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State Representative Gianna C.

“It is my hope that my generation will eradicate bullying, and embrace the belief that each of us is a little bit different for a reason.”

-Gianna

Why Gianna was Nominated:

Gianna is a freshman at Lancaster High and reigning Miss New York winner with a platform called Banding Against Bullying. Gianna created and implemented a program at Lancaster Middle School last year in conjunction with the student council. The idea was that during the month of October, which is bullying awareness month, purple bracelets saying “Being Bully Free Begins With Me” were dispersed to help bullying prevention. This year she will continue by mentoring students at LMS to carry on the project. Not only does it encourage students to wear them in a showing of solidarity and acceptance, but it also lets someone being bullied know that they can go to another student with a bracelet on for support. Gianna has also already reached out to me, the liaison for our Bullyproof Partnership Initiative here at the High School, to seek out opportunities to participate in our efforts to bring awareness about bullying and spread a message of kindness throughout our district.

 

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State Representative Connor N.

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“Everyone should have the right to feel as if they have a rightful place in their school community.”

-Connor

Why Connor was Nominated:

Connor Napolitano is an officer in our Student Council. My co-advisor and I feel Connor would be an ideal candidate to serve as a Be Strong Representative and founder of We Dine Together at Ardsley High.

 

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State Representative Maximus M.

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“We all have our struggles and we need to be more accepting and help each other out.”

-Maximus

Why Maximus was Nominated:

Max is a student athlete with great integrity and understanding of his peers in our school and community. There have been kids being bullied as well as an issue with suicide in our community. I am looking to Max as a leader on our football and wrestling teams to be proactive.

 

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State Representative Hunter S.

“I promise to always try my best and to be a good example to the people around me.”

-Hunter

Why Hunter was Nominated:

Hunter has always had a good heart and looked out for those less fortunate or those just not fitting in. This year he started his own club which is similar to We Dine Together after watching a video about the club. At 10 years old he created a presentation and went to his teachers and school administration and was approved to start it in his grade, 4th grade. Out of 160 students in 4th grade, he got about 100 to join. He gave up his lunch and recess to teach people about inclusion and spread the word. Unfortunately, this year is close to ending so he will pick up again next year and hopefully be able to grow this into something official and bigger throughout our entire district. Formalizing this club is his ultimate goal. He is very passionate about reaching out to all students and making everyone feel included.

 

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State Representative Conare L.

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” I choose to Be Strong by shedding light on how others can positively relate to kids with learning differences and diverse abilities.”

-Conare

Why Conare was Nominated:

Conare is young man who always thinks about others and never backs down from a challenge.

 

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State Representative Ada Z.

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“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by helping others understand one another.”

-Ada

Why Ada was Nominated:

Ada is an English Language Learner who I have the honor to teach. She is new to the country and yet she strives to learn the English language with a passion and drive. In her academic journey, she helps many students who are coming from China to better acclimate to this country. She is an honor roll student with a 99 average, which shows her devotion towards all academic subjects. She walks around with a translation book, and eagerly works to understand all that is being taught. I have learned a great deal as an educator simply by observing her work ethic and her love of giving back to others by assisting them daily – a true hero!

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State Representative Sanya G.

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“I choose to Be Strong by showing how people should always be able to express themselves and also by showing how much empathy and compassion I hold for those around me.”

-Sanya

Why Sanya was Nominated:

Sanya is an eighth grader at Bronx Writing Academy Middle School. Sanya is an exemplary student; Sanya is a member of the Debate Team and Student Council. She always tries her best. She is an advocate for her peers. She has the ability to maintain her composure through challenging situations. She acknowledges her errors with dignity and grace. She listens attentively, is compassionate, kind and extremely empathetic. Sanya is an advocate for justice and fair treatment amongst her classmates. She has willingly stood up for her peers when her friends have bullied other peers. We, at Bronx Writing Academy, feel she would represent our school well, and we believe she will benefit from everything Be Strong would have to offer her so that she may continue on her path to advocacy and justice.

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State Representative Kylie P.

“I decided to step in and become friends with him which got him out of the way of a very bad situation.”

-Kylie

Why Kylie was Nominated:

Kylie is new to the district this year. Prior to Palmyra-Macedon, she lived inIllinois. Her parents are members of the military with her dad retiring this past yearand her mom retiring in the near future. Kylie was born in Japan and has lived all around the world. She is a pleasant addition to the Palmyra-Macedon family. She is always willing to work with students and looks for lead roles in a quiet leader way. As a new student, she has accepted everyone as they are. Just recently, she brought in a shoe boxofschool supplies for other students who may need them. She was notaskedtodothis but noticed some of her peers don’t have their own calculator, pencils, pens, etc… Kylie is like a breath of fresh air inthe middle school.

 

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State Representative Kyle R.

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“The goal: to help eradicate bullying & loneliness across the globe. I myself have known what it’s like to be exceedingly bullied, so this is a personal mission for me… I hope you can join me.”

