by Samantha Libraty
Twenty-five students were nominated in the Keys to Success program at this school in September, according to Bursar/Accounts Payable secretary Suzanne Spirito, this school’s Keys to Success liaison.
The students nominated are, seniors Jenny Casey, Michael Ethier, Kris Labovitch, Charlotte Moore, Evan Nitkin and G. Malek Smith; juniors Roya Azad, Lindsay Howe, Athena Lyons, Demetria Lyons, Mohammed Razzaque, Emma Tavolieri, Abby Thomas, Tessa Vasiliades and Dora Valasquez; sophomores Doug Abrams, Laughter Emmanuel, Dylan Kelly, Sammy Lipson, Maddie Ventouris, Rosa Walker and Christian Williams; and freshmen Sean Buonomo, Yonas Butler and Marisa Ng.
The Keys to Success program began last year and is an ongoing incentive program created by Honda Village Automotive Group. Teachers nominate students for unexpected good deeds or academic achievements. Nominated students choose prizes, including gift certificates.
At the end of the year, fifty finalists, who will be randomly chosen from all of the nominated students, will be given keys. The student whose key starts a used car wins the car. The winner of the used car can also choose instead to receive $5,000 in scholarship money.
Price nominated three students this month, including Abrams who returned a teacher’s cellphone to the main office, Razzaque who returned a woman’s wallet and Vasiliades who did principal Jennifer Price’s makeup for this school’s Hunger Games.
“The program is a great way to recognize students for doing something unexpected and great,” Price said. “It is an awesome opportunity for me and the faculty to recognize the amazing students at this school.”