PHS Students Honored with “Student Rocks Award”
Posted on 06/03/2021

Plainville High School students Katherine Gibson  and Kyle Voisine  have been named recipients of the second semester “Student Rocks Award” recognizing their outstanding contributions to Plainville High School.

The Student Rocks Award was established by three teachers in 2010 as a way to honor those students who “do the right thing” every day without looking for acknowledgement. Once a semester, teachers nominate and then vote for two students they believe are worthy of this award. The students are honored, along with their family members and guests, at a staff meeting where they are awarded a book and presented the Student Rocks plaque where their names are engraved. This plaque is displayed in the school’s awards showcase. It reads: “awarded to students who assume responsibility for their positive contributions to the school and community.” Faculty and staff comments submitted for the winning nominations are also shared during the awards presentation.  

Gibson, a junior, was nominated by  Plainville High School faculty  members Christina Roy, Kelly Hickey, Mikayla Wells and Jen Jambard.   

“I only met Katherine this year, but she has already made an impression on me. She is one of those people who appears to just wake up in a good mood and who is always just happy to be there.

Katherine will greet people with a smile and a pleasant, "Good morning, how are you?" As a student, Katherine is always attentive and participating in our discussions. Her positive attitude is infectious - -  it is impossible to be in a bad mood when Katherine is around,” noted Christina Roy in her nomination.

Voisine, a senior, was nominated by PHS faculty and staff members Mark Fritz, Dylan Fusco, Deb Pikiell and Sue Bradley. 

“Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to get to know Kyle as both his teacher and his coach.  Whether it is in the classroom or on the practice field, Kyle's work ethic and attitude help to separate him from his peers while serving as the consummate role model.  Kyle is approachable and very personable, often demonstrating maturity that few other students at his age have.  His intrinsic drive to better himself will continue to lead him to success long after he leaves PHS,” noted Mark Fritz in his nomination.

Katherine  and Kyle were honored virtually on May 26th during a high school faculty meeting.

“I feel privileged to help carry on the legacy of the Student Rocks program that

was started by Maria Colangelo, now a retired faculty member. During such a challenging school year, it is rewarding to spotlight these two extraordinary students,” said PHS faculty member and Student Rocks Program Co-Coordinator Eileen Hebert.

"I am so excited for our two winners this semester. Katherine and Kyle are two students who I know positively contribute to Plainville  schools and our community. I am honored to know them, and am excited to see what their futures hold! " noted PHS faculty member and Student Rocks Program Co-Coordinator Mikayla Wells.

“The Student Rocks Award is one of the most prestigious and in my opinion, best awards a student can earn at PHS. It recognizes the impact these students have had on our school culture. Both of the students honored this semester embody what we hope for from all of our Blue Devils at PHS,” said Plainville High School Principal, Carl Johnson.

“Congratulations to Katherine and Kyle on being selected by the PHS staff for this wonderful recognition of character, and their positive influence on their community during their time at Plainville High School. It is clear that these two students embody the characteristics celebrated by this award. I wish Katherine and Kyle much happiness and continued success in their remaining time at PHS and throughout their future. I also want to commend Kyle for his decision to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Kyle, thank you for your commitment, bravery and service to our country,” said Superintendent of Schools, Steven LePage.