October Students of the Month Recognized

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Three October Students of the Month – one from each school in the Hampton Bays School District – were recognized during the Nov. 12 Board of Education meeting at the high school.

Third-grader Raphael Dominguez, sixth-grader Samantha Fennelly and senior Rosa Yanes each received plaques and words of commendation from their respective principals.

Raphael is good at practically everything he does, said Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer, who called him "the definition of a Renaissance man." The standout student loves music and athletics and shows great citizenship to his fellow students, according to Mr. Meyer. When he grows up, Raphael wants to be a running back for the Chicago Bears.

Samantha is a committed student who is focused, smart and friendly, according to Middle School Principal Dennis Schug. Math is her favorite class and she's also very busy as a member of SADD, the Big 10 and Let's Move extracurricular groups. When she's not at school, Samantha takes gymnastics and excels at basic tumbling. She also loves to read and highly recommends books by James Patterson and as well as those about kids who are high achievers. Her life plan is to attend Harvard University and become an environmental lawyer.

Rosa is "having a great year," said High School Principal Chris Richardt. In addition to being the first person in her family to graduate from high school, she will also be one of the first Hampton Bays graduates to receive an Early Childhood Education CDA certificate when she accepts her diploma. A hard worker, Rosa holds jobs at Panera Bread and the Hampton Bays Public Library when she's not at school. "We are very, very proud of her," said Mr. Richardt.