May and June Students of the Month Honored

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Six students, two from each school in the district, were recognized at the Tuesday, June 8, Hampton Bays School Board of Education meeting. Those student leaders—Andrew Torrez and Alyssa Brandes from the elementary school, Kevin Quintero and Taylor Dunn from the middle school, and Lie-Lu Zhou and Elizabeth Ouellette from the high school—received “Student of the Month” honors for the months of May and June.

First grader Andrew Torrez, eighth grader Kevin Quintero and sophomore Lie-Lu Zhou were named the May “Students of the Month.” Kindergartener Alyssa Brandes, seventh grader Taylor Dunn and senior Elizabeth Ouellette were named June “Students of the Month.”

Andrew Torrez’s teachers rave about him, Elementary School Principal Marc Meyer reported, though he noted that the young student said that he cannot wait for summer because ‘I need the rest.’” According to Mr. Meyer, Andrew’s dream is to become a pro NASCAR driver.

Kevin Quintero has been a high honor roll student for the past three periods and will likely make it for the last period of the year, according to Middle School Principal Lars Clemensen. Kevin is active in band, baseball and soccer. He told Mr. Clemensen that one of his favorite activities this school year was the social studies trip to Washington, D.C., during which he said that he and his classmates were able to “take the museum out of the book and into life.”

Lie-Lu Zhou, the high school “Student of the Month” for May was unable to attend the Board of Education meeting.

Alyssa Brandes was chosen as the June “Student of the Month” for the Elementary School because of her citizenship, her leadership abilities and because she is an excellent role model, Mr. Meyer reported. He also remarked that Alyssa, who wants to work in the medical field when she grows up, is a huge fan of singer Taylor Swift—so much so that she “is wearing the cd out.”

Middle school June “Student of the Month” Taylor Dunn is a “very busy girl,” according to Mr. Clemensen. She is a Presidential Honor Student, a student council member, a dancer, a chorus singer (and organizer of the Hampton Harmonizers), and also plays softball and basketball. Her plans are to become a teacher.

Elizabeth Ouellette, the June “Student of the Month” for the high school, is very active in school and extracurricular activities, Mr. Richard reported. She is the managing editor of the school newspaper, the president of the thespian society and is a three-sport athlete. Elizabeth will attend Suffolk Community College in the fall.