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Pulaski High School Honors Recognition Dinner

The Pulaski Middle/Senior High School held a special Honors Recognition Dinner for students and their families to recognize outstanding academic achievement in the 2013-14 school year.

Freshmen honorees are pictured with Middle School Principal Michael Bateson, left, and High School Principal Jay Altobello, right and include, in front left to right: Madison Kennedy, Bailey Felio, and Tessa Powlin. Back row, left to right: Jennifer Lapp, McKenna Moonan, and Walter Novak.
Freshmen honorees are pictured with Middle School Principal Michael Bateson, left, and High School Principal Jay Altobello, right and include, in front left to right: Madison Kennedy, Bailey Felio, and Tessa Powlin. Back row, left to right: Jennifer Lapp, McKenna Moonan, and Walter Novak.

Students who maintained a 95 or better average for the entire academic school year were honored and presented with achievement pins that featured a shield symbolizing knowledge to signify the special honor.

The pins will be worn at their graduation along with honor cords and sashes.

Following dinner, recognition of the students began with Michael Bateson, middle school principal who announced the ninth grade students recipients.

The following students achieved the highest academic standing for the 2013-14 school year:

Alexis Bowen, Bailey Felio, Savannah Goodsell, Madison Kennedy, Jennifer Lapp, Cullen Martinez, McKenna Moonan, Walter Novak, Tessa Powlin, Taylia Rodriguez, Mason Spink and Laura Torres.

Sophomore honorees are pictured with Middle School Principal Michael Bateson, left, and High School Principal Jay Altobello, right, and include in front, left to right: Ruth van der Heide, Mikayla Petrie, Britney Castillo, and Jacklyn Booth. Middle row, left to right: Brittany VanDuzer, Kyra Nielsen, Natallka Mehallow, and Hannah Massuicca. Back row: Evan Jones, Thomas Gibbons and Connor Raham.
Sophomore honorees are pictured with Middle School Principal Michael Bateson, left, and High School Principal Jay Altobello, right, and include in front, left to right: Ruth van der Heide, Mikayla Petrie, Britney Castillo, and Jacklyn Booth. Middle row, left to right: Brittany VanDuzer, Kyra Nielsen, Natallka Mehallow, and Hannah Massuicca. Back row: Evan Jones, Thomas Gibbons and Connor Raham.

Bateson praised the students for their self-discipline and cautioned them to be careful of their thoughts which will become their words, which will become their habits, which will become their character and which will become their destiny.

Pulaski High School Principal Jay Altobello presented the tenth grade student pins to:

Jacklyn Booth, Britney Castillo, Thomas Gibbons, Evan Jones, Hannah Masuicca, Natallka Mehallow, Kyra Nielsen, Mikayla Petrie, Connor Raham, Ruth van der Heide, Brittany VanDuzer and Erin Washer.

Students in the junior class receiving honors included:

Junior honorees pictured in front, left to right include: Katherine Scranton, Hannah Greulich, and Genevieve McCormack. In back, left to right are: Matthew Foederer, Ed Sheats, and Andrew Lapp. The students are pictured with Middle School Principal Michael Bateson, left, and High School Principal Jay Altobello, right.
Junior honorees pictured in front, left to right include: Katherine Scranton, Hannah Greulich, and Genevieve McCormack. In back, left to right are: Matthew Foederer, Ed Sheats, and Andrew Lapp. The students are pictured with Middle School Principal Michael Bateson, left, and High School Principal Jay Altobello, right.

Angel Bush, Kelly Bushell, Matthew Foederer, Shelby Goodsell, Hannah Greulich, Morgan Jordal, Seth Lallier, Andrew Lapp, Lydia Marino, Genevieve McCormack, Austin Monson, Samantha Nutting, Katherine Scranton and Edward Sheats.

Senior honorees included:

Isabel Engelbrekt, Grace Farrell, Madison Forcione, Samantha Jones, Matthew McNitt and Randall Novak.

Pulaski Superintendent of Schools Brian Hartwell was the keynote speaker for the evening and called the achievement remarkable.

Hartwell had just that day returned from a conference in New York City where at a workshop they talked about relevance, rigor, achievement and excellence in education.

“It just dawned on me,” he said, “they were talking about you.”

The district-wide theme for the school year is “Mindset Matters” and Hartwell pointed out that it took a deliberate effort on the students’ part to successful.

“Thank you for your relentless pursuit of excellence,” he said. “Thank you for making it cool to care.”

Six seniors were recognized at the Honors Recognition Dinner for maintaining a 95 or better average for the entire academic year in 2013-14. The students are pictured with Middle School Principal Michael Bateson, left, and High School Principal Jay Altobello, right, and include, in front: Samantha Jones, Madison Forcione, and Randall Novak. In back: Matthew McNitt, Isabel Engelbrekt, and Grace Farrell.
Six seniors were recognized at the Honors Recognition Dinner for maintaining a 95 or better average for the entire academic year in 2013-14. The students are pictured with Middle School Principal Michael Bateson, left, and High School Principal Jay Altobello, right, and include, in front: Samantha Jones, Madison Forcione, and Randall Novak. In back: Matthew McNitt, Isabel Engelbrekt, and Grace Farrell.

Hartwell also pointed out that while it was a deliberate choice by the students to be successful, they didn’t get there alone, noting that “your first teacher, and your teachers for life – your mom and dad, your grandma and grandpa” through love and support helped make the achievement a reality.

He also noted that Pulaski Academy and Central Schools is a unique place, a place of caring and concern on the part of teachers that he noted was very special.

“What’s next?” he asked the students. “What’s your vision? Make a plan. Your plans will change, but it’s always better to have a plan.”

Hartwell ended with a story about a carpenter who had an outstanding reputation for excellence but was ready to retire.

His contractor came to him and asked him to build one more house, but the carpenter’s heart was not in it.

He cut corners and did shoddy workmanship.

Upon completion, the contractor presented the carpenter with the keys to the house saying, ‘here you go, it is my gift to you.’

“Build your house with excellence,” Hartwell said in closing.

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  1. Hi, my name is Jaelynne Griffieth, I go by Jae, and I know this may be a long shot, but this is my last resource of possibly contacting certain people. I used to attend Pulaski Elementary School, (2005-2007), and I have been trying to locate some of the people I was friends with back then, to see if I can reconnect with them. This is the only place I seem to find any of them because I cannot locate them on Facebook. Their names are Grace Farrell, Randall Novak, Samantha Jones, Bridgette Emmons, and Brandi Roberts.
    I know they may not remember me, I hope they do though. I would really like to get in contact with them again… If you can help me out I would be greatly appreciative.
    Brandi and Bridgette may be the first to remember me. If you or they email me I can send a picture, hoping it may help them. My email is [email protected] .

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