SunSentinel Character Counts!

Student Nominees

 Character Counts

Each month students are nominated by teachers, administrators, or counselors who exhibit character traits that fall under the six pillars of SunSentinel's Character Counts! Program: Trustworthiness, Responsibilty, Respect, Caring, Fairness, & Citizenship. Students who are nominated will be rewarded with aSunSentinel Character Counts! certificate, will be recognized through school announcements and our Edline page, and if chosen, will have the opportunity to be featured in the Community & Society section of the SunSentinel newspaper. For further information, please contact Mrs. Rizzo at: mary.rizzocascio@palmbeachschools.org

2016-2017 Nominees

September Student Nominees

Student: Kyle Fabien

Character Trait: Respect

Nominated By: Mr. Sachse

I have had Kyle for 4 years, and he has always been very polite and respectful in my classes.  He is a hard worker and strives for excellence.'

Student: Randolph Macaluso

Character Trait: All traits

Nominated By: Mr. Muhlerwirth

Randy has qualities that will take him far in life. He has plans to serve his country upon graduation as a combat medic.

2015-2016 Nominees

February Student Nominees

Student: Emily Frey

Character Trait: All traits

Nominated By: Mr. Maloney

I believe she exemplifies all of these traits. She volunteers at the Miracle League, a baseball league for children with disabilities, She always shows up for practices and games in softball and soccer. She is a great all-around kid.

Student: Morgan Patipa

Character Trait: Responsibility

Nominated By: Ms. Jensen

She is a very hard worker who is conscientious of always giving 100%.  She is an excellent role model for many to persevere through life's ups and downs.  Morgan is a very friendly and giving individual.  She is overall just a fabulous young lady.

January Student Nominees

Student: Lauren Abubakar

Character Trait: Respect

Nominated By: Ms. Jensen

She is a very hard worker and extremely respectful.  She is the role model for all of her fellow peers.  She is a fantastic student!

Student: Sondere Dorceus

Character Trait: Caring

Nominated By: Ms. Jensen

He has worked very hard to turn his grade around in my algebra class.  He attended tutoring during 2nd quarter on a regular basis.  He was willing to help other students as the quarter neared to an end because he understood the concepts that well.  He has shown that with work you can do anything and has shown he cares.

Student: Herve Auguste

Character Trait: Responsibility & Trustworthy

Nominated By: Mr. Sachse

Herve is a great student and person as a whole.  He is very responsible and trustworthy.  He has claimed part of the Eagles Nest as his.  He has construction a portion of the house with little help from others.  He works diligently to make sure everything is perfect.

December Student Nominee

Student: Falin McClellan

Character Trait: Respect

Nominated By: Ms. Teague

Falin is motivated to be successful, she is a hard worker! One of her unique abilities is to problem- solve. She raise questions, see new possibilities and follows her convictions all while showing respect for others. Falin is a trusted leader in the classroom. Other students value her input in the classroom.

Student: Antwaine Richardson

Character Trait: Citizenship

Nominated By: Ms. Teague

Antwaine is a solid citizen. He follows rules and procedures both inside and outside of the classroom. He is a leader! His respect for others is noted!

November Student Nominees

Student: Connor Dillon

Character Trait: Responsibility

Nominated By: Mr. Dixon

If you didn't know any better, you would think this young man worked in the Media Center.  He is scheduled to be a student aide every other day, but he volunteers his free time helping us with inventory, organizing computer equipment, and retrieving students from class.

Student: Elizabeth Schwendeman

Character Trait: Caring

Nominated By: Ms. Konash

Paige is a wonderful girl I have had the pleasure of teaching for the last 2 years.

Paige is outstanding in Academics, as well as she is involved in ATL athletics. What makes Paige standout is her desire to help others. Paige last year assisted with a student with very low functioning skills in art class. Paige would help her to get her materials out, keep her on track and make sure she made it to her next classroom. I was always so pleased to see how Paige was patient all soft spoken with this other student. When talking to her dad at parent night I found out that this is not just a positive character trait her at ATL. Paige has been participating in a local baseball organization for children with disabilities for years. After a quick talk with Paige you will realize too that she is an outstanding representative for character her at ATL.

October Student Nominees

Student: Matthew Terra-Nova

Character Trait: Citizenship

Nominated By: Lt. Col. Rodriguez

He is an exceptional young man; smart, enthusiastic and dedicated to his family, friends, school, and fellow cadets.  He is a natural leader with a charismatic personality, strong work ethic, and a genuine concern for the people around him.  He learns new information quickly, assumes positions of greater responsibility readily and without hesitation.  He is natural leader with a strong work ethic.  During his tenure in JROTC he worked his way from Cadet Recruit responsible only for himself to the Brigade Commander responsible for planning, coordinating multiple program activities and teaching, coaching and mentoring 356 JROTC cadets.

