June 7, 2023

May 2023 Hudson Has Heart Award Recipients Announced

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HUDSON, NY — At the June 6 Hudson City School District Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Lisamarie Spindler publicly announced the recipients of the “Hudson Has Heart” awards, representing May 2023.

In October 2022, the Hudson City School District announced the launch of a monthly recognition titled the “Hudson Has Heart” Awards to acknowledge the selfless contributions and passionate members that make the Hudson City School District community what it is. Individuals considered are nominated by peers for making a positive difference in Hudson City School District by selfless, passionate actions and being dedicated to the district.

Numerous nominations were sent in of students, staff and community members, respectively, who elevate and proudly represent the culture and values that are cherished and implemented here in Hudson.

For the first time in the history of the award, four students, Neshath Khan, Antonio Gambino, Kara Sullivan and Kamryn LaPage,  the four class officers for Hudson Senior High School, were selected at the same time.

“These four recipients from the Senior High School have shown a tremendous amount of leadership, responsibility, accountability and character this school year,” Spindler said. “Through fundraising efforts, class activities and embracing Bluehawk pride, these four class representatives have gone above and beyond for their school community in an effort to bridge local organizations to the District.”

In the staff category, Senior High School teacher Kayani Isle was honored for her commitment to supporting scholars and providing life-changing opportunities.

“Kayani Isle is the advisor of the Class of 2023, is involved in numerous clubs and provides countless language opportunities for our student body through foreign and American Sign Language,” Spindler said. “Kayani’s nominator said, ‘for everyone, she has made it her mission to show kindness to all and encourages others around her to do the same.’”

Tim Martin was selected as the recipient of the Community Member award based on his contributions in the local media by highlighting the athletic accomplishments of Hudson’s scholar-athletes.

“Tim Martin has been known for his spectacular ability to capture moments in time of our scholar-athletes. Whether it be through an amazing photo or a captivating story transcribing the action of an athletic contest, Tim has proven to have a passionate heart for Hudson’s athletic programs,” Spindler said.


#1 Photo by Lance Wheeler: Hudson Has Heart May 2023 Community Member award recipient Tim Martin poses for the camera with the Hudson City School District Board of Education at the June 6 school board meeting.

#2 Photo by Austin Crosier: Hudson Has Heart May 2023 Student award recipients Neshath Khan (second from left) and Kara Sullivan (third from left) and Staff award recipient Kayani Isle (left) receive their awards on June 7 from Superintendent Dr. Lisamarie Spindler (right). (Recipients Antonio Gambino and Kamryn LaPage are not pictured.)

#3 Photo: From left, Hudson Has Heart May 2023 Student award recipients Kamryn LaPage, Antonio Gambino, Neshath Khan and Kara Sullivan pose for the camera with their awards.