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Sabre Nation wins Youth Acheivement Award

May 19, 2-16

Schalmont Middle School’s Sabre Nation organization was recognized with the Youth Achievement Award at the 33rd Annual Schenectady County Human Rights Commission Ceremony held today at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia N.Y.

Sabre Nation is a student organization that represents all areas of diversity and exemplifies the characteristics of respect and citizenship within the Middle School.

“This group consistently revisits the vision of citizenship and plans events to reinvigorate students and staff throughout the year. In doing this, they have served as the driving force in bringing together the school community,” Schalmont Middle School Guidance Counselor Christina Rizio said. “One of the greatest accomplishments of this group is it represents and celebrates the successes of the often underrepresented population of students at Schalmont, giving them the additional boost and motivation they need to persevere.”

“This group of students are also risk takers, visionaries, well-respected amongst the school body and community, influential, confident, proactive, optimistic and stand out. The mix of boys and girls in this group serve as role models for the student body. They are pleasant to their peers and promote monthly activities without hesitation,” she added. “What is most admirable about this group of students is that they follow through with their vision and constantly are improving and reflecting.”

In its second year, Sabre Nation has made an impact on the Schalmont school community, mainly by creating visual representations of the climate they which to create in the school. Examples include:

• Sabre Citizen themed pictures and quotes

• Positive Post-It Note Campaign on every locker

• Theme based posters

• Quarterly promotions for school spirit weeks

• Positive Postcards for home/school communication

• Incentive program for students demonstrating the positive characteristics

• Student-driven “Hello My Name Is______ and I will build an inclusive community by _________...” posters

These visuals demonstrate the themes of respect and being a sabre citizen, and help surround students and staff with the positive culture that the program represents.

“This group has created a forum for students to bring creative and innovative ideas to the table and make them come to life with the support of peers and adult.” Rizio said. “This has already proven to allow students not typically in the spotlight to flourish as self-motivated and creative leaders.”

Sabre NationPictured above from left to right: (front row) LaTrenton Randle, Taylor Funk, Mya Taite, Emma Keating, Kyla Gauthier, (middle row) Alanna Grant, Jordan Knowles, Marilyn Leon, Sofia Cassano, Taylor Knowles, Mia D'Ambrosio, Sabre Nation advisor and school counselor Christina Rizio, (back row) Assistant Principal Scott Ziomek, Griffin Galvin, Nate Sprenger, Darius Green, Ryan Brown, Jackson DeFayette, and David Leon.