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HOPP Award Winners: 2015 – 2016

Below are the HOPP (Heart of Pelham PACT) Award Recipients for the 2015 –  2016 school year (in reverse chronological order). The HOPP recognizes young people who demonstrate outstanding personal qualities, are making healthy choices, and are serving as a positive influence on their peers through their actions and words.

HOPP Award Winners for May 2016

Kelly Knapp (left) and Teddy Corey (right) Photo credit: Deborah Karson

Kelly Knapp (left) and Teddy Carey (right)
Photo credit: Deborah Karson

Pelham Memorial High School senior Kelly Knapp and junior Teddy Carey were honored with the May Heart of Pelham PACT (HOPP) Award. The May HOPP Award is sponsored by the Pelham Civic Association.

Kelly Knapp is being recognized for her kindness and compassion, good citizenship, support of younger children, and for being a positive role model. As a lifeguard, she is trustworthy and a great role model, always working to teach younger children how to swim. Additionally, a year-round soccer player, she demonstrates leadership skills and a positive attitude on and off the field. Whether she’s kicking the ball around or teaching kids to swim, Kelly gives it her all and shows true compassion helping those around her.

Teddy Carey is honored for his positive attitude, selflessness, engagement in the community, and for helping those in need. In addition to being a great role model on the sports fields—participating in soccer, indoor track, and baseball—Teddy also contributes to PMHS as a writer for The Pel-Mel, as a student rep for the Pelham Education Foundation, and a member of the Math Team. In addition, he often helps others in the community as a tutor and babysitter.

HOPP Award Winners for April 2016

HOPP April Winners

Alicia Migliarini (left) and Katherine Marrero (right)
Photo credit: Deborah Karson

Alicia Migliarini and Katherine Marrero, both Pelham Memorial High School seniors, were honored with the April Heart of Pelham PACT (HOPP) Award. The HOPP Award acknowledges those sometimes quiet achievements and contributions of students that may not ordinarily be recognized. The April HOPP Award is sponsored by Young Life.

Alicia Migliarini is recognized as a role model and peer leader. Alicia always stands ready to lend a hand to her fellow students as well as adults in the community. She is a leader of the High School Y2Y Club and a Peer Leader. Alicia has made a commitment to healthy, substance-free choices, and she supports her peers in making healthy choices too.

Katherine Marrero is recognized for her good citizenship and commitment to helping others. Community service has been a regular part of Katherine’s life since elementary school. She has a passion for helping others, as demonstrated by her assistance to students with special needs, her work for rescue animals, and her longtime assistance to an elderly relative. Recently Katherine organized a massive recycling effort to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of The Greater Hudson Valley, which helps families whose children are undergoing medical care.

 

HOPP Award Winners for March 2016

Cian Burns and Elody Paulino Photo credit: Deborah Karson

Cian Burns (left) and Elody Paulino (right)
Photo credit: Deborah Karson

Congratulations to Pelham Memorial High School students Cian Burns and Elody Paulino, who received the March HOPP Award. Through the HOPP Award, PACT is seeking to acknowledge those sometimes quiet achievements and contributions of students that may not ordinarily be recognized. Symmetry Physical Therapy sponsored the March HOPP.

Senior Cian Burns is receiving the HOPP for his leadership, courage to speak out and for being a positive peer influence. Cian is a role model to his peers and is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in, even if it isn’t always the popular opinion. He sets a good example in supporting his peers to make healthy decisions. Cian is a respectful young man who is always willing to help his peers, younger students, and adults in the school community.

Elody Paulino is being recognized for her determination, overcoming life situations, and being engaged in the community. Elody takes an active role in making the community a better place for her peers and finding ways to grow as a leader, serving as a PACT intern and member of Y2Y. She is a role model for her resilience and maturity.

HOPP Award Winners for February 2016

Matt Biskup (left) and Eli MacColl (right) Photo credit: Deborah Karson

Matt Biskup (left) and Eli MacColl (right)
Photo credit: Deborah Karson

Congratulations to Pelham Memorial High School students Matt Biskup and Eli MacColl, who were honored with the February HOPP Award. Through the HOPP Award, PACT is seeking to acknowledge those sometimes quiet achievements and contributions of students that may not ordinarily be recognized. The February HOPP Award is sponsored by Meridian Risk Management/Joan Solimine Real Estate.

Senior Matt Biskup is being recognized for his leadership, integrity, courage to speak out, and for being a role model. He is a great leader, standing up for what he believes is right and not bowing to peer pressure. Matt also cares for his classmates in lower grades and makes every effort to lead them and make everyone feel included.

Sophomore Eli MacColl is being honored for his good citizenship, selflessness, trustworthiness and his engagement in the Pelham community. Since the start of the 2015-16 school year, Eli has been involved in serving various groups that are part of the PMHS community, from assisting the PMHS PTA with the house tour, to managing actors in the Pelham Middle School production of Elf Jr. to being a founding member of the Stock Market Club. Eli looks for ways to be helpful to others and give back to the community.

