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Monticello High School students and staff among honorees at Board Awards

Jan. 22, 2016

The Monticello Central School District Board of Education awarded individuals from the district for demonstrating a greater than average commitment to students, education and the district’s community during its January 22 meeting. Members of Monticello High School's community and staff were among the honorees.

These awards are reserved for extraordinary performances that exemplify excellence in education and goes above and beyond the typical responsibility of the individual.

The following MHS students and staff members were awarded this distinction. For a full list of awardees, click here.


Ms. Sheryl Manz
Nominated by Stephen Wilder, Sheryl Maz accepts her Board Award
High School Principal

Sheryl Manz is an incredible asset to our school community. Sheryl demonstrates her commitment and enthusiasm for serving students on a daily basis. Her love for and efforts on behalf of our students extends beyond the normal expectations of a guidance counselor. If there is a need, she is there to fill it or find a way to do so. This also extends to her colleagues as well. She is a team player who will take on new challenges and learn new skills to benefit the guidance team and the entire community.

Sheryl’s specific efforts this year include taking on responsibility of the Department Instructional Leader during a period of absence. She has also been instrumental in the creation, development, distribution, and use of our Graduation Grid to more strategically support our students in their pursuit of a high school diploma. We believe that her efforts will have positive implications for supporting students, parents, teachers, and support staff in having the information necessary to have meaningful conversations and make informed decisions. Sheryl can also be regularly found cheering for our students, and special causes, that promote greater educational and life opportunities for our students. I have heard students describe her as sunshine and I agree that her warmth and light help to make Monticello High School shine.


Mary Ellen Hurley accepts her Board AwardMs. Mary Ellen Hurley
Nominated by Stephen Wilder,
High School Principal

Mary Ellen Hurley is a beacon of optimism and encouragement for our students. Mary Ellen works endlessly to engage our students in meaningful and relevant learning opportunities that extend beyond the walls of her classroom. She has her students Tweeting constantly in relation to their learning requirements and cheerleading their effort, contribution, successes, and personal milestones. Her genuine care and support of students has built bridges that help students know that they are special, worthwhile, and capable of being great. In addition, Mary Ellen supports our students after HS graduation to ensure their success in college. She provides guidance, encouragement, recognition, and assistance with the multitude of requirements students are confronted with as new adults. Mary Ellen consistently produces ideas that would lead to greater student engagement and school pride. We are fortunate to have Mary Ellen as part of our school community.

Cheer coach accepts award on behalf of students


Lauren Rodriguez and Leslie Fernandez
Nominated by Dana Taylor,
Supervisor of Special Programs-Innovation Instigator

Lauren and Leslie showed greater than the average commitment to MCSD on the Panther Pride Ride into the community on 9/4/2015. Instead of spending the last day of summer vacation in the sun, they joined us in their uniforms as we welcomed our students to the 2015-2016 school year. The cheerleaders were an amazing addition on our tour throughout the district.





Eagle scouts pose after receiving their awardWilliam Waterton, Alexander Bisland, Kyle Foss, Thomas Nola, James Steinberg III and Jacob Lilley 
Nominated by Deb Levine

The six gentlemen I named have earned the honor of becoming Eagle Scouts. They worked hard for many years within the community to reach their goal and deserve recognition for their accomplishments. Becoming an Eagle Scout demands time, patience, hard work, commitment and dedication which is shown in their becoming Eagle Scouts!






NYSSBA Recognition

Ms. Shelley Rossitto Certificate of Recognition for the “1:1 iPad Initiative”
For NYSSBA’s Be the Change for Kids Innovation Award

Shelly Rossito accepts her award

Ms. Jeanine Nielson Certificate of Recognition for “STEAM”
For NYSSBA’s Be the Change for Kids Innovation Award Jeanine Nielson accepts her award


Scholar Athlete Awards Presented by James Ryan

The following group of students have been honored by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as “Scholar Athletes”. To achieve this honor, they must, as a team, maintain a grade point average of 90% or greater, they will receive a certificate and a pin. The Monticello teams that have achieved this distinction are:
Girls varsity soccer team accepts Board Award
Girls Varsity Soccer – 95.36%
Coach: Lou Velasco
Asst. Coach: Christine Baruffaldi
Morgan Mitchell
Lillie Carnell
Taylor Fein
Jenna Cammerino
McKaela Bunce
Megan Wells
Mackenzie Mitchell
Alexandra Stant
Kelly Swensen
Elliana Harrold
Emily Wells
Kelly Smith
Amanda Karmolinski
Ashley Feldman
Catie Lucas
Samantha Gray

Coach Jesus Rodriuegez accepts the award on behalf of the girls varsity volleyball team

Varsity Volleyball – 93.51%
Coach: Jesus Rodriguez
Taylor Spargo
Cristal Staten
Aryana McKoy
Allison LaRuffa
Stacey Reuss
Mackenzie Turick
Na-eelah Shackelford
Jahdeja Richards









Cross Country team accepts award

Girls Varsity Cross Country – 92.88%

Coaches: Tim Billias and Holley Boncek
Sydney Johnson
Jillian McEneaney
Camryn Johnson
Sarah Grodin
Taylor King
Anisa Sanders









girls varsity tennis team accepts its award
Girls Varsity Tennis – 92.51%

 Coach: Urvashi Gupta
Allison Linen
Lina Rios
Anastasia Gessman
Somaya Bracy
Michele Rodriguez
Samantha Sherb
Carley VanEtten
Jordan Drapkin
Rachel Leventoff