Verona High School recognized the March students of the month at the April 26 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 March students were Rebecca Seubert, grade nine; Ian Ziolkowski, grade 10; Christopher Aldiero, grade 11; and Corey Meyer, grade 12.
Rebecca Seubert, who was not able to attend the evening, is a freshman taking three honors-level courses: Honors Modern World History, Honors Biology and Honors Geometry. For the third marking period, Mr. Cogdill noted that she earned an “A” or better in each of her classes. Seubert has also been present for every school day this year. VHS English teacher Alice Kobylarz said Seubert “possesses all the qualities of an outstanding student. Rebecca is inquisitive and self-motivated. She is a critical thinker and a problem solver who shows a true passion for learning. Her strong work ethic is evident in her success in the classroom, as well as in her devotion to the music program.”
The grade 10 honoree was Ian Ziolkowski, who earned a “B+” or greater in all of his classes in the third marking period, including an “A+” in Nathan Scott’s chemistry class. Mr. Cogdill noted that Ziolkowski also earned an “A” in band with music teacher Erik Lynch. Ziolkowski was praised for being present for every single school day this year and arriving on time each morning, prepared to tackle the challenges of each course. Science teacher Matthew Swajkowski said in his nomination of Ziolkowski that he “works extremely hard”, and Mr. Scott said, “Ian continues to impress not only with his understanding and mastery of ideas and skills, but his work ethic and perseverance serve as a model for his peers.”
Christopher Aldiero, the grade 11 honoree, earned an “A” or better in all of his third marking period classes, which include AP English, AP U.S. History, AP Environmental Science, and Spanish IV Honors. In addition, Aldiero has not been late to school for even one single day this school year. Environmental science teacher Corey Fineman said in his nomination that, “Chris is a hardworking, polite, and passionate student. Chris has been doing great work with the Marine Biology club in setting up a proposal to have more environmentally friendly water fountains installed in the school. Chris is a very hardworking student excelling in both my Physics and AP Environmental Science class. Chris is always willing to work with any student and shows all staff and students the same level of respect and courtesy that he would like to receive. Chris is very much a role model to all VHS students.”
Senior Corey Meyer earned an “A” or greater in all of his classes in the third marketing period. This includes an “A” in AP Environmental Science, an “A” in English IV, an “A” in History & the Hollywood Cinema, an “A+” in Medical Biology, an “A” in Pre-Calculus, and an “A” in band. Meyer was also praised for exceptional attendance and for arriving promptly each morning, prepared to grow. Meyer also is volunteer member of the Verona Rescue Squad. In his nomination, Mr. Lynch said, “Cory is a gentle and philanthropic young man who dedicates himself to every part of Verona High School, his community, and beyond.”