Each year, the Mid-Hudson School Study Council gives Superintendent Tim Mains the opportunity to present National School Development Council Awards for Academic Growth and Student Leadership in Learning. He may present four awards to accomplished and deserving students.
This year, Mr. Mains noted there were a record number of nominees – 75 to start. He peruses the honor rolls and asks for recommendations from high school teachers and administrators. He got the initial list down to 30, then 12 before choosing his four award winners for this year:
- Christelle Bernardin
- Jack Gandolfini
- Joseph Rosploch Jr.
- Katherine Sassi
Mr. Mains noted that he looks for juniors purposely so that this award gives them added benefit when applying to colleges, internships and jobs.
“It’s a big deal to me,” said Mr. Mains. “I cherish the process each year in trying to make this tough decision of who deserves these awards. All four of these students are extremely deserving.”
The three criteria for students to receive this award includes:
- consistently pursuing a high level of academic effort
- serving as positive role models for the student body
- exemplifying admirable character and accomplishment.
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