BETHANY >> Amity Middle School-Bethany eighth-graders Jonathan Fischman and Gabriella Urbano are the recipients of this year’s Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendent Awards, which are based on community service, academic achievement and leadership.

Superintendent Charles Dumais presented the award at a ceremony held Nov. 14 at the Amity Board of Education meeting.

• Jonathan Fischman is a responsible and enthusiastic student who continually exhibits maturity and determination in all of his academic classes.

Jonathan earns first honors in all advanced level courses. He is an insightful student who displays sensitivity toward his classmates.

Jonathan is a role model for his peers, is helpful toward other students, and emerges as a leader both in and out of the classroom. Jonathan is an active member of various AMSB clubs, including the math team, the science club, the architecture and engineering club, and the social robotics and engineering program. He also plays alto sax in the school band.

Jonathan has volunteered as a peer tutor this year and has been very helpful in working with other students. His enthusiasm for learning and helping his peers is a tremendous asset.

Outside of school, Jonathan volunteers at his synagogue and is collecting winter clothing to donate to those in need for his bar mitzvah community service project.

• Gabriella Urbano excels academically, earning first honors in advanced level courses.

She was among a small group of Amity students selected to participate in UConn’s STEM Conference for young women, Multiplying Your Options, sponsored by the UConn engineering department. In addition to her achievements in the classroom, Gabriella is also a leader in athletics as a member of the Amity Middle School volleyball team and a member of the strings program.

She volunteers to participate in Fabulous Friends, a peer mentoring club to help students build positive friendships.

According to her teachers and the other adults who know her, it is Gabriella’s character that stands out as the reason for her receiving this prestigious recognition.

Her pleasant disposition, genuine and natural enthusiasm, spirit of helpfulness, and her leadership by example are all areas in which Gabriella consistently distinguishes herself.

Richard Dellinger,