-Kyle

Why Kyle was Nominated:

Kyle is mature beyond his years and has proven to me over the past three school years to be dedicated, hard working, and extremely loyal. In addition, he is very outgoing and has the ability to converse with anyone, including other students and adults. There is no doubt that he has the ability to lead and be the back bone of Be Strong & We Dine Together at Briarcliff High School.

 

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State Representative Yaretzi H.

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“I choose to Be Strong by being kind, being myself and using my voice.”

– Yaretzi

Why Yaretzi was Nominated:

I believe that Yaretzi would be an amazing candidate because she is a born leader, so sweet and she always puts forth her best efforts. As a fifth grader she is involved in so many positive programs to help others. Some of these programs are during her recess which she gives up often. She is part of Safety Patrol which keeps the school safe during arrival and dismissal.She offered to going to Physical Education with a child because the child is too anxious to go alone and this takes place during her recess. She is a part of the Empathy Club which helps with community events and peer mediation. She is a member of the Girl’s Inc. program and contributes to all discussions and encourages others. She is also part of the Recycling program in the school. She empties all of the recycled bottles and papers once a week during her recess. As you can see, Yaretzi is a complete joy and deserves this honor because others need her. I am blessed to be her teacher! Mrs. Rivera

 

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State Representative Hunter P.

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“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by sitting and having a conversation with the people who have no one to with with at lunch. I want everyone’s voice to be heard- no matter who they are or what they stand for. “

– Hunter

Why Hunter was Nominated:

Hunter would serve as an excellent rep for this program. As a student who suffered from bullying in the early grades, instead of getting mad, Hunter decided to go MAD and Make A Difference in his school and community. Instead of reacting to being bullied ( and possibly making it worse), he has responded to being bullied by volunteering is social justice groups in order to bring about change. As a concerned student, Hunter has petitioned local and state politicians on their position to denounce on going bullying in all arenas; even when it’s done between adults and leaders. Hunter is truly an exceptional student and young man who will one day make an indelible mark in society.

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State Representative Cara F.

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“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by offering to help others and encouraging people when they are uncertain. I also do volunteer work in my community, such as helping out at a food drive, picking up trash and donating old clothes.”

– Cara

Why Cara was Nominated:

I have known Cara since she came to NR as a Freshman. She is a 3 Varsity Sport athlete: Cross Country, Track and she’s on the Ski team. She’s been running since 7th grade and has been on the Ski team for 3 years. She is also a Girl Scout and currently working on her Gold Award. For her Gold Award she will be building a Bocce Ball Court for the Leo Laders American Legion Post. She is a Squad leader in our school’s NJROTC and Cara does all of the above while maintaining good grades in Honors courses. She is very active in the WDT Club and has taken on more responsibility this year as our club secretary. When she is given a task, she gets it done. She is highly reliable and trustworthy. She is quiet and observant, but not afraid to meet new people or interact with adults at school. She is a very mature young lady.

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State Representative Malcolm A.

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“The way I choose to Be Strong is by helping others when they need help and being that support system that they need.”

– Malcolm

Why Malcolm was Nominated:

Malcolm has struggled in the past as a scholar with an IEP, who is also African American and gay. He came out to his family and was shunned. Similarly, he has dealt with bullying in the past and now has found an easier way to deflect bullying. He is in a more positive emotional space and our school community is welcoming to him and has aided in his development. He recently performed in the play Romeo and Juliet at our school and feels a sense of pride as a future actor.

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State Representative Kayla W.

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“I choose to Be Strong in my school and community by helping others in any part of their daily lives, whether it be in the classroom, after school in the workout room or even just any personal aspects of their lives they need help with.”

– Kayla

Why Kayla was Nominated:

With some hesitation and reservations, Kayla W. joined the Unified Basketball Team in 9th grade. The Unified Basketball Program is a branch of The Special Olympics that promotes inclusion and building meaningful relationships. In the basketball games, there are 3 special needs students and 2 general education students on the floor playing together. She enjoyed working with the special needs students so much that she decided to volunteer helping the special needs students in their classroom the next year. Unbeknownst to her, by volunteering, Kayla was fulfilling one of the major goals of the Unified Basketball Program. To create meaningful relationships and connections with the special needs students, and not just on the court. Her snowball (formal dance like the Prom) proposal to one of the special needs students, which ultimately led to her taking him to the dance, truly exemplifies the goal of creating meaningful relationships and connections.

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State Representative Santiago A.

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“I choose to Be Strong in my school and my community by stopping the bullying. That’s why today I invite you to say STOP. No more rejection or teasing because we all have the same capabilities.”

– Santiago

Why Santiago was Nominated:

Santiago came to this country with very little English. He grew in one short year to learn EVERYTHING that he possibly could. He worked hard, asked questions, and continues to do so. His English skills have bloomed into abundance, and he is an amazing young man who helps others who are transitioning into this school. Although our school is small and may seem easy to transition into, it takes a special person to make others feel welcomed right away. Santiago has been through many changes himself and has worked through them in a positive way. He includes others to make them feel welcome by talking to them on the bus, sitting with them at lunch, or simply saying a kind word in the hallway. Since he is one of the older students in the building, he is a wonderful role model for the younger students as well. It’s wonderful to see him interact with others on a daily basis. It truly warms my heart!

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