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Plainville Students Honored At CAPSS Superintendent/Student Award Recognition Program

Plainville High School seniors Alicia Gorski and Sage Gentry 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 Country Club on November 22. Plainville Community Schools Superintendent, Jeffrey Kitching, made the presentation to Miss Gorski and Miss Gentry as part of a program designed by school superintendents 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 Alicia Gorski is an exceptional student, athlete, and leader within Plainville High School. She is a top performing student, excelling in Advanced Placement and honors level courses. She is ranked number one in her class, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Her leadership role extends to the volleyball court where she is the captain, and a four year member of the team. She is also President of the Student Council, a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team, member of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Team, and has played the flute for the past eight years. Alicia has also given back to the community through a variety of volunteer roles. She has taught volleyball to children for three years, volunteered through her church, participated in the Relay for Life program for the past four years, and participated as a member of the Girl Scouts for eleven years. Alicia reflected that community service experiences developed her empathy for others in need and her appreciation for all she has in her own life. She is pursuing a career in chemical engineering and looks forward to the new challenges and opportunities that college will bring.

Award recipient Sage Gentry is a talented, high ranking student with exceptional work ethic and dedication to academics, school clubs, and organizations. She is consistently challenging herself by enrolling and excelling in high level courses, including both Advanced Placement and honors level courses. She has received multiple awards and honors for academic achievement including recognition as an AP Scholar from College Board and numerous academic achievement awards to recognize her positive character. Sage was the co-founder and editor of the PHS Literary Magazine and serves as co-editor of the school newspaper, The Devil's Advocate. She served as Secretary and Treasurer of National Honor Society, Publicity Officer to Science National Honor Society, and is a member of the French National Honor Society. In addition, Sage was a member of the Capitol Region Inter-district Leadership Academy (CIRLA) where she enhanced her communication and leadership qualities with a group of top performing students from the region. Sage intends to pursue a career related to mathematics.

"Alicia and Sage are two outstanding examples of the possibilities through hard work and positive character. They are perfect examples of the outcomes possible for Plainville High School students," said Plainville High School Principal, Steven LePage.

This is the 26th year of the CAPSS Superintendent/Student Award Recognition Program, developed to strengthen the relationship between students and school administrators. 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 3, 2013 at 02:58 PM

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