HOPP Award Winners for January 2016

Bell Silva (320x235)Pelham Memorial High School freshmen Jennifer Bell and Joey Silva were honored with the January Heart of Pelham PACT (HOPP) Award.  Through the HOPP Award, PACT is seeking to acknowledge those sometimes quiet achievements and contributions of students that may not ordinarily be recognized.  The January HOPP Award is sponsored by Art Scinta of Houlihan Lawrence.

Jennifer Bell is being recognized for her kindness and compassion, good citizenship, determination, positive attitude, and inclusiveness of others. Although only a freshman, Jennifer Bell shows great poise, and leadership by example, on the varsity swimming and diving team. She encourages and supports teammates of every level and ability, including — and especially — a swimmer who has learning challenges. Her gift is not just limited to the pool, as she is also a true friend at school.

Joey Silva is honored for his good citizenship and positive attitude, in addition to his integrity, selflessness and his ability to overcome life situations. Joey is very positive towards everyone and puts a smile on everyone’s faces, whether it’s in the hallway or out of school. He cares about other people and helps them when needed, whether it’s helping someone with studying or homework or even just lending things to someone else.

HOPP Award Winners for
December 2015

Clara Choate Greg GordonCongratulations to Pelham Memorial High School senior Clara Choate and junior Gregory Gordon, who were honored with the December Heart of Pelham PACT (HOPP) Award. Through the HOPP Award, PACT is seeking to acknowledge those sometimes quiet achievements and contributions of students that may not ordinarily be recognized. The December HOPP Award is sponsored by the Junior League of Pelham.

Clara Choate is recognized for her strength of character and actions as a community role model. Clara has played an active role in organizations that contribute so much to Pelham, including the Girl Scouts, the High School Peer Leadership program, and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Clara has been a strong and steady leader, advocating gender equality and fairness for all, and modeling good decision making in her own life.

Gregory Gordon is another student who leads by example. Gregory motivates other youth to get involved in community activities and to accomplish great things. He is known as someone who honors his commitments in all areas, and who goes the extra mile for his fellow students. Gregory is recognized for his compassion, determination and support for others.

 

HOPP Award Winners for November 2015

Leonard VigilCongratulations to Pilar Vigil (right) and Zachary Leonard (left), who were honored with the November HOPP (Heart of Pelham PACT) Award. Through the HOPP Award, PACT is seeking to acknowledge those sometimes quiet achievements and contributions of students that may not ordinarily be recognized. The November HOPP Award is sponsored by Simply Precise Events.

Pilar Vigil, a 10th grade student at Pelham Memorial High School, is recognized for her integrity and kindness. Pilar reaches out to others, making the students around her feel welcomed and included. Her courage and inclusive spirit make her school a greater community for all.

Zachary Leonard, a 9th grade student at PMHS, is recognized for his selflessness and leadership. A consistent volunteer at the Pelham Jewish Center, teaching children and serving the elderly, Zachary demonstrates through word and example the values of courage, compassion and integrity. Younger students at the Jewish Center have learned to look up to Zachary, and he has responded by helping to educate them in how to become good citizens of the world.

 

HOPP Award Winners for October 2015

Johnston JohnsonCongratulations to Emma Johnston (left) and Olivia Johnson (right), who were honored with the October HOPP (Heart of Pelham PACT) Award. These Pelham Memorial High School students each demonstrate the character and leadership that enrich our community, and PACT is pleased to honor them with the HOPP Award. The October HOPP Award is sponsored by Hooperstown.

Emma Johnston is recognized for her compassion and support for others. Emma, a junior, has led efforts to form a new club through which new students may make friends and connect to the community. She goes out of her way to welcome new students and to ensure that they are included and supported.

Olivia Johnson, also a junior, has been in the Pelham schools for only a short time, but she has already made a big impact. She is recognized for her enthusiasm and positive energy, and for the many ways in which she supports and encourages her fellow students.

HOPP Award Winners for September 2015

Flores HellumCongratulations to Karla Flores (right) and Noah Hellum (left), winners of the September HOPP (Heart of Pelham PACT) Award.  The September HOPP Award is sponsored by McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty.

Karla Flores, a sophomore, also shares her talents with the community, volunteering as a technology specialist supporting the District. She demonstrates that giving of your time and talents not only can be intrinsically rewarding, but can impact the larger community as well. She is recognized for her selflessness and integrity.

Noah Hellum is recognized for his determination and leadership. Already a talented filmmaker, Noah works with The Picture House to teach students about film and engage his peers in finding their passion. He also led his freshman class in collecting a record amount of food for a local food bank.

About the HOPP Award

The HOPP Award recognizes young people for demonstrating outstanding personal qualities, making healthy choices and serving as a positive influence on their peers through their actions and words. Through the HOPP Award, PACT is acknowledging those sometimes quiet achievements and contributions of students that may not ordinarily be recognized. The award will be given on a monthly basis during the school year and nominations will be considered on a rolling basis. Confidential nominations can be made by the first of every month by any adult who has knowledge of the nominee by clicking here. Each nominee must be in high school and a Pelham resident.

PACT is a community coalition encouraging youth to make healthy, safe and substance-free choices. Find out more by visiting our website at www.pelhampact.org and like us on Facebook.