PARAMUS, N.J. -- The Education Foundation of the Paramus Regional Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging and funding innovative and challenging ideas and projects among Paramus students and teachers -- and one of its grants recognizes student for their progress.
Paramus High School Principal Raymond Kiem initiated one such project, called "The Principal's Atrium: A Student Spotlight." The project honors student work that may not be recognized through traditional honor processes. Student work that has shown improvement, personal growth or emerging excellence is displayed on a rotating basis in an artistic format.
On Tuesday, May 24, members of the Paramus Regional Chamber of Commerce, board members of the Education Foundation and district administrators attended the final "Student Spotlight" for this school year. The event has been held monthly since September.
Spotlighted students were selected by one or more of their teachers: 16 students were in this final round.
Here's a sampling of what teachers wrote about the students they nominated:
- "I am tremendously proud of (this student). She is an ESL junior who first came to PHS during her freshman year when she was just beginning to use English. Since then, she has been a model to her peers ... . She is also a very talented artist whose work was presented in last week's art festival. She was also inducted into this year's World Language ESL Honor Society, where she gave a moving speech to the audience."
- "I would like to recognize (this student) for being such a hard-working, respectful, good-natured and responsible young man. He is a pleasure to have in class, a student that exerts positive energy with a smile on his face and a true love and passion for learning."
- "To know this young lady is to truly understand what it is to work hard and be part of everything she undertakes. She is sensitive and caring young lady who is always positive and funny and sweet ... . She works so hard in class and doesn't let anything get in her way in life…truly an inspiration to me and to her classmates."