This month’s National Renaissance Student of the Month is Abraham Panjshiri from North Stafford High School in Stafford, Virginia. Nominator Andrea Marra writes (lightly edited):

“Abraham has stepped up and taken the lead on many projects to create a more engaging virtual setting. He worked with the leadership team throughout the summer to plan an interactive virtual freshman orientation. He then helped plan virtual pep rallies, high five Fridays, spirit weeks, student recognition events, and a podcast. He is the sole tech guy behind North Stafford’s virtual pep rallies and I’m constantly impressed with his tech abilities. Our Real Talk Tuesdays podcast was one of his ideas this winter. He wanted to create a platform for students and teachers to talk about their daily hardships and struggles during this difficult time. Not only does he brainstorm the topics each week but he records, creates, and advertises the entire podcast. His passion and excitement for creating a school culture that is positive, respectful, fun, and academically successful is contagious. Many students have started to follow his lead by the example and commitment he demonstrates. Due to his work and leadership, North Stafford’s positive school culture remained strong during virtual learning.”

How long have you been involved with Renaissance?

2.5 years.

What’s a favorite Renaissance moment for you?
My favorite Renaissance moment was getting to attend the National Conference in Orlando, Florida. It was great to see a space where students and teachers alike were all passionate about the improvement of school culture and ensuring that every student gets a great environment to learn and grow in. Not to mention the amazing energy that everyone brought and passion.

How has Renaissance impacted your school’s culture?
Renaissance has brought a positive impact to our school. Through our in-person and virtual pep-rallies, especially this year, they have brought passion and drive for students to be recognized during each event. Along with recognition for the staffulty and the students, during week-long events for all their hard work. Renaissance has given us the tools to boost our student involvement and performance in school.

How has Renaissance affected you personally?
Renaissance has affected me by helping me realize some of my passions: leading, helping, and recognizing others. It has helped me to become a better leader and learner.

What advice would you give to someone just starting with Renaissance?
It is not easy in the beginning. It takes a lot of hard work and passion. At first, you may not get the biggest turnouts or the most student involvement. But, if you are passionate about what you are doing, it will spread across the school, and things will get easier. It will become a part of your school’s culture. The struggle in the beginning is definitely worth it.


Abraham will receive a shirt and a lapel pin in recognition of his achievement.

To nominate someone in your school for the National Renaissance Student of the Month honor, click here.

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