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2/1/2021 Academic Standout- Jake Labanowski

Academic Standout for 2/1/2021

Presented by: Jess Sardelli

Written by: Courtney O’Keefe

The KMS teaching faculty is excited to recognize Jake Labanowski as this week’s Academic Standout! Jake is a U16 Men’s Alpine athlete, who comes to KMS from Ramsey, New Jersey. Jake received several strong nominations from his teachers this week, each showcasing this young man’s amazing work ethic, strong dedication to his studies, and his drive to constantly improve upon his already strong academic skills.


Winter-Term Humanities teacher Jessica Sardelli was the first to put forth a nomination for Jake, and enthusiastically volunteered to present for him this past Monday. Jessica reflects, “Since starting winter term, Jake has demonstrated excellent communication with me regarding assignments and travel, as well as asking questions, planning for any assistance far ahead of any due dates, and always closing communication loops. His writing has been improving tremendously! I am very impressed with his ability to implement every piece of feedback I have offered to improve his skill. It is this ability to improve upon our weaker areas & become strong that is the most impressive! He is quite a joy to have in class and very respectful to peers and faculty.”


World Languages and Culture Department Co-Chair and Social Studies teacher Robert Cavanna seconded Jake’s nomination for his work in Robert’s Latin course. Robert writes, “Jake has been exceptional since joining my Latin I class. He has worked diligently and has gone above and beyond. He supplements our three weekly class meetings with an optional National Latin Exam preparatory course, which he attends remotely once a week on Tuesdays. Jake is highly deserving of this recognition. Congratulations!”


Winter-Term Boost Math and Science Teacher Hurley Cavacas also supported Jake’s nomination. Hurley states, “Jake is a dedicated student whose focus, drive and tenacity in Geometry is a breath of fresh air. He works hard to grasp difficult concepts, especially regarding proofs. He is never afraid to ask questions and look for clarification of topics he knows will be built upon. On a personal note his quiet pleasant demeanor is very enjoyable in class.”


Rounding out this amazing list of nominations is Student Life Coordinator and Studio Art/Graphic Design/Photography teacher Eric Kuntz. Eric states, “Jake has been nothing, but exceptional since joining Studio Art II winter-term class. Each week Jake comes to class ready to take on new creative challenges and learn new studio art skills that expand his already very talented imagination. Jake turns in all his work on-time or even ahead of schedule. Jake has a remarkable eye for art and it shows in everything he does. I look forward to what he will continue to create in the time he has this semester.”


Way to go, Jake! A much deserved recognition for this week! Keep up the awesome work and congratulations!


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