J. Taylor Finley Middle School has been recognizing outstanding its top physical education students each month in an effort to honor the deserving teenagers and to inspire and motivate their classmates.
Finley teachers Marissa Bergmann, Timothy Madden and Travis Smith said it isn’t easy to pick just two boys and two girls each month for special honors, considering how many superb young people pass through the gymnasium each day.
PE Student of the Month Awards are presented in recognition of “outstanding efforts and leadership in class.” One male and one female student are selected on both the seventh and eighth grade levels.
The honorees during the first three months of the 2017/18 school year have been:
September: Seventh graders Laurel Bonn and Joseph Algieri; eighth graders Theadora Carnesi and Theologos Tiliakos.
October: Seventh graders Kimberlin Quintanilla and Michael Kline; eighth graders Cameron McNulty and Analisse Batista.
November: Janeth Saravia and Aidan Carrello; eighth graders Christina Drummings and Jayden Cyrise.
“These students are great role models for their peers,” Ms. Bergmann said.
Mr. Smith has been a Huntington physical education teacher since September 1998. A member of Huntington High School’s Class of 1992, he obtained a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Brockport and a masters’ degree at Stony Brook University. He has coached wrestling on both the middle school and high school levels and earned many awards, including national varsity assistant coach of the year in 2004. He has also coached boys’ soccer and lacrosse on the middle school level.
Mr. Madden has been a Huntington physical education teacher since September 2002. A graduate of Hauppauge High School, he obtained an undergraduate degree at SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree at Stony Brook University. He has coached football, basketball, baseball, track, lacrosse and softball at various levels.
Ms. Bergmann has been a Huntington physical education teacher since September 2014. A of Huntington High School’s Class of 2003, she earned an undergraduate degree at Purdue University in elementary education with a minor in reading and obtained a master’s degree at Stony Brook University in liberal studies with a concentration in health science.
Ms. Bergmann has coached high school basketball and field hockey and middle school soccer and lacrosse. She has served as treasurer of the Suffolk County Girls’ Basketball Coaches Association.