October Students of the Month Recognized

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Three Hampton Bays 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 October. Third-grader Maxwell Garcia, sixth-grader Annabelle Dominguez and senior Daniela Gutierrez were on hand to receive plaques and words of commendation from their respective principals during the Hampton Bays Board of Education meeting at the high school library on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Max is described by Hampton Bays Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer as kind, compassionate and a “real leader.” The third-grader is the first to make sure other students are okay if they fall down on the playground or in physical education class and is the first person to “buddy up” with new students, Mr. Meyer reported. Max plays soccer and recently received an award for his efforts on the field. He wants to be an archeologist when he grows up.

Annabelle not only loves reading and math, according to Middle School Principal Dennis Schug, but she’s also a quite an advanced student who has already read and enjoyed “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a high school-level book. She is a member of the Foreign Language Club and plays the flute in the school band. Mr. Schug noted that apart from academics and music, Annabelle loves to spend time at her parents’ stable, grooming, tacking and riding horses, and hopes to one day own her own stable. She plans to attend Mount Holyoke College, which her mother also attended.

Daniela is such a busy young woman that High School Principal Christopher Richardt said his head started to spin when he started tracking her many activities. The senior is taking a variety of AP classes—including biology, physics and Spanish—and is a member of the Key Club and SADD. Additionally, she is taking an internship class this semester and is working toward earning her Childhood Development Associate certification from BOCES. Daniela works at Tony’s Asian Fusion in East Quogue during the school year and is a nanny to three children during summer break. She has applied to nine colleges and has already received word that she has been accepted to SUNY Potsdam.