March Students of the Month Recognized at Hampton Bays

Two of the three March Students of the Month were recognized during the Hampton Bays Board of Education meeting at the high school on Tuesday, April 17.

Three students, one from the elementary school, one from the middle school and one from the high school, were nominated for Student of the Month honors for the month of March. Two students—third grader Katerina Reich and senior Jussara Sandinha—were on hand to receive plaques and words of commendation from their respective principals during the meeting. The Middle School Student of the Month, eighth grader William Dzanoucakis, was unable to attend but will receive his award at the next Board of Education meeting in May.

Katerina was nominated for Student of the Month by her teacher, Amy Dunkirk, according to Hampton Bays Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer. “Katerina is so outstanding that her teacher came,” he said as he introduced the third grader. “She’s a leader inside and outside the classroom; she’s a math whiz and also in chorus, K-Kids, and the Girl Scouts.” Mr. Meyer added that though Katerina is an exemplary student and quality human being, there is one major thing that he and the future veterinarian disagree on. “She’s a fan of the Thin Mint, but I favor the Samoas,” he joked.

Jussara was nominated for Student of the Month by ESL teacher Robin Spielman, who has taught the Brazil native for several years. Hampton Bays High School Principal Christopher Richardt reported that the senior, who counts English and math as her favorite subjects, hopes to study interior design at Suffolk County Community College next year. Ms. Spielman reported that Jussara is a published poet who is always creative, sympathetic, and supportive of others. “She always does her best,” Ms. Spielman said. “We’re very proud of her,” Mr. Richardt added.