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Norton High School seniors receive awards for student excellence


On Thursday, Nov. 18, Norton Public Schools recognized four exemplary students for their leadership, academics, and service to the surrounding community. The Academic Growth and Student Leadership Award, Superintendent's Award for Excellence, and MA Association of School Superintendents Academic Excellence Award were presented at a School Committee meeting held in the Norton Middle School Library.

"Jordan, Zoe, Abigail, and Courtney are exemplary young women who have accomplished so much during a world pandemic. I am so proud of their work ethic and skill sets. They are great representatives of NPS and the community of Norton. These talented students will someday be our future leaders," said Dr. Baeta, Superintendent of Schools.

Recipients of the Academic Growth and Student Leadership Award must be a high school senior who exemplifies admirable character and accomplishment. Eligible students are personally selected for this award by their principal, high school staff, and superintendent, who choose the students they feel have achieved high all-around distinction in their high school years.

Recipients of the Superintendent's Award for Excellence and the MA Association of School Superintendents Award must be a high school student with a three-year cumulative average, ranking high in their class, who has been actively involved in their community. Eligible students are personally selected for each award by their principal, high school staff, and superintendent, who then choose the student they feel has given exemplary service to their community and has achieved high all-around distinction in their high school career.

The 2021 recipients of the Academic Growth and Student Leadership Award are:

Jordan Robbins

Jordan Robbins is a student that embodies all that it means to be a true leader: commitment, inclusivity and passion. Whether on the field, in a club, or the classroom, it is evident that Jordan possesses the qualities it takes to be a role model to all. She demonstrates this through the five leadership positions that she holds: Treasurer for the Class of 2022, Historian for History Honor Society, Secretary and Webmaster for Spanish Honor Society, President for Math Honor Society, and Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse Team. Jordan has worked diligently throughout high school and her academic accomplishments and extracurricular achievements lead the way for a bright future.

Zoe Duran

Through her hard work, innate curiosity, and dedication, Zoe Duran has earned her spot towards the top of her class. Over her four years at NHS she has maintained a strong academic record as well as strong leadership skills. She has maintained high honors and is a proud member of 5 Honor Societies, even holding leadership positions in two of them. Between her involvement in Student Council, Site Council, Class Council, the Principal's Advisory Committee, Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee and as School Committee Student Representative, Zoe acts as a voice for the student body, and seeks to make positive change and contributions to the Norton High community. Zoe also dedicates her time to various school related clubs, a part-time job, being captain of the gymnastics team, and volunteer work all while still prioritizing her academics. She is excited to take the next step in her education and plans to study engineering.

The 2021 recipient of the Superintendent's Award for Excellence is:

Courtney Kass

Courtney Kass's academic achievements, coupled with her selfless dedication to her community, embody the characteristics of this award. She currently is ranked #2 in the graduating class and proudly serves as a member of five academic Honor Societies and President of the National Honor Society and Art Honor Society. Additionally, Courtney has received several recognitions and awards, including the President's Education Award for Art and Scholastic Art Award Honorable mention. Courtney has stepped up to serve NHS by acting as a Class Officer, member of the COVID Reopening Committee, leader of the Global Citizens Club, Best Buddies, and more. She works a part time job and has volunteered at Sturdy Memorial Hospital and Wheaton College.

The 2021 recipient of the MA Association of School Superintendents Academic Excellence Award is:

Abigail Leo

Abigail Leo always puts forth incredible effort in her schoolwork and extracurricular involvement while remaining actively engaged in her academic pursuits. This is demonstrated through her impressive GPA and current class ranking of #1 in her graduating class. Abigail is a proud member of six academic Honor Societies where she holds many leadership titles including President, Treasurer and Secretary. Her other leadership roles include Captain of the school's volleyball team, Training Supervisor at her part-time job, Officer in the school's DECA club, Student Leader for a Youth Fellowship Ministry and valued member of the Global Citizens club. Abigail has also participated in meetings with MA representatives, Ed Markey and Joe Kennedy as part of a Teen Advocacy Day, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In the future, she would like to explore a possible career in the field of molecular biology.