On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Woodbridge Board of Education was pleased to recognize two more of this year’s recipients of the South Central Area Superintendents’ Association (SCASA) Student Recognition Award.
Each year, each local Superintendent is able to honor a small number of sixth-grade students who have gone above and beyond in three categories: First, community service and service to others; Second, academic prowess; and Third, leadership to the school community. This year, over three-dozen nominations of Beecher sixth-graders were received, and the selection committee faced a significant challenge. However, this year’s final award recipients rose to the top, and are being recognized at this spring’s Board of Education meetings.
On April 21, Lilly Montiel and Miles Thames were recognized for several significant accomplishments. Lilly Montiel resides in a beautiful home along with her little brother, mom, dad, and dog, and has achieved many things in the past few years. One accomplishment she is extremely proud of is participating in a fundraiser called “Cleats for Dreams,” which was responsible for cleaning hundreds of cleats that had been donated by the community. Those cleats were sent to people in Brazil who are less fortunate. Lilly is an athlete who enjoys playing soccer during her free time, and giving back to people in need felt great. At Beecher Road School, during recess and part of lunch, Lilly has enjoyed helping Mr. Taddei teach his classes and keep the gym organized. Mr. Taddei is a fantastic teacher, and by helping him, she felt like she was able to show how much we appreciate him. Overall, Lilly is honored that she has been chosen for this award and can’t wait to accomplish more.
Some of Miles Thames’ favorite things to do are exploring nature, visiting aquariums, natural science, museums, making arts and crafts, playing in the snow, collecting shells on the beach, indoor rock climbing, swimming, dancing, karaoke, and fighting crime while pretending to be a Ninja Turtle. One of Miles’ most noticeable attributes is his infectious smile, which comes in handy when he brightens everyone’s day by giving them a helping hand. Miles is a model leader in the Beecher Road School community, embodying the values of kindness and respect. His charisma, positivity, and smile are infectious, and his positive attitude and enthusiasm carry over into his academics. He appreciates every learning opportunity and success, and no accomplishment is too small for his “I did it” dance to appear. He frequently shares the spotlight with his peers, and congratulates them on good performances. His dedication to learning has allowed Miles to master his learning objectives and complete independent work with confidence. His dream is to someday become an actor.
Lilly and Miles attended the May 18 Board of Education meeting with their parents, Eddie and Nadia Montiel, and Felandus and Dr. Michelle Irving Thames, leading the Pledge of Allegiance and thanking the Beecher Road School for the great foundation it has given them.
Analisa Sherman, Beecher Road School Principal; Lynn Piascyk, Woodbridge Board of Education Chair; Lilly Montiel; Miles Thames; Joyce Shavers, Woodbridge Board of Education Member; Jonathan S. Budd, Ph.D., Superintendent of Woodbridge School District.