April Students of the Month Recognized

Three students — one from each school in the Hampton Bays School District — were awarded Student of the Month honors for the month of April at the Hampton Bays Board of Education meeting at the high school library on May 14.

Second-grader Aidan O'Brien, eighth-grader Julia Dzakonski and senior Jesse Dubrowsky were on hand to receive plaques and words of commendation from their respective principals.

Aidan was nominated for Student of the Month by his teacher Richard Berglin. Mr. Berglin, along with Hampton Bays Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer, commended Aidan for his strength of character. They reported that he is a student who always does the right thing, whether in class, on the playground or anywhere else. The future scientist told Mr. Meyer that he also wants to be an airline pilot so he can fly his private jet to his future beach house in North Carolina.

Julia was nominated for Student of the Month by her algebra teacher, Kevin O'Toole. According to Hampton Bays Middle School Principal Dennis Schug, she plans on attending Boston University and studying to become a math teacher. Julia is a busy student-athlete, playing on the basketball team as center and softball team as first base and pitcher. She's also a big reader and highly recommends the "Harry Potter" books to other bibliophiles.

High School Principal Christopher Richardt joked that Jesse, the salutatorian for the Class of 2013, "does not get to leave without becoming the Student of the Month." The high-achieving student, who plans on attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and majoring in engineering, has set a positive example throughout his life, according to Mr. Richardt. "He's a leader, always doing what is right; he's a model of good character," he said. On Tuesday night, the principal also shared the news that Jesse, who is a volunteer EMT outside of school, had just earned a $13,500 scholarship for his dedication to the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship organization.