Plainville Community Schools, 47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville CT 06062, (860)793-3200

CAPSS Superintendent / Student Award Recognition Program

Plainville High School seniors Rebecca L. Reeve and Patrick V. Haggerty have been awarded the Farmington Valley Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents' (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 21st.

Plainville Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Binkowski 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 Rebecca Reeve has demonstrated her ability to excel in a variety of areas. She is President of the National Honor Society and Plainville High School's Scuba Diving Club. She is this year's Captain of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Team and Co-Captain of the Varsity Tennis Team. In addition, she is an alumna of the Capitol Region Inter-district Leadership Academy, a year-long course on collaborative and ethical leadership for select students in the Hartford area. Upon graduation, Rebecca will combine her two interests of travel and helping others. She intends to major in Peace and Justice Studies in planning to pursue a career in promoting international peace and understanding.

Award recipient Patrick Haggerty excels in a number of areas as an aspiring scholar and musician. Patrick has been commended by the National Merit Scholarship Program, and is a member of both the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. He was awarded the Yale Book Award in 2008, and received the Leo O. Kessler Award for Excellence in Mathematics 2008. Patrick attended the Ocean Diversity Institute through UCONN in 2006, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference in 2007. He is a member of the school Math Club, Astronomy Club, school band, jazz band, and chorus, playing trombone and singing bass. In addition, he is a member of the Connecticut Youth Symphony and the Hartt Honors Brass Quintet. Patrick holds the Connecticut Youth Symphony Outstanding Ensemble Member Award and has toured Austria with the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble. He has been selected to participate in the Connecticut Music Educators' Association's Northern Regional and Allstate festivals for the past three years. Upon graduation, Patrick will pursue a double major in mathematics and music, with the intention of being a trombone performer and college mathematics professor.

"We are extremely proud to have Becky and Patrick represent Plainville High School. They are the best of the best that Plainville High has to offer," said Plainville High School Principal Greg Ziogas.

This is the 22nd year of the CAPSS Superintendent/Student Award Recognition Program, developed to strengthen the relationship between students and school administrators. "Both Rebecca and Patrick are exceptional students who have made significant contributions to both our school community and the greater community," Superintendent Kathleen Binkowski stated. "We are proud to recognize them for their many outstanding achievements."

CAPSS, the statewide school superintendents' 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 December 1, 2008 at 04:28 PM

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