Leila Malavite, who completed eighth-grade at Sandy Valley Junior High, was the recipient of the annual Lori Sickafoose Award at the end of the 2008-09 school year.
All eighth-grade students are eligible for this award, which is named for the late Lori Sickafoose, who displayed a positive and friendly attitude as a student in the district, despite having many physical and health difficulties in her short life. Students are nominated for this award by a faculty member, and recipients of the award are chosen by the following criteria:
1. Works to the best of their abilities;
2. Has a happy, friendly, outgoing personality;
3. Is well liked by students and teachers;
4. Has a positive attitude.
Leila, who will enter the ninth-grade at Sandy Valley High School this fall, is a straight “A” student. She participates in volleyball and track at Sandy Valley and has won numerous awards in vocals from the National Federation of Music Clubs. She is the daughter of Barbara Malavite of Magnolia and Keith Malavite of East Sparta and the sister of Noah Malavite who passed away last year.