Students Recognized for May and June

A total of six students – two from each school in the district – were awarded Student of the Month honors during the Hampton Bays Board of Education meeting at the high school library on June 11. Due to the school year ending, both the May Students of the Month and the June Students of the Month were recognized.

First-grader Cole Meyer, eighth-grader Wendy Moreno and junior Mia Fasanella earned May Student of the Month honors. Kindergartner Laila DeRosa, eighth-grader Cristian Loaiza and senior Jason Kozofsky earned June Student of the Month honors. All were present and received plaques and words of commendations from their respective principals.

Cole is an outstanding student. "He's very modest, but he's got lots of reasons to be a braggart," Hampton Bays Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer said, joking that while he was not related to Cole, he wished he was. Cole is currently teaching his dog how to do tricks on the trampoline. He wants to be a volcanologist when he grows up.  

Wendy, a member of the Big 12 Team, was nominated because of her strong work ethic and positive attitude, according to Hampton Bays Middle School Principal Dennis Schug. She loves math and science – "for the gross parts," she told Mr. Schug – and wants to be a surgeon one day.

Mia is involved in many clubs, including the Honor Society, Foreign Language Club, Youth Court, Key Club, Student Council and cheerleading, according to High School Principal Christopher Richardt. She is also very strong academically, with a few AP classes under her belt and several more on her senior year schedule. She plans on traveling to Europe this summer as part of a student ambassadors program.

Even though she's just in kindergarten, Laila has already shown that she's an outstanding student, Mr. Meyer said. "We expect big things from her in the future," he told those present at the school board meeting.

Cristian was new to Hampton Bays this year, having arrived from Colombia, but the recent English learner has already shown himself to be an impressive and committed student, Mr. Schug said. "He pushes himself further than anybody," he added. Cristian loves physical education and English classes, as well as soccer and swimming. He plans to become a pro soccer player after college, Mr. Schug reported.

Jason was nominated for Student of the Month honors because of his leadership and humanitarian efforts, Mr. Richardt said. The senior will be attending college in Florida in the fall and will major in audio production and church music.