September 6th Grade Recipients

 Antonia Cotroneo, Grace Carpenter, Lorelei Popp

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Antonia Cotroneo, Grace Carpenter, Lorelei Popp

Antonia is a thoughtful young lady who always thinks of others before herself. She has an outstanding ability to see the good in others. Antonia is extremely helpful to her teachers and peers. She always puts forth her best effort and does a great job utilizing the strategies she has been taught. 

Lorelei has demonstrated the Viking Values on a consistent basis. She is determined, helpful, and kind. She is extremely organized, and has put forth excellent effort on all of her assignments. Lorelei is also active in Band and Student Council.

Team C is proud to recognized Grace Carpenter as September's Viking Pride recipient. Grace is punctual, prepared, and participates in class discussions. She is creative, kind, and caring. Grace is always smiling and has a positive attitude. She is a wonderful role model for all the kids on Team C.

September 7th Grade Recipients

 Gracie Jones, Alexandra Bawol, Kylie Okelberry, Ian Greer

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Gracie Jones, Alexandra Bawol, Kylie Okelberry, Ian Greer

Team D would like to nominate Gracie Jones for the September recipient for the Viking Pride award. Gracie exhibits all of the qualities that the Viking pride award entails. She is respectful and responsible. She comes to class prepared, is polite to her teachers and kind to her classmates. Following the Viking Values with such a positive demeanor is one of Gracie’s greatest qualities. Gracie is honest and her teachers hold Gracie with the highest admiration in terms of being open-minded and impartial. Because of her commitment to success and sincerity of her ways, we would like to honor Gracie with this award.

Alexandria has an excellent work ethic which sets a fine example for her classmates. Homework is done on time and well, and her smile lights up a classroom. I have been particularly impressed with her desire to help her younger sister fund-raise door to door for her alma mater, Huth Road School. Many kids this age prefer to spend time with friends, but it is obvious that family remains Alexandria's priority. Thus, she is an excellent citizen, not only of my class, but of Grand Island as a community.

Kylie is a student who always represents the Viking Values. She comes to class prepared and ready to work. She is respectful to her teachers, and always treats her fellow students kindly. Not only is it a pleasure to have Kylie as a student, her classmates find her helpful and friendly, as well.

Ian is polite, responsible, considerate, and hardworking. He is a role model to others on what it means to be an exceptional student. He always tries his best, and is determined to be a great student. Furthermore, Ian is always considerate of his classmates, and kind to everyone he meets. It is great to have Ian on our team.

September 8th Grade Recipients

 Aiden Hermenson, Michael Christensen, Chase Harding

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Aiden came to VCMS this year from Amherst and has been absolute joy to have in both the classroom and is a great addition to our school. He is always on time, respectful of his peers and adults, completes all assignments and works from bell to bell. He is an incredibly hardworking student who does not hesitate to advocate for himself. He has already found himself a home here at VCMS- joining the boys modified football team and taking on the extra laps and practices needed to make up practice time before hitting the field in a game. Aiden is respectful, responsible and safe - everything a viking should be!

Michael is always looking out for others. He is humble and extremely helpful. His positivity wears off on those around him. I am blessed to have him as my classroom manager, as he was chosen by his classmates for his leadership skills and experience. I know that Michael will go far in this world, as a responsible citizen and leader.

Chase comes into the room with a smile on his face eager to learn. Whether it be study hall or Chorus, Chase is on task, kind and helpful to others, participates and is a role model . Chase swims in the morning before sunrise and then comes to class prepared to learn, with no complaints and a positive attitude. Many mornings he exits the pool, comes to an early morning rehearsal and then straight to class yet maintains high grades and an impeccable character. Chase truly is an outstanding young man, and I am proud to nominate him for this honor.

October 6th Grade Recipients

 Jaxen Montana, Liam O'Kell, Christopher Swain

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Jaxen is a wonderful asset to any class he is in. He comes prepared and regularly participates in classroom discussions and activities. Jaxen enjoys a challenge and perseveres when needed. He serves as a wonderful role model to those around him, and is always willing to help another student out.

Liam is kind, conscientious, and hard-working. He is actively engaged in class discussions and provides insightful commentary. He takes pride in his work. He is friendly, polite and respectful to his peers and teachers alike.

