March 6, 2019
Nine students recognized with February Deans’ Awards
Upper St. Clair High School administrators recognized nine outstanding students with February 2019 Deans’ Awards. The awardees and the teachers who nominated them were honored at a special breakfast on March 6, 2019.
February 2019 Deans’ Award honorees include:
- Samuel Berlin, grade 12: nominated by Ms. Darakos, World Language
- Tony Cancilla, grade 12: nominated by Mr. Watson, English
- Kalina Deutsch, grade 12: nominated by Ms. Despines, Library
- Brynn Foster, grade 12: nominated by Dr. Syme, Science
- Robert Horne, grade 9, nominated by Ms. Valentine, Fine & Performing Arts
- Grace Ortenzo, grade 10: nominated by Mr. Robbins, Wellness
- Valentina Rosales Mejia, grade 10: nominated by Mr. Funfar, Mathematics
- Madeleine Wetzel, grade 9: nominated by Ms. Moeslein, Mathematics
- Taha Zafar, grade 10: nominated by Ms. Laboon, Social Studies
The monthly Deans’ Awards program was established when there were deans within the Upper St. Clair High School administration. The program is now coordinated by the high school assistant principals, Mr. Dan Beck and Mr. Dan Zelenski. Dr. Louis Angelo, high school principal, as well as members of the district’s central administration also attend the event in celebration and honor of the students recognized.
Staff members representing each curricular area nominate a student each month for the Deans’ Awards. In addition to being recognized at the monthly Deans’ breakfast, students who are nominated receive a commemorative pen, award certificate and a copy of the letter written by their faculty nominator.
Upper St. Clair High School promotes the growth and development of five Social Emotional Learning competencies. Teachers use this framework to nominate students who demonstrate any of the following:
- Self-Awareness: the ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts and values, and how they influence behavior.
- Social Awareness: the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Self-Management: the ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors in different situations; effectively managing stress, controlling impulses and motivating others.
- Relationship Skills: the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
- Responsible Decision-Making: the ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns and social norms.