Roxbury Township Public Schools is proud to announce that one of its students, Thomas J. (TJ) Mathis, an eighth grader at Eisenhower Middle School, received the Morris County Superintendent’s Middle School Leadership Award (MSLA) by the Morris County Association of School Administrators (MCASA) on Tuesday night at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany.
This award is for graduating middle school students whose actions and deeds “represent a model of citizenship and leadership in their respective school community”.
Each middle school in the county selects one student from each middle school in their district to receive this honor based on academic, extracurricular, and community leadership that has had a positive impact on their school environment and someone who serves as role models for others.
The selection process at EMS began with four nominations per eighth grade team in that they nominate two men and two women who demonstrate leadership trends in and out of the classroom.
Elizabeth Omegna, EMS Assistant Principal explained their process. “The nominees then meet with the school administration and a guidance counselor and are given a packet that includes a vision statement, a resume, and a series of questions. All 12 nominations are then anonymously coded and the entire staff gets to vote on the candidates.”
Omegna went on to say, “This year, TJ received almost 60% of the votes based on this packet. TJ works with the Interact Club and has begun hosting events at EMS in conjunction with the Builder’s Club. His packet and resume spoke volumes about his passions and commitments so the staff were more than impressed. We think TJ, like all EMS students have a strong commitment to the climate and culture of not only our building but our community.”
Principal Dominick Miller shared Omegna’s sentiments and said, “TJ represents what you want in a middle school student, he is a scholar, an athlete, he is civic minded, empathetic, and a great ambassador for our district. He is a great student, a supportive friend, and a true leader.”
Mathis was presented a personalized plaque to commemorate this award along with a group photo of the recipients by the MCASA.