Human understanding award winners honored

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Sparta Sparta Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Thomas Morton, principals and PTO representatives presented the eleventh annual Human Understanding Awards to five recipients at a recent Board of Education meeting.
Each year, Sparta School District recognizes students from each school who exemplify the spirit of human understanding and demonstrate good citizenship, respect and consideration for others and for their school. Students were presented with a plaque and the Parent Teacher Organization of their school presented each recipient with a $50 check.
Justin Dalcourt, a fourth grader from Alpine School, was chosen to receive the award for his school.
According to his teachers, “Justin has come along way this year. In September he was shy and reserved. Now, he is very self-confident and one of the strongest leaders in the entire class. All of the students want to play with him because he is so kind and generous to every student.
“He continues to stay motivated with a positive attitude even while overcoming academic struggles and serious family illness. He is always one to volunteer to help teachers or students who need assistance. Everything he does is done with the finest manners and complete effort.
“We are extremely proud of Justin’s growth and attitude this year. We would love for Justin to be honored with this award.”
Helen Morgan School chose Christina Simon as their recipient. The staff at Helen Morgan notes that Christina is a child who sets a fine example, is fair, polite and helpful.
She works well with her fellow students and this shows up in not only deeds but also words. She respects people and things and knows how to share. Christina is a pleasant and concerned student.
Dominick Bartolomeo was chosen as the recipient from Mohawk Ave. School.
Principal, Mr. Michael Gregory says, “Dominick is one of our truly inspiring students. He is rarely seen without a smile on his face and gives 110% in all that he does. He shows respect not only for adults, but for his peers as well.
“His friends and teachers say very similar things about Dominick. One particular friend says that he is nice, but more importantly, Dominick tries to make people laugh and cheer them up when most needed.
“A teacher spoke very highly of Dominick’s character and that his kindness is inspiring. And yet another teacher claimed he makes everybody around him want to be a better person. There is no doubt in my mind that Dominick was an excellent choice to be the recipient of the Human Understanding Award at the Mohawk Ave. School.”
Sparta Middle School presented their award to Casey Cresbaugh.
Assistant Principal, Bryan Fleming, told the audience, “Casey is not only a dedicated student, a talented athlete and an intelligent young lady. She is a very thoughtful and caring person to people she interacts with daily and with everyone she meets.
“Casey is civic-minded, outgoing, and, as one of her teachers from last year put it, “genuine.” We are proud to have Casey as a student at Sparta Middle School.”
Colette Iacobazzo was chosen to receive the award from Sparta High School.
Principal, Richard Lio noted, “Colette is admired and respected by her peers, teachers and administration. She is a dedicated and responsible co-op student. She works very hard in the classroom and is compassionate and caring to all those around her.
“Her assertiveness and enthusiasm makes her a great asset to our high school and a special friend to her peers. Colette is the manager of the high school’s School Store. She is a DECA Executive board member, and an FBLA active member. She is one of our Heroes and Cool Kids, and a member of the Student Council, as well.”

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