Team C would like to recognize Chris Swain as our Viking Pride for the month of October. Chris is an exceptionally hard worker. His perseverance and dedication to his school work has resulted in great success. He follows the Viking Values daily and is a wonderful asset and role model. It is with great pleasure that we acknowledge Chris as the Viking Pride Award recipient!

October 7th Grade Recipients

 Jerry Zientara, Jillian Manns, Gabriella VeRost

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Jerry Zientara is a student who displays respect and honesty to his classmates and all members of VCMS. Jerry is kind and polite to his teachers and coaches. He is committed to success and his grades prove this! He is such a hard worker and a positive member of the class! Responsibility is also one of Jerry’s best qualities as he juggled grades and football with ease during the fall. Jerry also follows the Viking Values, holding them in high regards, which contributes to his positive demeanor. Great job, Jerry!

Team D would like to nominate Jillian Manns as recipient for the Viking Pride award. Jillian exhibits all of the qualities that the Viking pride award entails. She is respectful and responsible. She comes to class prepared, is polite to her teachers and kind to her classmates. Following the Viking Values with such a positive demeanor is one of Jillian’s greatest qualities. Jillian is honest and her teachers hold Jillian with the highest admiration in terms of being open-minded and impartial. Because of her commitment to success and sincerity of her ways, we would like to honor Jillian with this award.

Gabriella is an outstanding student. She is conscientious, hardworking, and excels academically. Most importantly, however, Gabi is kind to other students, respectful of her teachers, and considerate of everyone she encounters. Congratulations to Gabi for being Team E's October Student of the Month!

October 8th Grade Recipients

 Eden Johnson, Ella Rudney, Grace VanderMey

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Eden Johnson, Ella Rudney, Grace VanderMey

Eden is a hardworking and meticulous student who always strives to put forth her best effort. She goes above and beyond to make sure her work is of the highest quality, which makes her an excellent candidate to compete in Tech Wars. She is a role model for positive behavior and decision making through her humility and unassuming character. Eden is artistic, creative, respectful and conscientious, always. Her bright smile, pleasant demeanor, and helpful nature are assets in any classroom. By being kind to those around her, she works to better any group she is a part of, whether here at school, on the dance team, or as a part of her Youth Group!

Ella ENJOYS her education; LOVES to learn; LOVES to discuss ideas; and is ALWAYS prepared to participate. The energy that Ella exhibits regarding school and about learning is contagious and very welcome in classrooms. Ella is a young woman who is kind to her classmates and collaborates with them in a respectful manner. The work ethic that Ella possesses is exemplary, and she should be seen as a role model for her peers as she continues to meet and exceed expectations that are set for her. When Ella faces obstacles, she "digs in her heels" and faces the obstacles head on. She does not give up but, rather, she perseveres and continues in her pursuit of success. Her teachers are confident that Ella will continue to excel in her quest for academic excellence. Although Ella possesses this strength of character and academic potential, she also has a fun-loving and wonderful sense of humor. She is, quite simply, the "complete package!"

Grace VanderMey is a hardworking and thoughtful student. She participates in class, always putting forth her very best effort. She is both academically capable and artistically talented. Grace often works on her artwork outside of class and puts in the effort necessary to create beautiful, thoughtful work. She is a student who works beyond frustrations when things are difficult and problem solves appropriate answers. She is kind, thoughtful and helpful without being asked, and is a positive role-model for her peers. Grace is a good friend. She is also young lady who can be counted on to always make positive choices and good, appropriate decisions in all circumstances. It is a pleasure to recommend her for this honor.

 

November 6th Grade Recipients

 Alyssa Griggs, Natalie Kopf, Samantha Crist

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Team C is pleased to recognize Alyssa Griggs as our November recipient of the Viking Pride Award. Alyssa is hard working, diligent, and kind-hearted. She always goes above and beyond completing all work, including optional extra credits. Alyssa follows all directions and is a great role model for others. We are proud to have her on our team!

Natalie Kopf is an excellent role model at VCMS. She is responsible, hard-working, and determined to achieve success. Natalie is cooperative and collaborates with others in the classroom setting. Natalie is very detail-oriented, kind, and helpful. She actively participates in softball, hockey, band and chorus. She is a well-rounded student athlete.

Team A would like to recognize, Samantha Crist as their Viking Pride for the month of November. Sami is an extremely conscientious and hardworking young lady. She regularly seeks out help when she is unsure of something. She should be recognized for always putting in the extra effort where needed. Sami is respectful and honest to the teachers and her peers. Sami is a wonderful asset to any class.

November 7th Grade Recipients

 Blake Thauer, Kyleigh Ulrich, Sarah Ahmed

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Blake Thauer is an excellent choice for November's Viking Pride Award. Blake comes to class prepared, ready to learn, and enthusiastic about being in class. He is always polite, helpful, and considerate of other students and adults. Blake follows directions, always completes his homework assignments, and represents what a good student should be like. We are lucky to have Blake on our team.

Kyleigh is an excellent example of a student who always demonstrates the Viking Values on a daily basis. Academic success is a high priority to Kyleigh. She always has her work turned in on time, completed to the best of her abilities and seeks help when she is unclear on the content. Her contagious smile brightens the room and creates a positive classroom environment. Kyleigh has on more than one occasion been observed helping her peers when they are confused on an activity or topic. The middle school would benefit greatly if more students followed the examples demonstrated by Kyleigh.

Sarah is a hardworking and respectful student that is a pleasure to have in my class every other day. Sarah is constantly taking responsibility for her work in ASC on a daily basis, as she is constantly striving to ensure her homework is not only completely, but done thoroughly and correctly. She displays respect to all of her classmates, and is always offering to help other students with concepts they do not understand in ASC. She is always punctual and prepared with her work, and is ready to work hard in class every day.

 

November 8th Grade Recipients

 Colin Wilton, Patrick LePine, Harmanjeet Kaur

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Colin Wilton, Patrick LePine, Harmanjeet Kaur

I would like to nominate Colin Wilton. Colin is the epitome of Viking Pride. He exemplifies all the characteristics that teachers and administrators value in our students and in our community. Colin is dependable. Teachers never have to worry that Colin has forgotten to bring classroom materials, neglected to complete an assignment, or has disrupted a class in any way. In fact, Colin is very mature, completely responsible, and often comes to the aid of other students - quietly helping when he can. In this way, he is an asset to his teacher and his classmates. Colin works hard, yet he needs little extra aid from his teachers because he is always focused, listening, and ready to do his personal best. Due to Colin being such a fantastic young man and exemplifying what a middle school student should be, teachers are better able to do all the things they do on a daily basis within the classroom. If every student was the type of student that Colin Wilton is, everyday would be pleasant, successful, and highly productive.

Patrick is an extremely conscientious and hard working young man. He is the true example of being respectful, being responsible and being safe. He treats others as he would like to be treated. He treats and addresses adults with great respect and in return is respected by them for his behavior, his work ethic and his desire to keep improving!

This year Harman has elected to take on a very challenging earth science course. Over the past few months Harman has risen to the challenge and has shown many of the characteristics that make her perfect to be a recipient of the Viking Pride. While it is easy to be just a little late to first mod, Harman is always on time for class, with assignments completed and all needed materials on hand. She is diligent in her quest for a better understanding of earth science concepts and has shown tremendous growth in this subject since September. She asks questions and seeks additional help when needed. Harman will help other students, often explaining concepts that were once difficult for her. She is always cheerful and respectful in her interactions with both staff and other students. She never neglects to to say please and thank you, even during the busiest of times. She is always happy and has a broad smile that spreads a ray of sunshine where ever she goes. You cant help but be happier when she's in the room.

 

December 6th Grade Recipients

 Liberty Novak, Jacob Hazel, Madelyn Gallagher

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Liberty is a conscientious and diligent student. She has a passion and enthusiasm for learning that is infectious to those around her. She is considerate of others and always going out of her way to make people feel special. Liberty’s presences brightens up any classroom she is in.

Jacob Hazel is a hardworking, conscientious and motivated student. He is actively involved in InterAct Club, and recently helped coordinate food items for the Neighbor’s Foundation. Jacob always follows the Viking Values and is a great role model for his peers. Keep up the great work Jacob!

Team C is proud to announce Madelyn Gallagher as our December recipient of the Viking Pride Award. Madelyn is always prepared for class, does exceptional work, goes above and beyond, and always does extra credit! She is a pleasant young lady who is kind to all. Madelyn is a wonderful addition to our team!

