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CAPSS Superintendent/Student Award Recognition Program

Melanie Norton and Sarah Tanner, students at Plainville High School, have been awarded the Farmington Valley Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendentsí (CAPSS) Superintendent / Student Recognition Award for leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community. A luncheon ceremony was held at the Farmington Club on November 13th.

Greg Ziogas, Principal of Plainville High School, made the presentation as part of a program designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served in their schools and communities while maintaining good scholastic progress.

The Superintendent / Student Recognition Program awards a Certificate of Excellence at the discretion of the local superintendent of schools according to a distribution formula set for all state school districts. Awards are generally given during American Education Week in order to provide a meaningful focus for each school district and to enhance the quality of the certificate.

Award recipient Melanie Norton has demonstrated her ability to excel in a variety of areas. Ranked in the top 3% of her class over the past four years, she is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She has served on the Prom Committee, and is President and Co-founder of the Bio-Medical Club. She has been an active member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.), and was elected to serve on the Connecticut Association of Schools Advisory Board as a representative of Plainville High School. In addition, Melanie has been an active member in the evening chorus and the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Youth Group. She is currently Co-Captain of the Girls' Varsity Swim Team, and has been a member of the team for four years. She was named All-Herald Athlete for swimming in the 2006-2007 season, and has taught swimming lessons to Plainville's youth through the Plainville Recreation Department.

Award recipient Sarah Tanner also excels in a number of areas. Over the past four years, she has been involved in a number of extracurricular activities and has served as Vice President of her class. In this role, she has organized a number of fundraisers and is a member of the Prom Committee for the Class of 2008. Sarah has played Varsity Soccer for three years, and participated in Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track. She is also a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team, and has been an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Distributive Education Clubs of America as Treasurer. Sarah has participated in the Tuscan- American High School Exchange Program for the past three years, and this year was chosen to be a Regional Board Representative for the United Way Youth Forum. For the past two years, Sarah has also served as a Student Liaison for the Plainville Board of Education. She is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, and has earned Honor Roll distinction every semester during her high school career.

"I am proud and honored to have Melanie and Sarah represent Plainville High School. Their leadership, hard work in the classroom and loyalty to the school they attend led them to achieving this award. They are tributes to their parents and they are shining examples of the quality students at Plainville High School," noted Plainville High School Principal Greg Ziogas.

This is the twenty-first year of the CAPSS Superintendent/Student Award Recognition Program, developed to strengthen the relationship between students and school administrators. "Both Melanie and Sarah are exceptional students who have made significant contributions to both our school community and the Plainville community," Superintendent Kathleen Binkowski stated. "We are pleased to recognize them for their many positive achievements."

CAPSS, the statewide school superintendentsí professional organization, is based in West Hartford and provides professional development, personal support, statewide conferences, legislative information, and educational services to its membership.

-Posted on November 16, 2007 at 12:26 PM

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