Student: Ron Ulysse

Character Trait: Responsibility

Nominated By: Mrs. Logan

Sweet, non-confrontational, promotes initiative, AHS ambassador. Completes assignments neatly, with effort. AVID, "A" student and works willingly.

September Student Nominees

Student: Louvernson Alexis

Character Trait: Responsibility

Nominated By: Mr. Sachse

Louverson has been with me for 3 years.  When he first arrived in my class he was a shy young man with many family issue to deal with.  He has or has them under control and has begun his journey into adulthood.  He  has shown great amount of responsibility and a person whom I can count on.  He has given up much of his time to help with projects for others around school. Louverson came to me the other day excited about his future.  He has earned his Core certification and is on his way to earn Industry Certification.  He will complete his OSHA 10hr training, soon.  Because of this he has gone out looking for a job in the local area with great opportunities.  (His age is holding him back at the moment).

Student: Daniel Brassloff

Character Trait: Respect, Caring, and Responsibility

Nominated By: Ms. Walls

He blew me away with his professionalism and passion.  He is a senior and is the president of "We The People" club.  He spoke to me about his plans to help get the awareness out about bullying and suicide prevention.  We talked about having him on our newscast next week to talk about the walk  "We The People" are participating in on October 3rd (Walk to Fight Suicide) with Out of the Darkness.I was very impressed with this student, his professionalism, maturity to sensitive subject matter, and not afraid to get involved.

Student: Alexander Castro

Character Trait: Respect

Nominated By: Ms. Jensen

He is an awesome student!!!  I wish I had a class full of students who exhibit the character he does.  Alexander is very dedicated and gets his work done on time and is very attentive to detail which is necessary in math.  He is very respectful to his teacher and peers and I have never had to ask Alex to adhere to any rules...he knows the rules and accepts them without question.  If I were to pick one student in all of my classes I could trust with 100% confidence, it would be Alex.  He exhibits the necessary skills and attributes to be a dedicated student, but also a contributing member to society.

Student: Kerry Gao

Character Trait: Responsibility

Teacher: Ms. Chee A Tow

She took the initiative to contact me regarding club rush. I gave her the date and without any further questions, she  organized the students for working the table and planned the activities for the first Math Club meeting. She always follows through and plans ahead. She is a joy to work with as a student leader.

Student: Michael Jones

Character Trait: Responsibility

Nominated By: Mr. Dixon

Michael assists us in the Media Center with everything from textbooks to technology repair.  He is responsible enough to be sent to classrooms to assist teachers as well.

Student: Derrick McClendon

Character Trait: Respect

Nominated By: Mr. Wigelsworth

Honest, hardworking and a student-athlete.

Student: Kierstin McClintock

Character Trait: Fairness, Respect

Nominated By: Mr. Bowman

She is one of our band seniors.  I know she is an avid Girl Scout, and often working towards her own growth as a leader and community member.  In the band she is one of our drum majors, and is responsible for a lot of details that surround our events.  As a leader she focuses on fairness and respect, and at times will sacrifice her own report with fellow band members in order to maintain high standards.  Kierstin has always impressed me as one of good character and morale.  I would consider her for the nomination.

Student: Samuel St. Surin

Character Trait: Respect

Nominated By: Mrs. Logan

During outtings (fire drills, computer lab) he always holds the doors each way. He is courteous in class at all times, as well as helpful. And he scored a touchdown on Fri against Wellington!

Student: Nephtaline Volmar

Character Trait: Caring

Nominated By: Mr. Milenkovic, Nurse Karen

Nephtaline was responsible for leading our Criminal Justice Academy for the 9-11 Event, a very arduous and complex task. Nephtaline can be trusted to carry out the most difficult assignments, with minimal supervision. Additionally and more significantly, she also exhibited unearthly forgiveness and love for a student that took something of great value from her. Rather than to formally press charges, she met with the person and calmly/lovingly explained to her that because of her faith in Jesus/God, she was choosing to forgive her. Needless to say we were blown away by her love and selflessness.

2014-2015 Nominees

March Student Nominees

Student: Crill, Austin

Characteristic: Respect

Nominated by: Mr. Slotnick

Austin is a hard-working student who never backs down from a challenge. He approaches each lesson with an open mind and is very receptive towards feedback. His respect for classmates and staff is contagious.

February Student Nominees

Student: Joseph, Mike's

Characteristic: Respect, Responsibility

Nominated by: Mr. Sachse

Mike's is a very respectful young man. He is constantly concerned about his grades and makes the effort to make them better.  He dedicates time to enhancing his grades by coming after school to seek additional help and time to complete assigned work. 

