DANBURY, Conn. – Ten Danbury students were selected by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education to receive student leadership awards, which were presented at the May 11 board of education meeting.
The student leadership awards recognize one male and one female student from each middle school and high school. Students nominated exhibit leadership skills, such as willingness to take on challenges, capability to make difficult decisions, concern for others, ability to work with others, willingness to commit to a project, diplomacy, ability to understand issues clearly, and the ability to honor a commitment.
The following students from Danbury received the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education award:
Broadview Middle School: Caitlyn VanTronk and Matthew Henry.
Rogers Park Middle School: Abigail Gumpright and Jose Mendez.
Westside Middle School Academy: Rashmi Pai and Braeden Callaghan.
Danbury High School: Sophia Pompilio and Rahul Malayappan.
Alternative Center for Excellence: Shanisha Watson-Danzy and Johnathan McKenzie.
The students were acknowledged for their volunteering commitments, their work within respective religious communities, their academic achievements and their extracurricular activities, which range from being a master violinist to being a member of the Danbury High School robotics team.
Teachers who helped present the students commented that Callaghan had a “smile that could change the world,” that Watson-Danzy challenged herself by getting higher grades every semester and that VanTronk “restores my faith” in the world.
This fall, high school seniors Pompilio and Malayappan will attend Arizona State and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively.