RIPLEY - January's Ripley Central School Student of the Month, Phillip Maas, was nominated by two separate teachers, Justin Akin and Lisa Sabella.
"Phillip is incredibly dependable," Sabella said. "Phillip is my 'go-to' for assistance in the ELA classroom. Phillip works his hardest at all times and pushes others, including me, to do the same. Phillip has a strong moral compass; he does what is right at all times. He has a great style of dealing with people; he pushes them without upsetting them, because they trust him. All students and teachers that work with Phillip can see his drive and his commitment to all tasks. Being reliable is one of Phillip's many great qualities. This reliability and dependability will suit him well in all of life's pursuits. Keep it up, Phillip."
"Dependability is a quality that means you are reliable and trustworthy," Akin said. "Nominating Phillip Maas for this characteristic is as easy as falling off a log. As a teacher, you can rely on Phillip to do the right thing without having to monitor him. As a student, you can trust that Phillip will help you and be confident in his suggestions and assistance. Phillip epitomizes dependability in each aspect of his day. He is systematic in his homework completion and classroom participation. He is empathetic and helpful to his fellow classmates to the point where he literally thinks of others before himself. Phillip has even reminded me as a teacher of our routines and schedule when I struggle to remember something.
Ripley Central School’s Student of the Month for January, Phillip Maas, center, was nominated by two separate teachers, Lisa Sabella, left, and Justin Akin, right.
"Phillip Maas is also a member of a local Boy Scout troop. The first characteristic written in the Boy Scout Law is that a scout is trustworthy. Phillip should take pride in the fact that he exhibits this trait continuously. If someone were to ask, 'Is Phillip always dependable?' I would say, 'You can count on it and him.'"