Students of the Month Honored

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November Students of the Month were recognized during the Hampton Bays December Board of Education meeting.

Three students, one from the elementary school, one from the middle school and one from the high school, received plaques and words of commendation from their respective principals during the meeting. Second grader Josephine Perl, seventh grader Christina Pasca and sophomore Taylor Catz were each recognized for their exemplary scholarship and leadership.

Josephine was nominated for Student of the Month by her teacher, Barbara Ferucci, who assisted Hampton Bays Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer in presenting her student with her plaque. Also joining the educators were Josephine’s little brothers, Nate and Leo. “She’s so special that Ms. Ferucci insisted on being here tonight,” Mr. Meyer said, adding that Josephine loves literature, singing and dancing. Her goal is to travel around the world as a professional singer and dancer, Mr. Meyer said.

Christina is “an absolute pleasure to be around” and “oozes enthusiasm,” according to Hampton Bays Middle School Principal Dennis Schug. “She’s so well-rounded it’s incredible,” he added. Christina not only excels at school—her favorite subjects are science and English—but she also volunteers at a horse rehabilitation center, plays the xylophone, and loves to go sailing with her sister. Her goal is to become a veterinarian’s assistant when she turns 14, Mr. Schug reported.

Taylor was nominated for Student of the Month by his global history teacher, Danielle Russo, according to Hampton Bays High School Principal Christopher Richardt. Mr. Richardt said that he received the nomination from Ms. Russo just as he was signing Taylor’s commendation for making the honor roll. Taylor is an “outstanding young man and a three-sport athlete,” Mr. Richardt said, and he hopes to attend Penn State University and go on to become a sports commentator.