The top students in academics, arts, community service and athletics were recognized Thursday at Attleboro High School's annual Awards Night. The event included the revealing of Emily Mayer as the valedictorian for the Class of 2012 and Brian Cox as the salutatorian.
Mayer maintained a grade point average of 104.2. She will attend NYU Business School in the fall. Cox's GPA was 102.4. He will attend Northwestern University. The two students will be further honored at a special ceremony in the Principal's Lobby on May 25 at 1 p.m.
Mayer and Cox were recognized multiple times at the awards night, with both students receiving Achievement in Mathematics. Mayer also earned the Daughters of the American Revolution's Good Citizen of Attleboro High School recognition for "having demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism" as well as the O’Hare Sportsmanship and Harry E. Cooper Biology awards. Cox was one of three students named Community Service Learning Program Volunteer of the Year.
The other honorees were:
Boys and Girls State Leadership: Keith Drucker, Jonathan Giara, Joseph Kelly, Ryan Papargiris, Tania Barzola-Amante, Julia Bergh, Samantha Guinan, Diana Lam, Mahrukh Malik and Morgan Martini
U.S. Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete: Keith Drucker
Community Service Learning Program Volunteer of the Year: Amanda Berthold, Brian Cox and Caitlin Murray
Presidential Volunteer Service: Caitlin Murray (gold); Owen Murray, Mike Pratt and Kaitlyn Jumpe (bronze)
Howard O’Hare Sportsmanship: Emily Mayer & Michael Regan
Excellence in Two Dimensional Studies: Breanna Belanger and Matthew Estey (grade 12); Natalie Bergh, Cody Freeman and Danielle Sharples (grade 11); Diana Sar and Julia Lubiner (grade 10); Renee Girouard and Danielle King (grade 9)
Excellence in Ceramics: Jenna Maslen
Excellence in Jewelry/Metalsmithing: Joshua Belcher, Matthew Estey and Christopher Heeks
Excellence in Jewelry/Metalsmithing and Ceramics: Corey Beaupre
Scholastic Artists: Alexa Gustafson, Jessica Manchester, Jason Moehle and Brittney Pereira
Leading Lady in Drama: Tiffany McWilliams
Leading Man in Drama: Matthew Fyfe
National School Choral Award: Tiffany McWilliams
John Philip Sousa Band Award: Samantha Durant
Andrea Soucy Excellence in Journalism: Nicole Dotzenrod
Career and Technical Education Awards: Alexander Penagos, Mackenzy Farrell, Ashley Viens, Michael Regan, Kevin Bacciocchi, Jessica Manchester, Eric Harris, Brianne Akers, Jessica Beaudet, Savannah Boyle, Emily Case, Christina D’Aguanno, Sarah Decosta, Amanda Eddy, Jordan Gale, Courtney Giouard, Kevin Hosford, Elizabeth Iadonisi, Brittney Kisamore, Derek Kuffrey, Amanda Langlois, Andrew Larson, Michelle Leon, Julia Levine, Paige Lynch, Magdalena Maliniak, Emily Malone, Melissa McNulty, Watson Oscar, Emily Paine, Lindsey Perry, Christopher Phinney, Michael Regan, Corey Simao, Naidin Ticas, Samantha Yin and Sareena Yin
Excellence in English I: Hannah Root
Excellence in English II: Karissa Hand and Max Lancaster
Excellence in English III: Emily Bury, Kelsey Wagner and Kimberlyn Roche
Excellence in English IV: Brianne Akers, Sadie Moreau and Danielle Paquin
Excellence in Creative Writing: Steven Escobar and Emily Lamarre
La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica: David Austin, Anthony Bement, Julia Bergh, Ashlyn Collins, Stefanie Gentile, Karissa Hand, Chansakada Heng, Jemimah Johnson, Joseph Kelley, Charlotte Kerwin, Max Lancaster, Olivia Mayer, Cameron Michienzi, Autumn Moitoso, Ryan Murray, Katrina Ogden, Randy Portillo, Jared Ricci, Shannon Ryder, Diana Sar, Laura Vincent and Sereena Yin
Excellence in Spanish: Shelby Cuddeback
Societe Honoraire de Francais: Timothy Cao, Madeline Jacobi and Alison Muenzen
Excellence in French: Mahrukh Malik
Achievement in Mathematics: Gabriel Amatruda, Brian Cox and Emily Mayer
Distinguished Mathematics Achievement: Kyle Gensler
Bausch and Lomb Award (science): Julia Bergh
Kenneth L. Goding Chemistry Award: Ryan Carello
Harry E. Cooper Biology Award: Emily Mayer
American Association of Physics Teachers Award: Adam Battista
Excellence in World History II: Vichhia Ching, Stephen Deyo and Benjamin Wagner
Excellence in U.S. History I: Patrick Aucoin
Excellence in U.S. History II: Allison Standley
Excellence in AP U.S. History: Brandon Clark and Keith Drucker
Four-Year Excellence Award (history): John Stephen
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Student Achievement Award: Caitlin Murray
BOOK AWARDS (presented to members of Class of 2013, descriptions provided by Attleboro High)
Bay Path College Book Award, Allison Standley. The focus at Bay Path is on preparing students to become professionals and leaders in their fields through a dynamic curriculum guided by our core values. The award is given annually to a select group of elite high school students from New England and New York.
Colby College Book Prize, Abigail Oliver. The award goes to a student who has shown outstanding academic achievement in the school's most rigorous curriculum and has made substantial contributions to the high school and local community. Also, the prize is awarded to a person who has initiative, integrity, social maturity and genuine concern for others. Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Bradford S. Germain.
Elmira College Key Award, Tania Barzola-Amante. The award goes to a student who demonstrates both academic achievement and outstanding school and community leadership. The winner is eligible for a four-year, $48,000 scholarship.
Harvard Prize Book Award, Mahrukh Malik. The award goes to a student who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields. The winner of this award, through their intelligence and variety of achievement, exemplifies Harvard's concern for excellence. Sponsored by Mr. James H. Anderson, Class of 1969
Lemoyne College Heights Award, Jonathan Giara. The award recognizes a student who is "reaching for the heights" in the classroom and in service to the school and community. It is intended to promote and recognize academic achievement, service and leadership.
Rensselaer Medal, Morgan Martini. The award honors a student who has achieved excellence in an exceptional mathematics and science program. The recipient has demonstrated the potential for success in a science or technology-oriented profession. Each medalist who is accepter and subsequently enrolls at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute receives a four-year, $60,000 scholarship.
Saint Michael's College Book Award, Diana Lam and Ryan Papgiris. The award recognizes students who exhibit the characteristics of an ideal Saint Michael's student, based specifically on achievement in academics and community service.
Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit, Christina Lam. The award is offered to a young woman who has demonstrated high achievement in science and mathematics. Award recipients must have completed three years of science and three years of mathematics with distinction and must be students who have been active citizens of the school and/or community.
Student Sage Scholarship Nomination Program at Russell Sage College, Megan Greve and Joseph Kelley. This program allows schools to nominate a female student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement. If selected, the student nominee will be eligible for a scholarship at Russell Sage College.
Wellesley College Book Award, Julia Bergh. The award honors a female student whose academic record and character are exceptional and who has also made significant personal contributions to her school and/or the local community.