2001-06-21 / Top Stories

P.S. 244 Has 4th Consecutive "Student Of The Month"

P.S. 244 Has 4th Consecutive "Student Of The Month"

P.S. 244 Has 4th Consecutive "Student Of The Month"

Five-year-old Jacqueline Herrara is the Canarsie Courier's choice for June elementary school Student of the Month. She is flanked by her kindergarten class K-239 teacher Helen Mazariegos (left) and P.S. 244 principal Grace Alesia.Five-year-old Jacqueline Herrara is the Canarsie Courier's choice for June elementary school Student of the Month. She is flanked by her kindergarten class K-239 teacher Helen Mazariegos (left) and P.S. 244 principal Grace Alesia.

By Neil S. Friedman

For the first time since the Canarsie Courier began "Student of the Month" honors three years ago, a pupil from the same elementary school was chosen for the fourth consecutive month. Five-year-old Jacqueline Herrera, a kindergartener at Public School 244, was selected as one of two Canarsie Courier "Students of the Month" for June.

Not to be out done was Isaac Bildersee Intermediate School 68, which earned the distinction of winning for the second straight month and for at least the sixth time during the current school year.

This month’s Bildersee winner, who was entered in the competition by Math teacher Andrea Naham and CORE teacher Jeffrey Cootner, is sixth grader Amena Bhutta.


I.S. 68 June Student of the Month Amena Bhutta is flanked by teacher Walter Zatorski, CORE teacher Jeffrey Cootner, Principal Anthony Paladino and Math teacher Andrea Nathan. Photos by Neil S. FriedmanI.S. 68 June Student of the Month Amena Bhutta is flanked by teacher Walter Zatorski, CORE teacher Jeffrey Cootner, Principal Anthony Paladino and Math teacher Andrea Nathan. Photos by Neil S. Friedman

The 12-year-old was cited in the recommendation as "the shining star of her class...who exhibits fine character; sensitivity toward her fellow students and sets a fine example for her peers to strive for."

Amena is a member of both the Arista and Archon honor soceities as well as compiling a 97 academic average, which is the highest at Bildersee this school year.

A daughter of Mexican immigrants, Jacqueline came to P.S. 244 as a shy, quiet and scared little girl, who spoke only Spanish. According to K-239 teacher Helen Maazariegos, who initially spoke to the little girl in her native tongue, she has progressed very well in the last ten months.

"She now participates in our lessons and activities and shares her ideas, asks questions and interacts with her classmates — in English," notes Mazariegos.

The teacher added, "She is a responsible, well-mannered and sweet child who has adapted extremely well...and now feels right at home."

Each Courier student of the month receives a $100 U.S. Savings Bond, a certificate and a T-shirt proclaiming their honor.

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