By Cindy Zomar, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Marlborough High School Principal Dan Riley recently welcomed two seniors to a small ceremony outside the school to honor them with the National School Development Council (NSDC) Award for Academic Growth and Student Leadership in Learning.
“The NSDC Award is presented to high school seniors who have consistently pursued a high level of academic effort,” Riley said. “These young ladies have served as positive role models for the student body and exemplify admirable character and accomplishment. Congratulations to Ava Hannon and Patricia Jean-Baptiste!”
Riley went on to introduce Ava Hannon, remarking that she is “hardworking, determined, and persevering.”
Hannon arrived in the Marlborough Public Schools during her freshman year of high school and it took awhile for her to hit her stride academically. However, her transformation from then to now is definitely notable, starting off as a C+/B student who by the end of her junior year had a solid A average.
“Her GPA (Grade point average) during her junior year was nearly double that of her previous two years at Marlborough High,” Riley noted.
As a member of the school’s Early College High School program, Hannon took all four classes offered in conjunction with Quinsigamond Community College and will have earned 12 college credits by the time she graduates. She will be able to transfer those credits to a college of her choice. Hannon plans to pursue a career in Nursing.
Patricia Jean-Baptiste received the second award and was described by Riley as “a hardworking and driven individual who has worked diligently in her high school career to utilize her resources and challenge herself academically.” Case in point, while Jean-Baptiste initially was in all college prep level classes, she currently is taking all Advanced Placement classes through her senior year. Jean-Baptiste enjoys a challenge and shows a dedication and commitment to her education that sets her apart from her peers. She is also a member of the cross-country track team and the robotics team. Jean-Baptiste hopes to become a Biotechnologist after college.
Superintendent Michael Bergeron and Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant were also on hand to congratulate the students for their achievements.
The National School Development Council received its charter as a nonprofit in Massachusetts in 1969.
Riley explained, “The NSDC is a network of regional school study councils that supports excellence, equity and continuous educational improvement. We are incredibly proud of Ava and Patty.”