Champions’ Stories Demonstrate Character, Citizenship and Compassion


High school teachers and administrators honored 18 noteworthy students at the school’s biannual Breakfast for Champions, recognizing those who have worked on achieving their personal bests inside and outside the classroom, demonstrated good citizenship, or showed compassion to help others. Serenaded by music from the high school’s string ensemble, students and their parents gathered in the school’s library for a celebratory breakfast and recognition ceremony on April 23.

Twice per school year, the high school’s 15 departments select students as champions alongside three additional champions chosen by principals and a teacher. All of the honored students were presented with plaques by their nominating teacher or administrator, and their achievements and personal stories were noted.

Honorees receiving plaques at the Spring 2014 edition of the Breakfast for Champions included Joel Berdecia (art), David Hamil (athletics), Briana Cassano (business), Tonuza Ahmed (English language arts), Jeniffer Urena (ENL), Sheni Chow (family and consumer science), John DiModica (guidance), Taylor Maucere (health), Erica DeLuca (math), Katherine Keller (performing arts), Dominique Guttadauria (physical education), Laura DeCleus (science), Tyler Stevens (social studies), Nicholas Quigley (technology) and Matthew Ferrara (world languages). The Principal’s Award was presented to Sarah Heyne, the Associate Principal’s Award to Ali Wiener and the Teacher’s Award to Donald Hecker.

“These students show excellent conduct and character on a daily basis,” said Jeanne Kozlowsky, the school’s associate principal of curriculum. “The stories we heard today recognized the students for all their achievement, hard work and determination to overcome obstacles.”