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3/23/2017 - March 21, 2017 : 2016-17 CAPSS/LCSA Superintendent Student Awards

Region 15 Students Receive CAPSS/LCSA Superintendent Student Awards

Regina Lemerich Botsford, Superintendent of Region 15 Schools, named six students as the recipients of the Litchfield County Superintendent’s Association and Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (LCSA/CAPSS) Superintendent Student Award for the 2016-17 school year. 

The following students were selected: Samantha Grayson and Drew Rosenheim from Memorial Middle School; Carley Markward and Ryan Kania from Rochambeau Middle School; and Jamie Leo and Jason Anderson from Pomperaug High School.

Students were selected for their demonstration of outstanding leadership, citizenship, academic performance, participation in community service and extra curricular activities, and they were recognized at the March 13, 3017 Board of Education meeting.

Memorial Middle School:

Samantha Grayson is an 8th grade student at Memorial Middle School, excelling as a leader, scholar and an athlete.  Her keen focus on academics has earned her High Academic Honors every marking term, and she is a member of both the Tri-M (Music Honor Society) and Spanish Honor clubs.  Samantha’s extracurricular involvement in school is extensive: she is a member of the Memorial band and chorus; captain of the soccer and basketball team; served as a new student orientation guide; and is a Student Government homeroom representative.  Outside of school, Samantha is involved with Girl Scouts and participates in many charitable activities through her church.

Drew Rosenhein is an 8th grade student at Memorial Middle School, and is recognized for his excellent work and achievements.  He has earned High Academic Honors for every marking quarter in middle school and is a member of the Estrellas Spanish honor club.  Drew is a member of the after school Math Counts Club, confirming his math interest and aptitude.   Drew is a positive influence at Memorial, volunteering as a Science lab technician, playing in both the Band and after school Jazz band, and as captain of the Memorial Cross Country team.

Rochambeau Middle School:

Carley Markward is an 8th grade student at Rochambeau Middle School in Southbury where she excels in academics, actively participates as a peer tutor , and is a member of the Rochambeau girls’ soccer team.  Carley has been recognized as an RMS Spotlight Student on multiple occasions for demonstrating dependability, respect and PRIDE.  Her leadership ability extends to the wider community where as a Girl Scout, she is working on a community service project to earn the prestigious Silver Award. 

Ryan Kania is an 8th grade student at Rochambeau Middle School in Southbury where he balances stellar academic achievements with participation in the Chamber Orchestra as a violinist and as a member of Tri-M the Music Honor Society.  Ryan is also a member of the RMS Boys Soccer team.  He has been recognized as a RMS Spotlight Student on multiple occasions for demonstrating integrity and respect.  His athletic ability extends to the wider community where he participates in a variety of 5K races to raise money for different organizations and charities.

Pomperaug High School:

Jamie Leo, a Pomperaug High School senior, challenges herself in high-level academic classes while immersing herself in the Pomperaug High School community.  In addition to her love for theater, Jamie devotes her time to raise awareness of social causes that are personally meaningful to her. She initiated “It’s On Us” Week of Action at PHS; a week of activities provided through advisory periods to help students understand the difference between healthy and non-healthy relationships.  Jamie also organized Cyber Bullying Week of Action; a week of activities to spread awareness of incidents of Cyber bullying and it’s affect on teens.

Jason Anderson, a member of the 2017 Senior Class at PHS, is the President of the National Honor Society, and the Spanish and Science Honor Societies.  He is President of the Interact Club and actively participates in the Investment Club.  Jason has been a 4-year member of the Varsity Swim Team, leading the team as Captain this past season.  Jason is the youngest person of his church community to become a Deacon.  He annually participates in Senior Pilgrim Fellowship (SPF) mission trips, is a member of the SPF Youth Group and is an active volunteer with the Southbury Food Bank.

Pictured (L-R): Jamie Leo, Jason Anderson, Drew Sutherland, Samantha Grayson, Carley Markward, and Ryan Kania.


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