committee.

When talking about Uyara, Hampton Bays High School Principal Christopher Richardt said that she is one of the most determined and resilient students he has ever seen. Nominated by teacher Robin Spielman, Uyara arrived at Hampton Bays from Brazil and quickly overcame a language barrier. She’s also been the “model of character” while managing the loss of both her mother and her grandmother in the past year, Mr. Richardt reported. “Yet she’s always smiling, caring and helping others,” he said.