Webster Retired Educators Association recently sponsored the 15th annual Citizenship Award for a fifth-grade student in each of Webster Central School District’s elementary schools.
This program recognizes students who are reliable and dependable, courteous and polite, respected and respectful, trustworthy and responsible and kind and considerate of others. Winners represent the characteristics of service, scholarship, leadership and sportsmanship.
WREA members Deb Beckmann-Hein, Julia Craig, Andy David, Kathy Foster, Maurine Johnson, Dennis Kuhn and Dave Schumacher worked with elementary building representatives in the selection process.
This year’s award winners are Kathryn Rider and Joseph Presutti, of DeWitt Road Elementary School; Maxwell Braithwaite, of Klem Road North Elementary School; Catherine Rogers, of Klem Road South Elementary School; Alyssa Doody, of Plank Road North Elementary School; Anika Peterson, of Plank Road South Elementary School; Taya Masters, of Schlegel Road Elementary School; and Luca Russo, of State Road Elementary School.
Rider demonstrates cooperation, accountability, respect and excellence behaviors daily, and showers peers with kindness. Adults and students can count on her to make good choices. She exhibits perseverance throughout the school day in and out of the classroom, and her work has resulted in significant academic accomplishments.
She continually seeks out challenges, and sets high goals for herself. Rider is a member of the safety patrol, was selected by her peers as a DeWitt Road School role model and is a member of the school’s band, chorus and PBIS Student Leadership Team. She spent time supporting younger students through buddy reading and one-on-one time working with kindergarteners.
Rider is involved in various activities outside of school, including Pioneer Girls, Odyssey of the Mind and church activities. She assisted in providing Christmas gifts to children in need, volunteers in local soup kitchens and participates in fundraisers for heart disease and cancer research.
Presutti also demonstrates cooperation, accountability, respect and excellence for all students. He is thoughtful and empathetic toward others, and can be counted on to persevere and do the right thing. He has a passion for learning, and often challenges himself and often goes above and beyond in his work.
Presutti is a member of safety patrol, a DeWitt Road School role model, on the PBIS Student Leadership Team and volunteers to help younger students through buddy reading and English language arts centers. He is involved in intramurals, chorus and art club; plays the trumpet in band; and participates in Ridge Runners.
Outside of school, Presutti plays for the Webster Warthogs travel baseball team and Webster North Coast basketball team along with flag football and soccer. He is involved in his church’s vacation bible school, moving this year from participant to volunteer. He has helped family at events for girls softball, Clean Sweep and church coffee hours.
Braithwaite is described by staff and students as polite, respectful, courteous, considerate, motivated, helpful and genuine. He served as a safety monitor and helped throughout the school, setting up for special events and in other various ways. He is quick to help fellow classmates if they are confused on a concept being taught or if they drop their supplies. He cleans up in music, art, and physical education, and never misses an opportunity to say greet any adult he sees.
Braithwaite includes everyone in play and group work. He puts in extra time with his instrument and participates in the fall and spring Solo Fest and Community Arts Day. Within the community, he is active with Boy Scouts, participates in a food and clothing drive and volunteers at Foodlink. He loves to play baseball. Braithwaite often pet sits for neighbors, helps others in the classroom, shares prizes with classmates and offers to help adults.
Rogers consistently strives for excellence in the classroom, and participates in class. She leads by example in the classroom and through extracurricular activities such as chorus, band and intramurals. Throughout the year she was a safety monitor, always showing up to her job on time and executing it with perfection.
Outside of school, Rogers is a leader on her soccer team and is involved in community service, acting as an altar server for her church. She constantly encourages classmates to do their best and treats everyone with fairness and generosity.
Rogers, an athlete, always gives her best in physical education and on the field at soccer while encouraging fellow students and teammates to do their best. She leads by example; is respected by her classmates; is respectful to her classmates, teachers and staff; and is kind to everyone she meets.
Doody is said to go above and beyond on a daily basis to be kind and helpful to her peers, staff and teachers. She demonstrates essential skills every day, takes an active role in her learning and is genuine when offering to help a friend in need or a teacher. She is always positive, and has a kind word to say about all.
Doody demonstrates compassion in class by volunteering to help other students as well as praising others when they do a good job. Others look up to her as a calm and fair leader. She is dedicated to her learning, participating in the lesson and putting forth 100 percent effort in everything she does.
As a member of band, book club, Battle of the Books, Math Olympiad, intramurals and art club, Doody is willing to take on any extra challenges to further her learning in various areas. Outside of school, she is involved in Lakefront Soccer Club, North Coast Basketball and Girls on the Run as well as volunteer and community service activities.
Peterson, is an optimistic, patient and caring student who exemplifies a good citizen in the Greater Webster community. Not only is she a good student and positive role model, but she also spends much of her time outside of school making a difference in the lives of others.
Peterson has gathered and wrapped books and bears for local police departments, collected shoes and blankets for the refugee crisis and packed backpacks with toiletries and blankets for Code Blue, delivering them to the Open Door Mission. She has organized a mitten and blanket drive for Rochester International Academy, cleared brush and run a hayride for Never Say Never Stables, raked leaves for local senior citizens and gathered donations and delivered Thanksgiving baskets.
Masters consistently represents cooperation, accountability, respect and excellence attributes through her service toward others, leadership and sportsmanship. She is a high achiever and a hard worker who strives to do her best in all aspects of her life. She comes to school each day with a smile on her face and is ready to learn.
Even with her success, she continually looks for ways to improve the quality of her work every day. Her energy and enthusiasm support the learning of others. She gives up her lunch to tutor friends in math, sits with classmates who need support and encouragement and helps anyone she sees in need, often putting their needs before her own.
Masters is an active participant in her school and community. She is a safety monitor and participates in chorus, kaleidoscope, band and book club. She is part of the Schlegel Road Unified Sports basketball team and the school’s Nordic ski program. She is an active community member, serving her church and Pioneer Girls Club.
Russo has extensive service to his community and school. He is an altar server at Holy Trinity Church. As a member of the school’s Kiwanis Club, he participated in many service projects. He plays checkers with local senior citizens, and is a member of the school safety patrol.
Russo plays cello in the school orchestra, and has participated in the Community Arts Day recital and Solo Fest, where he received a score of outstanding. He reads to first-graders who need extra attention from a friend.
He plays basketball in the CYO league and football for the Webster Warriors. Russo makes sure everyone is included in activities, encourages classmates, is loyal and embodies an uplifting attitude.
Each of the award winners received a medal and had their name engraved on a plaque located in their elementary school. In addition, the board of education recognizes the winners at one of their meetings followed by a reception sponsored by WREA.