Congratulations Jordan! - Jordan Brooks pictured with Superitendent Susan Hasenauer

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Newark High School Senior Jordan Brooks is this year’s Newark Central School District recipient of the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Superintendent Award for student leaders throughout its 25 component districts.

Brooks received the award at a dinner March 2nd at the WFL BOCES Conference Center in Newark that he attended with his parents Miranda Brooks-Ruggeri, an NCSD Board of Education member, and Justin Lont; Newark High School Principal Kelly A. Zielke and Superintendent Susan Hasenauer.

Zielke and Hasenauer nominated Brooks for the award.

In order to qualify for the award, recipients needed to:

  • Have a GPA of 80 or higher at the end of their junior year.
  • Demonstrate qualities and characteristics expected of someone in a leadership role including honesty, compassion, perseverance, responsibility, kindness, resiliency and industriousness.
  • Consistently place others' needs before their own as exemplified by their service to school, family, community or others.

At NHS, Brooks, whose current GPA is 91.18, is Senior Class President, a member of Student Council, Principal’s Council, Link Crew, Masterminds, Drama Club, Interact Club and a member of its Board of Directors; Yearbook Club, T.I.E.S. (Together Including Every Student) and PiRI (Partners In Restorative Initiatives). He had previously been a member of It’s REAL (Rights, Education, Advocacy, Leadership) and Math Club.

It was a difficult choice with so many Seniors exhibiting leadership in and around the school community, but Jordan stood out to me since I first arrived at Newark,” Zielke said.“When the Superintendent and I were discussing this award in January, we both agreed that Jordan was a wonderful candidate that is a leader in many aspects of the school, is a positive advocate for his peers, and is thoughtful when voicing concerns or suggestions from the student body. I was honored and happy to celebrate with him and his family on this night.”

Brooks, who hopes to attend SUNY New Paltz next fall and major in astronomy and astrophysics, is very pleased about the award.

It was my first and I was really excited when I learned about it,” he said. “It is an honor.”

The speaker at the event was Dr. Robert Nye, President of Finger Lakes Community College. He told all of the 25 award recipients they would each receive a $1,000 scholarship if they attended FLCC after graduation.