October Students of the Month
November 18, 2020
In an effort to better engage students, every month teachers will be nominating students for “Student of the Month.” Every grade level will nominate and choose one “Student of the Month” for a total of 6 students who will be recognized each month.
According to junior Anna Komorita, who is head of the academic committee in high school ASB, the idea was created to increase student participation and motivation in classes.
As part of the nomination process, a Google Form is sent to all teachers every month, and they are asked to nominate one student for each grade level they teach. ASB then places all of the nominations on a new form and teachers are asked to vote on the nominees.
7th, 8th, 9th
7th Grade: Vanessa Okpala
8th Grade: Anthony Ludegna
9th Grade: Alisa Rajha
Alisa Rajha is a very creative person. She has a very big imagination and likes writing fictional stories. Rahja also loves photography and wants to be either a photographer or a photojournalist. On her instagram page she finds pretty; her observant nature helps her take pictures. She is also a well-rounded student. She is currently in Yearbook, GSA, Seek to Inspire, and Key Club. During class, she works hard, always has her camera on, and unmutes a lot to engage in discussions. She advises other students to participate in class and do their work as well. At first, she didn’t know about the award and when she found out she was very proud of herself. Her cousins are one of her biggest motivators because they graduated with good grades and went to a good school, so she wants to follow in their footsteps. On her Instagram account @little_alisa_photograph, she showcases photos of things she finds pretty. She enjoys writing, and writes fictional stories in her free time.
10th, 11th, 12th
10th Grade: Tamira Lanzon
Moving to a different country can be challenging for teenagers who must leave their friends and family behind and start their lives again. Tamira Lanzon had a long journey from the U.K to the U.S in August 2019. She stated, “The flight was pretty long, around 11 and a half hours. I packed a massive suitcase, along with a rucksack, and my family also had a few boxes to move.” Adjusting to her new life was tough for her; she states, “It was pretty difficult [making friends] because of the cultural differences [at Silverado].” In January 2020, Lanzon switched schools from Silverado to University Preparatory, where she connected with the teachers and her classmates. When asked about her nomination, she stated, “I do my classwork on time, but other than that, I’m not sure [why I was nominated.]”