November Students of the Month Recognized

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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 November. Second-grader Olivia Thayer, seventh-grader Matthew Zbikowski and sophomore Christian Nydegger were on hand to receive plaques and words of commendation from their respective administrators during the Hampton Bays Board of Education meeting at the high school library on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Olivia is a great student and a great citizen, Hampton Bays Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer said, adding that she also excels in math and is a person who truly cares about others. According to Mr. Meyer, Olivia said that she was most excited that her sister Jessica, who was recently in a serious car accident, would be at the meeting to see her receive the Student of the Month award. Olivia wants to be either a second-grade teacher or a veterinarian when she grows up.

Matthew is a class leader in all ways and has had a very solid first quarter, according to Middle School Principal Dennis Schug. He’s particularly interested in science and technology and is a member of the Robotics, Geo and Drama clubs. Mr. Schug said that Matthew credits extracurricular activities and persistence as his personal keys to success. He also reported that Matthew is a prolific reader who highly recommends J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

Christian was voted unanimously for Student of the Month honors by his social studies teachers and is a leader in the classroom, on the field and in the community, according to Hampton Bays High School Assistant Principal Anthony DeBlasio. Christian currently has a 94 cumulative weighted average and still finds time to play football, basketball and lacrosse. He’s also a junior firefighter and frequent participant in the HUGS leadership program.