First published in the Jan. 27 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.
Huntington Middle School Principal Daryl Topalian admitted he had a special place in his heart for the students who received Good Citizenship Awards at a breakfast last Wednesday morning.
“I think perseverance is the trait that will serve you the best during the pandemic,” said Topalian, as he acknowledged 17 members of the student body for possessing that quality. “It means that you don’t easily give up when things become difficult, and I know that can be a big challenge as it continues.”
This was the fifth event out of 10 that will be hosted by Topalian and Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett to acknowledge students for character traits such as honesty, courtesy, responsibility and service inside the classroom.
Honorees are nominated by teachers and staff members and receive a breakfast as well as a popular swag bag, filled with an HMS T-shirt and a license plate frame that declares the recipient one of “Huntington’s Best.”
Students awarded for demonstrating perseverance include Lara Walker, Bridget Spain, Adam Li, Sloane Maling, Cynthia Kackstetter, Audrey Ranabargar, Max Suen, Will Martin, Summer Yang, Jared Wang, Charles Ausbrooks, Iliannie Carillo, Wendy Li, Matthew Battaglia, Sofia Riboli, Peter Brassard and Nutthee Bhavabhutanon.