December 7th Grade Recipients

 Sam Castner, Hannah Susman, Luke Winarski

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Sam is a student who always displays the Viking Values. Sam is kind and polite to his teachers and peers. He is committed to success and his grades prove this! Responsibility is one of Sam’s best qualities. While wrestling for the modified team and attending the UB Math Program, he was able maintain his grades at the top of his class. Great job, Sam!

Hannah exhibits all of the qualities that the Viking Pride award entails. She is respectful and responsible. She comes to class prepared, is polite to her teachers and kind to her classmates. Following the Viking Values with such a positive outlook is one of Hannah's greatest qualities. Hannah is honest and her teachers hold here with the highest admiration in terms of being open-minded and impartial. Hannah's work effort is above and beyond the expectation of her teachers. She always puts her best foot forward when completing her school work. Keep up the good work!

Luke always works hard and puts forth his best effort. He is responsible, completed his work on time, and is respectful of others. Luke is a great role model for his fellow classmates. It’s a pleasure to nominate Luke for student of the month.

December 8th Grade Recipients

 Mia Moran, Lindsey Olendorf, Mackenzie Ingalsbe

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Mia Moran is the type of student who exemplifies what it is to be a Viking. She is a hard worker, who always strives to do her best in class and improve herself. She is polite and helpful to her teachers and fellow students, and she brightens every room with her smile and personality. Mia is a pleasure to have in class and is truly deserving of the Viking Pride award.

Lindsey is an outstanding student because she constantly demonstrates the Viking Values of being respectful and responsible. She is always polite, helpful, and courteous to her teachers and peers. She always takes initiative to make sure she is doing the best she can in school academically.

Mackenzie had a bit of a rough start to the school year. She missed three weeks of school due to illness, very early in the first quarter. Despite her absence, she worked hard to get back on track. She spent several hours outside of class making up her work and getting help to catch up with her lessons. Now, Mackenzie is a solid student and often helps her classmates, who are struggling. She is very patient and kind with them and frequently explains a topic in a way that helps the other students reach a more clear picture. Her caring approach with her classmates and good work ethic has caught her teachers' attention. Mackenzie exemplifies the Viking Values and is a pleasure to work with.

January 6th Grade Recipients

 Oliver Schmidt, Lydia Amato, Zachary Bridenbaker

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Oliver is a teacher’s dream. He is polite, respectful, and helpful to both teachers and his peers. Oliver is conscientious in all that he does. He comes to class prepared and the quality of his work is outstanding. Oliver is trustworthy and responsible. He is a great leader and a pleasure to teach!

Lydia Amato is Team B’s choice for Student of the Month for January. She is very organized and respectful of her teachers and fellow students. Lydia always puts forth full effort on each and every task presented to her. She asks questions when she doesn’t understand, and doesn’t give up even with difficult tasks! Lydia is a well-rounded student. She participates in chorus and plays softball outside of school. Lydia is a true pleasure to teach.

Team C is excited to recognize Zachary Bridenbaker as our January recipient of the Viking Pride Award. Zach is enthusiastic about school and likes to participate in class. He always puts forth effort and tries his best. Zach is friendly and well-liked by his peers and teachers. It is a pleasure to have him on Team C!

January 7th Grade Recipients

 Elijah Linenfelser, Hailey Martinez, Timothy Bentley

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Team D would like to nominate Elijah Linenfelser as the January recipient for the Viking Pride award. On a daily basis, Elijah exhibits all of the qualities embodied within the Viking Pride award. He is an enthusiastic learner who seems to enjoy school. Elijah never enters the classroom without a smile. Elijah is committed to doing his best and takes responsibility for his learning. Elijah sets an example of excellence in behavior and cooperation. He is courteous to his peers and teachers and always displays good manners in the classroom. Despite his involvement in extracurricular activities, Elijah continues to maintain high grades in all of his classes. It is a pleasure to have Elijah on our team.

Viking Pride awards are given to students who embody good character. Hailey Martinez always demonstrates good citizenship. She is responsible in her work, considerate of others, polite to peers and adults, and a good friend to other students. She has earned the Viking Pride Award not only for these traits, but also because Hailey consistently follows the Viking Values.

Tim Bentley always puts forth his best effort. He is always respectful of adults, responsible in his school work, and treats his peers with kindness and consideration. He has earned Viking Pride through his consistently good work and the good character he demonstrates every day.

