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January 2022

MALAKAI A. – Agriculture Science & Technology (nominated by Mrs. Stannard)

Malakai is always positive! No matter what the subject or how difficult the assignment, Malakai wants to dig in and learn as much as possible. He is a positive contributor to class discussions, is helpful to other students and does great work in laboratory activities. In addition, Malakai helps in the Agriculture department during study hall periods, and we can always depend on him to help in any of the different lab areas. Malakai was a great help during the Holiday sales and is also a valued member of the FFA officer team.”

 

CLAIRE C. – ART (nominated by Ms. Levinthal)

Claire is an extremely talented senior artist who has shown passion for creating phenomenal art since her freshman year. Her artwork has certainly drawn the attention of her peers and teachers alike. You'd think all of this would be what truly makes her shine but what also impressively stands out is her ever-ready smile and extraordinary enthusiasm for life and sharing. Claire spreads positivity! She is a joy to be around, converse with, and a true pleasure to have in class. If she continues to pursue her path to be an educator, she most certainly will be a motivating and dynamic influence in the classroom. Her continued presence over the years will be greatly missed when she graduates. Quite simply, Claire is an outstanding individual!”

 

CHASE C. – Technology & Engineering Education (nominated by Mr. Mirante)

“Chase struggled in my engineering classes at the start of the school year with finding his motivation and establishing a routine to be successful. He and I would have private conversations from time to time and in the closing weeks of quarter 1, Chase really pushed hard to rebound. I commend him for not simply giving up and shutting down after the rough start. On the final day of quarter 1, Chase approached me after class to let me know that although he did not perform exceedingly well in my classes for the duration of the quarter, he is happy about how well he did in the end. He said this is basically the best he has really done in any of his PLTW engineering classes, and he is going to try his best to stay on top of things moving forward. Hearing this really made my day!”

 

JAMES F. – Business (nominated by Mr. Kosinski)

"James is always positive, He has often shared his own personal life experiences so that others could understand subjects like health insurance, investments and other areas of financial interest."

 

LIAM G. – Counseling & Support (nominated by Mr. Plant)

New to SHS from New York City this year, has almost all A's, played soccer and now playing hockey here at SHS. Liam is a great help and role model for his brother. He lost his Dad a year and half ago, has seamlessly made friends here, has been very independent and consistent in all classes.”

 

RITA G. – Health & Physical Education (nominated by Mrs. Boulanger)

Each time I have Rita in class, she is focused, always on task, and always enhancing class discussions with both questions and comments that pertain directly to the topic we are discussing. She utilizes her class time wisely and diligently. She has great communication with me when both present in school and absent from class. She is a joy to have in class and I am inspired by her integrity and maturity.”

 

MACY G. – Family & Consumer Sciences (nominated by Mrs. Osborn)

“Macy goes out of her way to help others in the class, even if she is struggling herself. She never hesitates to offer her expertise or experience with her peers. She has persevered admirably through setbacks. She is kind to everyone and very humble. It is a pleasure to have her in class. I will miss her when the semester ends.”

 

IAN K. – WORLD LANGUAGE (nominated by Mrs. Zheng)

Ian is an incredible part of our Chinese program and a pleasure to have in class. He showed great interest and enthusiasm toward Chinese culture. He is always ready to learn and willing to help his classmates. He worked hard and brought a wealth of knowledge and energy to the class.”

 

LYHENG L. – Counseling & Support (nominated by Mrs. Crouch)

Lyheng came to Southington High School in September 2020 as a 10th grade student.  From the moment we met him, we knew that Lyheng would succeed.  Lyheng is an excellent student, who gives his best effort, in every single class.  He values his learning opportunities and does not let anything get in his way of success in the classroom.   Lyheng is never afraid to ask his teacher questions or to work with his peers in a group.  English is not Lyheng’s first language; yet,his determination and desire to become a part of Southington High School’s community has enabled him to develop his English skills quickly.  Lyheng is friendly and is always willing to talk and to help everyone he meets.  If things do not work out the way he planned, he stays positive and is willing to try again.  For these reasons, we nominate Lyheng La for the Make My Day Award!

 

Kmer Translation with Google Docs:

លីហេង បានមកវិទ្យាល័យ Southington ក្នុងខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ 2020 ជាសិស្សថ្នាក់ទី 10 ។ ចាប់​តាំង​ពី​ពេល​ដែល​យើង​បាន​ជួប​គាត់ យើង​បាន​ដឹង​ថា លីហេង នឹង​ទទួល​បាន​ជោគជ័យ។ លីហេង ជាសិស្សពូកែម្នាក់ ដែលខិតខំប្រឹងប្រែងអស់ពីសមត្ថភាព គ្រប់ថ្នាក់។ គាត់​ឲ្យ​តម្លៃ​លើ​ឱកាស​រៀន​សូត្រ​របស់​គាត់ ហើយ​មិន​បណ្តោយ​ឲ្យ​អ្វី​ចូល​ទៅ​ក្នុង​ផ្លូវ​ជោគជ័យ​ក្នុង​ថ្នាក់​រៀន​ឡើយ។ លីហេង មិនដែលខ្លាចក្នុងការសួរសំណួរគ្រូ ឬធ្វើការជាមួយមិត្តភ័ក្តិរបស់គាត់ជាក្រុមឡើយ។ ភាសាអង់គ្លេសមិនមែនជាភាសាដំបូងរបស់លីហេង។ ប៉ុន្តែការប្តេជ្ញាចិត្ត និងបំណងប្រាថ្នារបស់គាត់ក្នុងការក្លាយជាផ្នែកមួយនៃសហគមន៍របស់វិទ្យាល័យ Southington បានធ្វើឱ្យគាត់អភិវឌ្ឍជំនាញភាសាអង់គ្លេសរបស់គាត់បានយ៉ាងឆាប់រហ័ស។ លីហេង មានភាពរួសរាយរាក់ទាក់ ហើយតែងតែមានឆន្ទៈក្នុងការនិយាយ និងជួយមនុស្សគ្រប់គ្នាដែលគាត់បានជួប។ ប្រសិនបើអ្វីៗមិនដំណើរការដូចដែលខ្ញុំបានគ្រោងទុក គាត់នៅតែវិជ្ជមាន ហើយសុខចិត្តព្យាយាមម្តងទៀត។ ដោយហេតុផលទាំងនេះ ពួកយើងបានតែងតាំង លី ហេងឡា សម្រាប់ពានរង្វាន់ Make My Day!

 

ALEXANDER L. – Social Studies (nominated by Mr. Murphy)

I have had the pleasure and privilege of teaching Alex as a sophomore in World History Honors and this year, as a junior, in America At War.  Alex is the epitome of an exceptional young person.  He has consistently crafted exemplary products as a student in World History and America At War.  Alex can examine and analyze complex historical events from the lens of multiple perspectives.  In addition to this attribute, the most significant quality Alex has is his desire to grow and improve.  On the few occasions he has not achieved a goal/grade he set for himself, Alex has advocated for himself and inquired about how he could improve the next time. Alex and his parents should be as proud of his accomplishments as I am! Congratulations Alex, you have earned this award!”

 

NINA M. – Health & Physical Education (nominated by Mrs. Boulanger)

Nina is a stellar student who is a natural leader. She has a wonderful rapport with all her classmates, and she is equally sweet to every single one of them. I could clearly see that she is looked up to by many of her peers. In addition, Nina is always willing to help and is always the first to volunteer to assist me in setting up and cleaning up the equipment. She is highly motivated and is always willing to try her best. She has a great attitude every time she comes to class. It is a true breath of fresh air!”

 

NICOLE M. – MUSIC (nominated by Ms. Zirpolo)

Nicole Mulrooney is a pleasure to have in class. She is always prepared and is a quiet leader in ensemble rehearsal. Her musicianship and conduct are a model for other students to follow.”

 

BROOKE S. – Language Arts (nominated by Ms. Jorgensen)

Daily, when Brooke Sobolewski walks into the classroom she always has a smile and a kind word for those with whom she comes in contact. She is sweet-natured and a positive asset to her class. In addition, her willingness to work hard and help others highlight just a few of her strengths. She is also fair and kind, and I am glad I have had the opportunity to meet her and work with her this semester.”

 

KYLE S. – SCIENCE (nominated by Mrs. Bogdanski)

On a very stressful morning for everyone (due to unexpected icy roads), Kyle took the time to email me before school started to inform me that the parking lot was very icy and to be very careful walking in (please see the emailed note below).  His concern and kindness for his 7-month pregnant teacher was beyond sweet and very much appreciated.  Acts of kindness go a long way, and Kyle's email certainly helped the stress of that morning melt away.

Hi. I don’t know if you made safely yet, but if you did, it’s all ice back im the parking lot. I would either stay in ur car or just be careful. Take care pls  

Kyle's kindness and empathy is observed daily in my Anatomy and Forensics classes, as he consistently helps his peers, works extremely well with every person he is paired with, and is an absolute pleasure to have in two of my courses this semester.”

 

LUCA T. – MATHEMATICS (nominated by Mr. Adams, Mrs. Kudla, Mrs. Cousino & Mr. Hinman)

Luca is a regular visitor to the math department when working with his peers on The Knight’s Express Cart. He always put a smile on our face with his willingness to explain all the options for sale that day along with his personal favorites and recommendations. We look forward to the days that he is working and comes through with snacks for the teachers in the faculty room.”