Members of Schuylerville High School’s student council helped put together a red-carpet event to celebrate teachers, administrators and staff on Thursday, May 4. Students dressed in formal attire walked guests to their seats while the paparazzi, in the form of digital photography students, snapped photos. Those in attendance were treated to performances by the Jazz Ensemble, the singing of senior Lydia Martin and a tap dance performance by senior Ian Luhman. The show concluded with the presentation of a staff appreciation award.
“Schuylerville High School is not just a school, we are a community created by caring and dedicated individuals,” emcees Myranda Gale and Jared Everleth told the crowd. “Student council invited students to nominate an administrator, teacher, or staff member to be honored for making a difference in their life through an anonymous essay.”
The winning essay was written by junior Sidney Gregorek honoring bus driver Denise Richards. The essay is posted below. Student council would like to thank parent Sue Palmer for organizing the event and all of the student volunteers for their assistance with the event.
Sidney Gregorek’s essay:
Teachers are not the only staff members at Schuylerville High School who influence students on a day-to-day basis. For example, over 1,500 Schuylerville students ride the bus every day, according to the school website. Although the work of staff members such as bus drivers, custodians, and cafeteria staff is such an important part of a student’s day, these staff members often do not receive the recognition they deserve.
My bus driver, Ms. Denise Richard, is one of the first people I see on my way to school every day. Although I am very grateful that Denise manages to get me and my neighbors to school safely on time day after day, I admire her more for the way she strives to give every one of her passengers a good start to their morning. It is impossible to walk up the stairs of Denise’s bus without hearing some variation of “Good morning,” and even more rare to exit the bus without some form of “Have a great day”. Though they may seem like no big deal, such simple, positive phrases are huge to students who just stood out in the snow, accidentally overslept, have a big test, or just generally aren’t looking forward to going to school. Denise manages to make a personal connection to every student on her bus, and her daily encouraging words serve as reminders to all of us that there is always somebody who cares and is cheering us on.