SOMERS, N.Y. -- Three Somers students who attend programs at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES were honored Tuesday as Students of Distinction at the Somers Board of Education meeting.
They were Tyler Deodhari and Noah Krantz, both students at the Pines Bridge School, and Marc Maniscalco, a student in the Local School Building Program in Peekskill. Csilla Mate, principal of Pines Bridge School, praised Tyler and Noah for improving “by leaps and bounds” in their academic and social skills.
Jessica Zamlowski, Tyler’s teacher, said “Tyler is very social and enjoys greeting people. His language skills have greatly improved and he has truly grown as a student.” Tyler is known as “the mayor” in Pines Bridge because he knows everyone and takes the time to smile and greet everyone.
Connie Liotta, Noah’s teacher in the Transitions program at Pines Bridge, said Noah was “kind, supportive and generous, with a work ethic to beat the band.”
This year, Liotta said, “Noah was faced with a set of challenges that he has tackled with maturity and grace. He is ready to go forward in the world and make his mark!”
Danielle Camia, Marc’s teacher, said “Marc has a great sense of humor and always says to me ‘face your fears,’” adding that she had been forced to face her fear of public speaking in order to honor Marc at the board meeting.
She said Marc had joined a new class of students at Peekskill High School, where he had made gains both academically and socially. “Even though change can be difficult, Marc proved that this change wasn’t going to defeat him. Marc embraced the challenge, worked toward his goals and persevered beyond his challenge.”
Today, she said, Marc rises to the occasion and conquers any challenge he faces. All three students were accompanied by teachers and parents who shared in the celebration. Each student was awarded a certificate of recognition and given a medal in honor of the achievement.