January 8th Grade Recipients

 Kayleigh Vanderzell, Taylor Evans, John Paul Szczublewski

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Hardworking, unassuming, and kind. These are the words that come to mind when I am asked to describe Kayleigh Vanderzell. She is an exemplary student and a generous and caring individual. She is a perfect example of one who knows what she needs to do to be successful and does it! Her quiet demeanor and strong work ethic serve her well. Kayleigh is a well-rounded individual with varied interests, yet she never loses sight of her educational pursuits and their importance. I look forward to seeing what Kayleigh will achieve in the future!

I knew that Taylor was a go-getter, even before the school year started; she showed initiative, eagerly signed up for Viking Football Game concessions and beginning her marketing campaign for JV DECA's sales event over the summer! She perseveres when other members of her team might not share equally in a task, which will serve her well in all of the required group projects that high school and college require. Taylor's charismatic nature lights up a room and brings people toward her! She is a fine role model for her fellow students both in DECA and in the classroom!

Kind, Creative, Thoughtful, Respectful, Cooperative, Encouraging, Self-motivated, Understanding, Engaged in learning, High level of ingenuity. These are the qualities of John Paul Szczublewski An outstanding representative of VCMS Viking Pride.

February 6th Grade Recipients

 Jackson Schmidt, Nicholas Castellino, Alyssa Pizur

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Jackson exemplifies what it means to be a Grand Island Viking. He is polite to both teachers and peers and sensitive to the needs of others. Jackson is responsible and always produces quality work. He does a great job taking ownership for his learning. When unsure of something, Jackson asks the teacher for clarification. Jackson serves as a role model for his peers both inside and outside of the classroom. We are so lucky to have him on our team this year!

Nick is a hardworking, kind, and determined. He is very focused and follows the Viking Values. Nick participates in Band. He is an excellent team player and problem solver. He works well with his peers in groups. We are proud to have Nick on Team B!

Team C is proud to announce Alyssa Pizur as our February recipient of the Viking Pride Award. She is an extremely meticulous, thorough student who always goes above and beyond our expectations. Alyssa is kind, polite, and respectful. These characteristics make her worthy of this award.

February 7th Grade Recipients

 Gio Granelli, Jenna Hecht, Joseph Martino

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Team D would like to nominate Gio as the February recipient of the Viking Pride award. Gio consistently exhibits all the characteristics associated with our Viking Values. Gio tackles classroom assignments, tasks, and group work in an organized manner and always gives his best effort when completing them. He is well-liked by classmates and treats school property and the belongings of others with care and respect. Gio sets an example of excellence in behavior and cooperation. Gio is committed to doing his best and always strives to reach his full potential.

Team D would like to nominate Jenna as the February recipient of the Viking Pride award. Jenna consistently exhibits all the characteristics associated with our Viking Values. She sets an example of excellence in behavior and cooperation. Jenna shows respect for teachers and peers and can be depended on to do what she is asked to do. Jenna is a conscientious, hard-working student who always gives her best effort when completing assignments. Jenna treats other students with fairness and understanding and is a valued member of Team D.

Joe is a hard worker. He always completes his assignments on time and to the best of his ability. He is respectful towards adults and his peers, and kind to everyone he meets. Joe is a great addition to our team!

February 8th Grade Recipients

 Julia Juntunen, Lily Koslowski, Matthew Rizzo

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Julia "JJ" Juntunen is a wonderful ambassador of Viking Pride! JJ can be counted on to always be courteous and respectful to the students, faculty and staff of VCMS. Her positive and enthusiastic attitude is a great asset in both whole class activities and small group work. JJ is a focused leader with a kind, genuine personality and also has a calming presence when working with her peers. JJ strives to give nothing less than her best in all that she accomplishes. Congratulations Julia!

Lily Koslowski is an ideal example of what it means to be a Viking. Not only is Lily committed to success in and out of the classroom, but she is also a role model for her peers. Lily is engaged in all classroom activities and participates every day, driving the class to a higher level. Her positive attitude and bright smile are contagious.

When I think of Matthew Rizzo, I smile. Matthew has an engaging personality and an unassuming demeanor. His work ethic is an exemplar for every 8th grade student. He is a class leader in a quiet, "lead by example" way. If anyone needs a helping hand, Matthew will extend it to him or her. He is a student that always puts forth his best effort in all that is asked of him. He lives up to his potential every single day, and I am confident that Matthew will be successful in all that he chooses to do.