Marlborough Schools Superintendent recognizes student award winners


Marlborough Schools Superintendent recognizes student award winners
Left to right, Katelyn Le, Courtney Sweeney and Heath Sainio, gather for a photo after being recognized by Superintendent Bergeron for their achievements. (Photo/Courtesy Carrick Rodgers)

MARLBOROUGH – A school superintendent has many duties. But acknowledging students who have excelled in one way or another is one of Superintendent Michael Bergeron’s favorite privileges. Recently he had the opportunity to do just that, honoring three Marlborough High School (MHS) students before the School Committee.

Bergeron spoke at an Oct. 26 School Committee meeting, specifically spotlighting Katelyn Le, Courtney Sweeney and Heath Sainio.

Katelyn Le receives National School Development Council award

Le was named as a recipient of the 2021 National School Development Council (NSDC) award. 

Le has been active in the National Honor Society and the National Business Honor Society. She also volunteers as a peer mentor. 

She was a founding member of the MHS Talk Club, providing students with an opportunity to share their stories of trial and success with their peers. 

“Peer Mentoring means a lot to me,” Le recently told the Community Advocate. “I remember being a ninth grader feeling lost and confused, looking for a comfort person. Now, [as] a senior, I have the capabilities to help other people.” 

“It takes a lot of understanding and time to realize we are all truly human, and in many ways insecure,” she continued. “Hopefully, MHS Talk Club can alleviate some of the stresses of high school.” 

Le is currently ranked number two in her class, has been named an AP Scholar by the College Board after successfully completing four Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and is taking three additional AP courses this year. To add to that, she is enrolled in two college level courses through Marlborough High School’s Early College Program and holds down a part-time job as a barista at Starbucks. 

She plans to pursue a college degree in either criminology or criminal justice and enjoys writing poetry and letters to her friends as a pastime. 

Courtney Sweeney receives National School Development Council award

The National School Development Council also named Sweeney as a recipient of their award. Sweeney is the secretary of the Business Professionals of America (BPA), and a member of both the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Honor Society. 

Ranked number one in her class, she has completed five AP classes, been recognized by the College Board as an AP Scholar and is taking four AP classes this year. She is also involved in the music program as the concertmaster for the orchestra, and is a distinguished athlete in both soccer and track and field. Sweeney worked as a referee for Marlborough Youth Soccer throughout the fall. 

Sweeney told the Community Advocate she plans to continue with some form of soccer in college. She’s not sure, though, whether she wants to participate in a club option or a full Division III, NCAA option. 

Sweeney is not sure which college she wants to attend, yet, but she’s hoping to end up somewhere in Boston.

“Overall…I just really want to enjoy everything that college, and Boston, has to offer,” she said.

She said she is “leaning towards some sort of communication degree,” but is keeping her options open by entering school undeclared.  

Heath Sainio receives Mass. Association of School Superintendents’ Award

As Sweeney and Le won School Development Council recognition, Superintendent Bergeron also recognized Sainio as a recipient of the 2021 Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ Award.

Sainio is the low brass section leader in the Marlborough High School Marching Band and is the first and only trombone in the Wind Ensemble.  

“Heath is a committed member of our music program,” Bergeron said.

Outside of music, Sainio has been involved in Marlborough robotics programs and is currently the school’s Robotics Club president. 

“I enjoy going to the tournaments and competing, since we do compete with other schools,” Sainio told the Community Advocate in regards to his robotics competitions.

Sainio also teaches a variety of martial arts, having been involved in the sport for eleven years. 

Sainio has successfully completed five AP courses and has been recognized by the College Board as an AP Scholar and is enrolled in three more AP classes this year. He is a distinguished member of the National Honor Society and continues to excel in advanced coursework in the music department. 

Currently leaning toward electrical engineering, Sainio is certain that he will pursue a degree in some aspect of engineering in college. 

“Congratulations to these students on their past, present and future accomplishments. They all have bright futures ahead of them,” Bergeron concluded in reference to Sweeney, Le and Sainio. 


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