WREA Honors 7 for Citizenship
DeWitt’s winner, Nicole E., exhibits cooperation, accountability, respect, and excellence (C.A.R.E.) in and out of school and is a shining example of having a drive to learn, being involved, and showing respect. She seeks challenges and reflects on how to improve, all while helping others. She is a member of the Pandas’ safety patrol, chorus, band, and art club. Through each of these activities she does her best and helps others along the way. In the classroom Nicole is a leader, taking an active role in group discussions and making sure all are included. Beyond the classroom she engages in activities, including football at recess, serving as a role model for sportsmanship. As a member of Club Impact she was moving toward being involved in activities that go beyond the walls of school to connect with community groups in need. This club is a great match for her as she thinks about and desires to help the world become a better place. Outside of school she is active in soccer, softball, and gymnastics. A Girl Scout, she and her fellow scouts worked collaboratively with the school on projects. As a part of Little Helpers she volunteers in the community, working at a soup kitchen, making blankets for children in need, and filling care packages for members of the Armed Forces. She also volunteers at her church on the kid's worship team and as a technology assistant.
Leah Z. excels in the classroom and in the community. She was a kindergarten bus safety, helped a first grader to class each morning, and was a reading buddy this year at Klem North. She was also part of the North Stars’ morning show, fifth grade band, chorus, art club, and intramurals. Leah participated in the NYSSMA Solo Festival in both fourth and fifth grade and was selected to All-County Band. This year she earned her Junior Aide award in Girl Scouting by helping her troop organize a holiday event for younger scouts. She is presently working with her troop to finalize their Bronze Award, the highest award in Junior Girl Scouting. For this she helped plan, fundraise, and sew pillow cases for the Golisano Children’s Hospital and providing craft kits for children at Golisano’s. Leah is also currently working toward the Girl Scout Summit Award, which is only given to Girl Scouts who have completed three Journeys at their level. This past winter, she cut fabric in preparation for Klem North Holiday Helping Hands night and helped create the blankets to hand out to kindergarteners at School #33. In December, she visited Baywinde Nursing Home with her band director and classmates to play holiday music and pass out treats to the residents. Leah has also volunteered in the concession stand at Jr. Titan/Jr. Warrior football games, plays softball for WAA and Webster Extreme, and is an avid reader.
Klem South’s winner, Ella H., acts with integrity in all that she does, consistently gives her best effort and shows pride in her work, strives for excellence in the classroom, and participates in class. When she makes a mistake or gets something wrong, she looks for guidance and edits her work to make it better. Ella is considerate of her fellow Penguins, making sure everyone has a chance to be heard. Even in quarantine Ella went out of her way to include all members of her team by setting up zoom study sessions for the Fifth Grade Book Battle, helping to lead her team to victory. She is respectful to fellow classmates, teachers, and staff. She is respected by her classmates and sensitive to others’ needs. Ella leads with her words and actions and is a great sport both in the classroom and beyond. She constantly encourages others to do their best and treats everyone with fairness, generosity, and courtesy. She congratulates others when they do well and offers support to classmates when they struggle. In school Ella participated in band, chorus, art club, and yoga club. She also was a member of the Penguin Press and was a safety. Outside of school she participates in tap, ballet, and jazz, plays on two softball teams, and volunteers at her church as well as The Pines of Perinton, where her compassionate personality shines through.
Plank North’s Evan W. consistently demonstrates the criteria set forth for this honor. At school he participated in intramurals, chorus, art club, and band. At the beginning and end of each day, he could be found smiling on the bus loop as an outdoor safety. Outside of school, Evan plays on a travel soccer team and is a Boy Scout. Additionally, he helps the environment by composting at home. In terms of scholarship, Evan takes his learning seriously and his essential skills are impressive. He pushes himself on every task no matter how small. Evan volunteers to engage in academic activities that go beyond the classroom. In the past, he has been a member of the Lego League and participated in the Plank North Learning Showcase. He also finished the year by taking part in Battle of the Books. Evan leads by example in and out of the classroom. His gentle, quiet nature makes everyone around him feel comfortable. He demonstrates kindness and respect when working in small student groups or with teachers. His classmates know they can count on Evan in any situation. He is well respected by his peers and is the kind of person who wants everyone to succeed, whether it’s in the classroom, the gym, or on the soccer field. Evan is positive, encouraging, and sets the right tone in all situations.
Brenna L. exemplifies what it means to be a good citizen in school and community. She is a kind-hearted, caring student who is a friend to all and demonstrates CARE behaviors. At Plank South she has been a recycling leader, art helper, and member of safety patrol. She has been involved with the morning show, the special events committee, and Literacy Night. As her classroom PTSA representative, she volunteered at School 17 to distribute Christmas gifts. In the community, Brenna has been a special needs helper at a local dance studio and has often danced at nursing homes to bring cheer to the residents. She keeps the community clean by picking up trash. With her church, she fills food bags for Foodlink. She has also been involved with Operation Christmas Child for the past five years. Brenna went with her family to the island of St. John to help with Hurricane Irma Relief by cleaning debris from people’s yards. Every year she donates Halloween candy to soldiers overseas. She has also organized a fundraiser for children with hair loss and shaved her head so her hair could be used to make a wig for another child.
Carter C. consistently demonstrates C.A.R.E and essential skills at Schlegel. In addition, he shows strong qualities of leadership and sportsmanship. Choosing to be kind, showing respect, and being his highest self comes naturally. Carter begins each day with a positive mindset and a smile. He is a self-motivated learner, a leader, and a kindhearted friend. Carter lends a hand and offers words of encouragement and a sincere smile to anyone in need. He takes the time to get to know others and works hard to make sure everyone feels welcome and included. Carter strives to be his very best and takes pride in his academics. Even with his successes, he continues to find ways to improve the quality of his work on a daily basis. Carter is eager to receive peer and adult feedback, takes academic risks, and challenges himself to grow. His creative thinking and dedication to his learning shines through in all that he does at school. In addition, his encouraging words, strong work ethic, and effective collaboration skills help him support the learning of others. Carter is a school safety and participates in band and Math Olympiad. Outside of school he is a member of the Rochester Coalition Hockey team where he was recognized as a playmaker. He also plays for Webster Lacrosse Club and Sweetlax. In all of this Carter strives to be his very best through continued practice and hard work.
Ella C. participates in many activities at State Road, including K-Kids, band, safety patrol, and chorus. Outside of the classroom she is a gymnast and an active member of Girl Scout Troop 60415. When asked, Ella’s friends overwhelmingly used the word “kind” in their comments about her. Her kindness is found in the way she includes others in everything she does and the gentleness in her voice when having conversations. Her kindness shows in the way she speaks to adults, often to show appreciation for what they do for her, as well as bravery in speaking up to adults when she believes a mistake has been made or someone has been misunderstood. Ella’s smile is genuine and shared with others so that, without words, they know that she enjoys being with them, helping them, or just being in the moment together. Ella’s commitment to what she is doing is never anything less than 100%. She is always conscious of including everyone in whatever she is doing, whether it be working on a tricky math problem in class, including others in the cafeteria, or outside during recess. During distance learning, Ella continued to be committed to not only her own learning, but to check on those around her as well. She shares quotes and inspiring comments to be sure that everyone knows that they are cared about. She even took on the task of writing the class morning message.
Each Citizenship Award winner received a medal and will have his/her name engraved on the Citizenship Award plaque located in their elementary school. In addition, each student will be invited to be recognized at a Webster CSD Board of Education meeting followed by a reception sponsored by WREA.
WREA representatives working with the school teams to select the honorees were Deb Beckmann-Hein, Heidi Zastowny, Dina Dugan, Andy David, Dennis Kuhn, Kathy Foster, and Maurine Johnson.