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ICHS Announces April Rider of the Month Students


(June 14, 2016) Every month, Ichabod Crane High School honors students who demonstrate our school district’s mission and community values. These students have been recognized by high school teachers and staff for exemplifying what it means to be an Ichabod Crane Rider. They exhibit all-around good character, morals and demonstrate Rider values and Rider pride in the classroom, in sports, arts, music, volunteering in the Pre-K classroom and in the community.

Students receive a certificate, a letter from Congressman Chris Gibson and an ice cream coupon donated by Stewarts.

We are pleased to announce the following as Rider of the Month students for April:

  • Jessica Mangione-Smith
  • Bailey Lapo-McDermott
  • Luiz Cruz-Pablo
  • Alex Gomez
  • Chris McNeal
  • Mary Bartkus
  • Katie Gibson
  • Joel Flouton


Grade 9


Jessica Mangione-Smith

Jessica is a great student who is willing to help out her classmates during class and is always available to her teachers with a smile. She has been an active participant with SADD and the Shattering The Myths program and has helped make a difference in our school.

Bailey Lapo-McDermott

Bailey is a young man who works hard and does well both academically and in extra-curricular activities. His teachers consistently state that he is a pleasure to have in class and he is a performer in the Crane Acting Troupe, ICHS Chorale, Spectrum, ICHS Band, Jazz Ensemble and he is active in the Envirothon competition to name some of the activities with which he is involved. Bailey is a polite and energetic individual both in and out of school who works to build the kind of community atmosphere of which we can all be proud.

Grade 10


Luiz Cruz-Pablo

Luiz is a funny, hard working student who is always smiling. He is very kind to adults and students. He has outstanding class attendance, is always willing to participate in class and will work well with any student he is asked to. He is a pleasure to have in class.

Alex Gomez

Alex exemplifies Rider Pride. As a sophomore, Alex has distinguished himself as a leader both on and off the soccer field. He was selected to participate in the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute held in Albany this March. He was instrumental in analyzing and researching for mock debate. He is an outspoken advocate for all students at Ichabod and in the larger community. He is a diligent student and when not playing soccer can be found working or spending time with his family.

Grade 11


Christopher McNeal

Chris is a special person in many ways. In the classroom he is kind and polite and is always willing to help his teachers and classmates. Chris continues his caring and polite ways outside of class in the halls and after school. He consistently finds the good in others and is always offering courteous responses and compliments to those with whom he interacts. He is involved in a building leadership group which focuses on positive ways to impact our students, staff and overall building.

Mary Bartkus

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Mary is polite, conscientious and a true example of positivity to her friends and peers. Mary is fair and kind and willing to stand up for her beliefs in a diplomatic manner. She challenges herself academically and is a true leader inside the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. She actively participates and excels in all of her classes and demonstrates stupendous effort. Mary participates as an officer for The Class of 2017, plays volleyball and basketball as well as LVC (club volleyball). She is a diligent student-athlete who works conscientiously at all the tasks given to her and goes above and beyond what is expected. Her involvement in all of her activities throughout her three years at Ichabod Crane is impressive and a true accomplishment.


Grade 12


Katie Gibson

Katie is a fun-loving student that is always looking at the positive side of everything that she does. She is consistently a kind and friendly face in the halls and is a great source of support for her friends, peers and our staff. Katie is an active participant in class and is works hard to be successful. This year, she has found tremendous success as a member of the New Visions Law and Government class. Katie also found time to actively participate in the Crane Acting Troupe. She did a fantastic job in her performance in “Mary Poppins.”

Joel Flouton

Joel has bloomed into an interactive and caring partner with members of his Oral Interpretation class. He exhibits an artistic perspective in the humanistic side of literature.

Jessica Mangione-Smith Bailey Lapo-McDermott Luis Cruz-Pablo

Jessica Mangione-Smith, Bailey Lapo-McDermott, Luiz Cruz-Pablo

Alex GomezKatie Gibson Joel Flouton

Alex Gomez, Katie Gibson, Joel Flouton

Chris McNeal

Christopher McNeal