Thompson students recognized for excellence in and out of the classroom
KILLINGLY – Praised for their work in and out of the classroom, six Thompson students were recognized Tuesday night for their service and leadership in the community, actions that make them role models for other students.
Fourth grade students June Ferraro and Eric Levesque, eighth graders Emma Carpenter and Lance Groh, and Tourtellotte Memorial High School senior Sophia Prouty were presented certificates of excellence during the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents ceremony at Killingly High School. TMHS Senior Cody Trudeau, Thompson’s sixth award recipient, was unable to attend the event.
“These students – whether they realize it or not – make an impact leading by example in both their school and in the community,” said Thompson Superintendent Michael Jolin. “They’re great students, but they’re also great kids. These awards are based on community service and service to others; academic prowess, and leadership service to the school community.”
The Superintendents Student Award Recognition Program is designed to allow superintendents to move beyond the academic achiever who routinely receives recognition, and to use their discretion and understanding of the students to recognize students who go beyond academic achievement.
June Ferraro takes after the two women she was named after who demonstrated all of the qualities and values of a role model and leader. Through her actions of kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity and hard work, June leads by example and is following in the footsteps of her namesake. She takes pride in her endeavors both in and outside of the classroom and always puts forth her best effort. She has a creative, artistic side as well as an athletic, competitive side. June has participated in community events such as the annual scarecrow contest and has qualified for the mile run representing her class in both third and fourth grade. She embodies the qualities of a true peer model – she is respectful, responsible and safe. She is an honest person who is honored to be recognized for this award.
Eric Levesque enjoys music and art but has a love for math and science. He is always eager to learn new things and strives to do his best. Along with his high academic performance, Eric is respectful and courteous to his elders and classmates. His willingness to help others makes him a great Peer Model and an influential teammate. Eric plays baseball in the spring and soccer in the fall for Thompson’s recreational leagues. He enjoys watching football, baseball and hockey with his family. Eric’s hobbies include playing chess, completing Seduko puzzles and playing video games. He also enjoys watching The Food Network as he aspires to become a Master Chef someday. Eric Levesque most certainly deserves to be recognized for the 2016 Superintendent’s Award.
Lance Groh enjoys playing baseball and basketball and loves running on the cross country and track teams. Lance loves to play games in his free time. When Lance was six-years old he started playing baseball for the town of Thompson and is still playing to this day. Lance has been on the honor roll since the fifth grade and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. After high school, Lance is hoping to become a police officer like his grandfather who was a police officer or maybe a mechanic as he loves cars and trucks and loves to work on them with his dad and older brother when he can. Lance plans to continue to do his best in everything he does and hopes to continue to succeed the rest of eighth grade as well as high school and beyond.
Emma Carpenter is an eighth grade student at Thompson Middle School who enjoys drawing, reading, soccer, and volunteering. Emma works very hard on her schoolwork. In sixth grade her NEWA testing for math rose over 30 points and over 18 points and reading. In the seventh grade some of her awards that she received was Remarkable Reader Award, an Excellence Award in chorus, and the Citizenship Medal. Over the summer of 2016, Emma attended the Wyndham-Tolland 4-H Camp and was able to ride horses and she received the Best Attitude Award in her knitting group. To attend camp she raised money by collecting bottles and cans and cleaning cars. Emma attends youth ministries at High Point Church every Tuesday evenings. Her newest adventure is joining the Putnam II Leo’s where she was pinned as a member and will be actively volunteering in her community.
Cody Trudeau’s passion for music has been nurtured here at school through his participation in the band. Cody serves as the Operations Manager for the band and is responsible for managing the instruments and organizing the inventory of all music-related equipment. Cody has worked as the sound booth intern in the district auditorium each of the last three years and is in the process of training new students in the same capacity. Cody has been faithfully involved with the boy scouts for many years, including a summer experience working at the June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation. Cody is an intern for WINY Radio and as a member of the UMASS Honors Band which meets regularly in Amherst, Massachusetts. Whether in school or in the community, he is the kind of person that steps up to help.
Sophia Prouty is an honors student that always shows maximum effort. Along with her academic accolades, Sophia serves on our school Leadership Team representing the interests of her classmates and advocating for school improvement. Sophia was selected as the Vice President of her senior class and Historian for the Future Business Leaders of America club. In each of these roles, she supports the interests of others and performs hours of community service as well. Outside of school, Sophia has been a volunteer at TEEG, the Read Across America event at the elementary school, and Relay for Life. In keeping with her passion for the care of others, Sophia works as a babysitter and as a child care teacher at Child Watch in Putnam. Her teachers describe Sophia as bright, cheerful, and always willing to take a risk and try something if it will help others or support a good cause.
The Certificates of Excellence were presented to students by district superintendents at a regional program held during American Education Week, Tuesday evening, December 6th, at Killingly High School, as twelve participating school districts focused on students whose accomplishments and activities far exceeded academic success, and included service and leadership, making them role models for other students.
The Superintendent/Student Award Recognition Program was instituted in 1986 by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS).