Verona High School recognized the January students of the month at the February 23 Board of Education meeting. VHS Principal Joshua Cogdill began the student of the month award with the 2015-2016 school year. Students are selected from nominations made by VHS teachers.
The January students are Connor Seawright, grade 9; CJ Lavery, grade 10; Paige Nagy, grade 11; and Nicholas DeVivo, grade 12.
Connor Seawright was praised as a hardworking and devoted student. Paula Ramos-Santiago, a VHS biology teacher, said “Connor has been exceptional leader in my classroom. His positive attitude shines through each lesson. This is an exceptional student and I find myself lucky to have him.”
Cogdill said that CJ Lavery is excelling in multiple classes. Marla Burns, one of the high school’s learning counselors, said “CJ is the epitome of a hard-working, dedicated student. He possesses the motivation to accomplish whatever he wants. Even after his injury at the state football championship, he was in school the next day (by his request) to take a Mandarin test. He is also one of the most kind and respectful young men that we have here at VHS.”
For the second marking period, Paige Nagy earned an A- or higher in all of her classes. Business teacher Mitchell Roshong said, “Paige has been a tremendous student all year long. She has always taken her schoolwork very seriously and put forth a ton of effort. However, in the month of January, she exemplified all of the characteristics expected of a student of the month. Paige took the initiative to be a leader and rallied her entire group for our Entrepreneurship project. She delegated when necessary, collaborated when necessary, and put in the extra time with individual members.”
Nicholas DeVivo is excelling in all of his classes, including his three AP classes. Robert Maher, a VHS history teacher, said, “I nominate Nick DeVivo because of his stellar performance at the Academy Model UN conference held February 4th and 5th. He won Best Delegate for the European Union regional body committee. He was competing for the first time against schools with much more experienced delegates.”