Student(s): Cleckley, Davan & Clinton, Paul

Characteristic: All Six Traits

Nominated by: Ms. Ellis

Both of these seniors have made such a difference in two of our special diploma students. They go each morning to their JROTC class and not only assist them, they encourage them.  These two have helped these students with special needs feel welcome and successful. The high fives at the end of each class are priceless.  Davan and Paul do more than volunteer their time! They go above and beyond!

January Student Nominees

Student: Braxton, Savannah

Characteristic: All Six Traits

Nominated by: Ms. Ellis, Ms. Loulis

Savannah has been an active member of the JROTC Raider team. She is responsible for coordinating Sports Day and many Raider team events. She was also elected AVID club president by her teacher and peers. She has assisted in planning AVID Awareness Day and the Avid picnic.

Student: Cooper, Nicholas

Characteristic: Responsibility, Citizenship

Nominated by: Mrs. Mose

Nicholas Cooper exhibits responsibility in many areas of his life and work. He will always get what he needs done in a variety of activities such as an after school job at a local elementary school and work at Publix on the weekends. He maintains good grades while doing it. Citizenship with Criminal Justice - he stepped up to the plate during the holidays to play Santa Claus at a local day care center being very patient with each of the kids.

Student: Joseph, Mike's

Characteristic: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility

Nominated by: Ms. Schroderus-Rowe

Student: Jeannot, Jesula 

Characteristic: All Six Traits

Nominated by: Ms. Loulis, Ms. Weier

Loulis: She exemplifies leadership and enthusiasm in my class (and every teacher's class- they all love her). She genuinely cares about her peers and informs classmates of upcoming events & recruits them for AVID Club and our Mentoring Club because she genuinely cares about their success. She has also recruited new AVID students for me because she knows who would benefit from our help. She volunteers for all extracurricular activities we are involved in (speaking at ATL showcase, going to retirement home to deliver Thanksgiving cards). She even cooks for her friends and brings in lunch for them. She also composes & delivers speeches, as well as spoken work performances to the class- about the importance of education & making this world a better place.

Weier: Jesula Jeannot is my nomination for someone with excellent character! I would not even know how to pick which traits she demonstrates because she comprises ALL of them. Jesula is trustworthy, respectful of both teachers and students, caring, fair and a good example of citizenship. Not only does she always complete her assignments in class and contribute to class discussions, but she also has done work outside the classroom. She spoke at a parent/student night where she described AVID, and she is in the process of attempting to win a trip to Orlando where she would speak in front of teachers from the entire nation about what AVID has done for her. She is a focused student who does not get involved in the drama of high school unless it is to lend a caring ear or to help a classmate in need.

Student: Monecla, Jean

Characteristic: Caring

Nominated by: Ms. Loulis

Most noteworthy, however, is Mr. Monecla’s character. Jean is a humble young man, and does not boast about his success. Moreover, he has a kind, gentle demeanor which leads him to be well respected and admired by not only his peers, but his teachers as well. Jean’s commitment to all his undertakings has not gone unnoticed. Mr. Monecla received the well deserved Student of the Month honor for September 2012.

November Student Nominees

Student: Amissant, Wilder 

Characteristic: Responsibility, Respect, Trustworthiness,Caring

Nominated by: Mrs. Rowe

The following senior has shown trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, etc. in his classwork, behavior, homework, etc. He is always on time and does what he has been asked to do, or asks what needs to be done. I've known him for two years; he's been one of my ELL students who passed the FCAT and is on his way to graduate. 

Student: Olsen, Jacob  

Characteristic: Responsibility

Nominated by: Mr. Sachse

Jake is a very responsible young man and knowledgeable in the area of construction.  Jake has taken the responsibility of many different building assignments.  He easily grasps the intent and make it happen.  Jake works safely and efficiently to accomplish the tasks placed in-front of him.  Classmates look up to him for his knowledge and expertise.  Jake was also selected as one of the Eagles Nest students to represent the City of Delray Beach at the annual Florida Redevelopment Association banquet held in Miami, FL.

Student: Slaugher, Tabor 

Characteristic: Respect

Nominated by: Mr. Slotnick

Tabor exemplifies the character trait of respect. He consistently is the first student to come into class and begin the Do Now without being asked. He treats the students around him in a way that fosters acceptance and seems genuinely concerned with keeping students on task and supporting their education.

Student: Walker, Jabari 

Characteristic: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Respect, Citizenship

Nominated by: Mr. Sachse

Jabari has been given many opportunities to prove his trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, and citizenship as and Eagles Nest Student.  He has taken the responsibility along with his trustworthiness to accomplish many given tasks that requires supervision without having to be supervised.  Jabari takes full responsibility for his actions, too. Jabari was selected as one of the Eagles Nest students to represent the City of Delray Beach at the annual Florida Redevelopment Association banquet held in Miami, FL.

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