January Students of the Month Honored

Three January Students of the Month – one from each school in the District – were recognized during the district’s Feb. 11 Board of Education meeting. One December Student of the Month was also honored at the meeting, as she had been unable to attend her recognition ceremony.

Kindergartner Olivia Purta, seventh-grader Juliana Perez and junior Annika Kennedy were recognized as the January students, while eighth-grader Kenia Torres was recognized for December. Each received a plaque and words of commendation from their respective principals.

“Olivia has already gotten off to a flying start as a great leader and outstanding role model," said Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer. He also acknowledged her exemplary manners and noted that she is currently preparing for her role in a spring dance recital.  

Middle School Principal Dennis Schug said he admires Juliana for her individuality and strength of conviction, as well as for her commendable efforts to be a good role model for her younger sister, kindergartner Hannah. Juliana is a strong student and particularly excels in science and math. Outside of school, she is a gymnast, dancer and photographer who plans on studying at Harvard. Mr. Schug reported that Juliana asked for a Polaroid camera for her upcoming birthday. "She really sees the beauty in everything around us," he said.

Mr. Schug was equally enthusiastic about Kenia, who loves science, particularly human biology. He described the Big 12 team member as "an old soul and a very reflective, deep thinker who takes pride in her work." When she's not studying, Kenia loves to bike, fish, sail and read for pleasure. She plans on attending Parsons The New School for Design and working at Teen Vogue or moving to London to become a photographer or fashion designer.
"Annika is one of our busiest, brightest students," said High School Principal Christopher Richardt. "She's a central figure in the science department and Advanced Placement physics." The junior plans on working toward a doctorate in neuroscience at either Brown or Cornell. Annika is also in the Chess Club and Robotics Club and part of the Mock Trial team. Outside of school, she works part-time at Krieg's Bakery in Hampton Bays.