MILLBURY, Mass. - On Friday, April 27 the Freshmen Academy at Millbury High School held its Term 3 Awards Ceremony for the freshmen class of 2015. Freshmen students received Awards for EXCELLENT CHARACTER, MOST IMPROVED since term 2, as well as Term 3 HONOR ROLL RECOGNITION.
The ceremony began with opening remarks from Assistant Principal Mandy Vasil who spoke to the students about always doing their best and the importance of character. Students were then called up to the podium and presented with their Award Certificate as applause and cheers resounded from their teachers, parents, administrators and peers.
Also in attendance and sharing in the freshmen student’s successes were Superintendent Susan Hitchcock and school committee members, Mrs. Jennifer Nietupski, Mr. Bill Borowski and Mr. Kevin Plante. Everyone present was most impressed by the large number of freshman who received awards and by how many achieved the HIGHEST HONORS level on the honor roll.
Freshmen Academy teachers truly enjoy selecting the students for CHARACTER AWARDS for their students who go ‘above and beyond’ in their classes, role modeling excellent behavior every day, and are helpful, polite, mature, respectful and responsible. Students who received a CHARACTER AWARD this term were: Veronica Plante, Jess Sharon, Rachel Riani, Renee Francolini, Allie Dyberg, Erin Vaughan, and Alyssa Mitchell.
The Freshmen Academy teachers were also proud to recognize students who had greatly improved in their academics and motivation from term 2 throughout the third quarter. Students who received a MOST IMPROVED award for term 3 were: Ariella Russell, Sam Froment, Aaron Provencal, and Zach St. Jean.
Senior Meaghan O’Leary was asked to be the guest speaker for the Awards Program. O'Leary spoke with the students about the importance of character, making good choices, becoming invested in their own education, getting involved in school activities, and time management.
She was chosen by the Freshmen Academy teachers and Asst. Principal Vasil because she exemplifies (and role models every day) the academic and behavioral excellence that they hope for in their students.
One of the most meaningful parts of O'Leary’s address was when she spoke of time management. She talked about having a routine with her best friend, Meg Crain, in which they participate in sports after school, do homework, have supper and then do more homework together. She emphasized that it helps to have a friend to support you in your efforts to do well in school.
It is hoped that her words will inspire the freshmen students to set high standards for themselves and strive for excellence in all they do.