The penultimate award given during the Academic Awards Night is the PTO Student Recognition award.
The purpose of this award is to recognize two deserving seniors who exhibit the qualities we value and encourage in our young people:
- Kindness, respect, and tolerance for self, others and the environment
- Good judgment and decision making
- High ethical standards and character
- Courage to overcome obstacles
- Good citizenship
- Dependability and helpfulness
Here is what was said about this year’s recipients:
The first recipient of the PTO Recognition Award is a young man who possesses high ethical standards, good judgment, and impeccable character — not to mention terrific grades in a demanding academic program. A believer in actions over words, he simply loves to work with people and help in any way possible. He supports and encourages students in our Life Skills Program, he has volunteered on a medical mission in Ecuador, and he has proven to be a friend to many in need.
A competitor at heart, he is hard working and determined, having earned the Wildcat Award and Spirit Award three times! Without a doubt, he is one of the kindest and most respected individuals at Wheatley. Even after foot surgery and missing weeks of school, he was able to wheel down the hallway with a smile and a positive attitude.
On behalf of the Wheatley PTO, it gives me great joy to present the PTO Recognition Award to Michael Koszalka.
This year’s second recipient of the PTO Recognition Award is an outgoing, compassionate, and remarkable student. Kind-hearted, she always puts others’ needs before her own. This self-motivated student found herself faced with a dilemma when she was forced to have a free period in her schedule. While most students would welcome the free, this young lady vowed to find something to fill the spot. After discussing options, she decided to volunteer in our Life Skills program. This experience became more than something to fill her schedule—it turned into a life changing experience that solidified her dreams to pursue a career in education.
Serving as a Life Skills assistant, she has worked one on one with the students in the program and has fostered relationships with them, while teaching them gardening, computer skills, mathematics, reading, and simply just being a friend. Active in so many areas of our school community, this young woman has dedicated countless hours to ICU, our Dance Team, our Multicultural Celebrations and so many other areas — always with a smile on her face!
On behalf of the Wheatley PTO, it is with great pleasure that we present the PTO Recognition Award to Lavanya Reddy!
Congratulations to the students, and thank you to the Wheatley PTO for supporting this recognition!