The penultimate award given during the Academic Awards Evening 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
These awards were presented by our PTO co-presidents (Mrs. Perroncino and Mrs. Siskind) and treasurer (Mrs. Cumming). Here is what was said about this year’s recipients:
This first recipient of the PTO Recognition Award is a diligent student who is not afraid to step out of her comfort zone and take risks. She is an incredibly compassionate individual who loves to connect and help others. A quiet but effective leader, she simply gets things done. Her leadership and initiative with our French Club and Connections Club have been welcomed in our community. Her advocacy has improved the experience of so many students.
Her initiatives with American Sign Language have been most remarkable, however. Not only did she learn the language on her own time, but she has taught others in the community the joys of ASL. Through her passion and perseverance, she was instrumental in bringing an evening ASL course to our community this year.
With her growing intellectual abilities and drive to create positive change, she is a student who has unlimited potential. On behalf of the Wheatley PTO, it gives me great joy to present the PTO Recognition Award to Charlotte Goldbaum.
This year’s second recipient of the PTO Recognition Award is the epitome of a well-rounded, engaged, talented student who looks to make a difference in his community. Although he has taken the most challenging academic classes we offer at Wheatley, he is a gifted musician who has always prioritized orchestra in his schedule. That said, this young man’s heart and soul are aligned with the study of history, international affairs and politics.
Serving as Co-President of The World Affairs club for the last three years speaks to his capacity to mediate debates and articulate conflicting political beliefs. He has also been an active member of Model UN and our student government. Passionate and eloquent, he has submitted opinion pieces on the current state of education to various media outlets. He is also gentleman. As one of his teachers remarked, “Every day he holds the door after class until the last student has left and always thanks me for the lesson as he leaves.”
On behalf of the Wheatley PTO, please join me in recognizing John Scudero.