Get to Know Adelphi’s April 2020 Students of the Month!
BAY RIDGE – Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn’s prestigious “Student of the Month” program continued with the announcement of the April honorees at the Academy’s Annual Student Awards Banquet, held virtually for students and families on June 24th, 2020. Talia (Lower School), Christopher (Middle School), Alexa (Upper School) and Sarah (Student-Artist) were each recognized in front of the entire Adelphi community online and will receive official certificates signed by Head of School Ms. Iphigenia Romanos. They recently sat down with the Panther Press Room for an exclusive digital interview, during which they shared some details about themselves and their experiences at Adelphi.
Lower School Student of the Month Talia was very glad to hear that she had been chosen to receive this honor. “My family was so happy!” she smiled. Talia said the qualities she showed that helped her gain this recognition were hard work, love for Adelphi and focusing on assignments. Though only in Pre-K excels in math, her favorite subject. “I love using objects to count,” she said. During distance learning, she particularly enjoyed an assignment that involved creating a trap to catch the Gingerbread Man after reading that story as a class online. For her career aspirations, Talia said she would like to become a doctor “to help people with their pain.” She advises her fellow Adelphians to “be good listeners to the teachers and your parents.”
Lower School faculty member Ms. Churchill said, “Talia is a wonderful friend to her classmates. She is always eager and ready to learn. As we transitioned into our distance learning program, she continued to show excellent progress both academically and socially. I am so proud of Talia’s hard work!”
Middle School Student of the Month Christopher already knows what he wants to be when he grows up. “I want to be an architect because I think it’s fun to build things,” he said. Christopher was proud to learn that he had been named Student of the Month because “it means you’re a good student.” He acknowledged the importance of getting good grades and showing good behavior, which he believes helped him earn this prestigious honor. His favorite part of being at Adelphi is the small class size because it helps him get to know everyone on a close basis. Christopher’s favorite academic subject is history. “I like learning about the past,” he said.
Homeroom teacher Ms. Wong said, “I am very proud of Christopher’s work ethic. He works hard and participates in sessions. Christopher has a passion for history and would often clarify and give more information during History class. Christopher did a great job with adjusting to the distance learning program!”
Upper School Student of the Month Alexa is also interested in pursuing a career in architecture. “It seems like a good choice,” she said. “I like art and designing. I want to help clients make their visions a reality.” Alexa is a talented artist who recently created a piece titled “Crayon Rain” that depicted a girl catching raindrops made of melted crayons with her tongue. “That was really fun,” she said, adding, “I’ve actually been drawing more portraits now.” At Adelphi, Alexa also discovered her love for the performing arts when she auditioned for a role in The Adelphain Masquers’ 5 Year Anniversary Show! and landed several key roles, including that of Tiffany Houston from Back to the 80’s. “I think the fact that I participated helped me become more confident,” she said. “It was really fun.” Being a Student of the Month means a great deal to Alexa, and she has some advice for students who wish to one day be recognized in a similar fashion. “Be open-minded to everything,” she advised. “If it’s something you’re not sure of just do it because you will end up having fun. Also, if you see someone struggling with something help them.”
Homeroom teacher Ms. Alvarracin said, “Alexa is a very sweet girl who is always there for her peers and works very hard. One of the greatest qualities that she has is that she never gives up. During our distance learning program, she adjusted very well and continued to work diligently to stay on top of all her assignments. I am very proud of her for receiving this ‘Student of the Month’ award.”
Student-Artist of the Month Sarah has an idea why she was chosen to receive this prestigious honor. “To be ‘Student-Artist of the Month’ a student has to be well-behaved and talented in art,” she reasoned. “I think it means that I displayed great effort and talent.” Sarah enjoys drawing and using many different colors. During distance learning, she has kept busy with a variety of artistic projects. “My favorite art assignment was the crayon sculpture,” she said. “I drew a character on cardboard and taped on a 2-D hat made out of different crayons.” Sarah enjoys attending Adelphi because she is able to be at school every day with her siblings. Though she excels in art, her favorite subject is English. During the past few months, Sarah particularly enjoyed learning how to use Google Slides to create English and History presentations. “I researched information and put it into a short and visually-attractive presentation,” she smiled. With regard to her artwork, as well as her general approach to learning, Sarah said, “I believe that practice makes perfect and there’s always room for improvement.”
Art Instructor Ms. Fregara echoed that sentiment. “Sarah is an artist who never gives up on her work,” she said. “If she makes a mistake, that mistake always ends up being the part of her artwork that shines through. Sarah has a positive attitude that spreads throughout the classroom and she continues to thrive in our Honors Art program. During distance learning, she created an unbelievable Louise Nevelson-inspired project. Congratulations, Sarah, on a job well done!”
Congratulations once again to Adelphi’s outstanding “Students of the Month” for April: Talia, Christopher, Alexa and Sarah!
As the oldest private, independent, continuing, coeducational, college-preparatory day school in the borough and one of the oldest in the nation, Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn, “the little school of big dreams” has been “effectively preparing young people for college, career, and life, one day at a time” for over 150 years. Founded in 1863 and located in the historic Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, Adelphi enrolls students from two years of age through twelfth grade. A strong emphasis is placed on small class size, individualized attention, self-expression, critical thinking and challenging hands-on learning through Adelphi’s founding philosophy and dedication to the education of the “total child.” Adelphi students excel within a small, intimate, safe, caring, nurturing, and secure environment through Adelphi’s core values and founding principles of pride, tradition, spirit, and excellence. The student-teacher ratio is 8 to 1 and Adelphi is a New York State Regents Exempt Program with a 100% college application, acceptance and attendance rate. A founding member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Adelphi receives its charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and has been a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools since 1928. Ms. Iphigenia Romanos serves as Head of School.
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