DANBURY, Conn. -- Broadview Middle School eighth-grader Charlie Wimer has shown that he is a natural leader by taking charge, setting a good example and rarely taking credit, which is why he has been recognized with an Excellence in Citizenship Award from the state.
The Award from the office of Secretary of State Denise Merrill is given to one eighth-grade student from each participating school who demonstrates the qualities of active participation in civic or community activities, good scholarship and school involvement.
Qualifications include volunteer service to the community, involvement in citizenship or character building organizations, a good scholastic record and leadership ability to motivate others to act to benefit the community.
“Charlie is the kind of person who makes a difference without actually trying to make a difference,” said Christine Miller, Broadview social skills counselor.
“He has been a leader in our Unified Sports program where he exemplifies the qualities of acceptance, kindness and inclusion. He has prepared and presented school-wide events and grade-level assemblies for the programs of the Sandy Hook Promise. He was a key organizer for the Danbury Middle School Leadership Conference. He is a straight-A student who has improved academically every year of middle school. Charlie is a genuine, funny, smart, empathic person who never promotes himself and, in just being Charlie, brings everyone around him up."
As proof of his humility, when Wilmer won the award, he said it wasn’t just for him.
“I’m not the only person who does good things,” he said. “It’s a team effort – it’s not just me.”