Sleepy Hollow High School freshman Jack Starkey transferred to the district this year from the Pocantico Hills Central School District. He took the transition in stride, embraced the opportunity to make new friends and renew friendships with old classmates from a couple years in early elementary school, when he attended the Tarrytown district.
Starkey prioritizes academic achievement — he’s an Honor Roll student — and makes time to play on the junior varsity basketball and baseball teams.
English teacher Judy Kelly nominated Starkey as a Sleepy Hollow High Student of the Month for January, a recognition he shares with others. Every month, different teachers each nominate one or two students for a schoolwide list of honorees.
In her nomination of Starkey, Kelly noted the 14-year-old’s maturity, dedication and hard work.
“He’s head and shoulders above most ninth-grade boys,” she said.
Starkey has Kelly’s English class right before lunch every day, and he’s nearly always the last one to leave because he’s busy perfecting his work, she said.
“Most days those kids are banging down the door to get out to lunch but he’s always there, working.”
And it pays off – Starkey has a 97 average in the class and recently earned a near-perfect score (199 out of 200 points) and the highest in the class on a book project. Students read “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and produced a portfolio of research, analytical and argumentative writing in response to their reading.
“He produces impeccable work and serves as a role model for his peers,” Kelly said.