April Students of the Month Honored at Hampton Bays


Three students, one from each school in the district, received April “Student of the Month” honors during the Hampton Bays School Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

Second-grader Tristan Halsey, seventh grader Sarah Jiudice and senior Marcus Shams each received a plaque and high praise from their respective principals on Tuesday night.

Tristan Halsey “is a very special young man,” Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer reported as he handed Tristan his “Student of the Month” plaque. Mr. Meyer was accompanied by three of Tristan’s teachers, who all agreed that the second grader displays outstanding citizenship. According to the principal, Tristan, who aspires to be an architect when he grows up, is also an excellent role model for other students and is a terrific older brother to boot.

Sarah Jiudice’s teachers, according to Middle School Principal Lars Clemensen, unanimously nominated her for “Student of the Month” honors. He added that Sarah is a natural leader who is respected by her fellow students. Earlier this year, she spearheaded an effort to sew and donate pillows for orphans in Haiti. Her next project is to implement ways to make the district greener, including replacing Styrofoam lunch trays with more sustainable replacements next year. Sarah is also a student athlete who participates in softball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and choir, and is a Presidential Honor Student.

Marcus Shams, the Class of 2010 salutatorian, is an all-around accomplished student leader, according to High School Principal Chris Richardt. The principal added that Marcus was nominated by his health and physical education teachers, who had discovered that in spite of his many accomplishments, he had never been “Student of the Month.” “They said, ‘there’s no way he’s getting out of here without this plaque,’” Mr. Richardt joked as he gave Marcus his award. Prior to receiving his honor on Tuesday, the dedicated student reported that he had taken five AP exams in a week’s time. After graduation, Marcus will head off to Northern Arizona University next fall.