As seniors at Windham High cleaned out their lockers and prepared for the next chapter of their lives following graduation, members of the junior class were honored for their focus on academics during the 2020-2021 school year.
According to Phil Rossetti, Windham High School assistant principal, the Junior Book Awards are presented at the conclusion of each school year to top students in the junior class.
Rossetti said that each year a number of universities and colleges in America partner with secondary schools such as Windham High School to recognize exceptional high school juniors. Each Junior Book Award focuses on a specific area of academic achievement and excellence, such as service to the community, music and the arts, distinction for academics and community advocacy.
“The awards honor distinguished juniors at Windham High, giving them a chance to gain a wider look at the world they live in, and to connect outstanding students with schools of higher learning,” Rossetti said. “Collegiate Book Awards are given annually to top-achieving students in the junior class. Each college or university establishes rigorous criteria and seeks feedback from high school faculty and administration to identify the worthy recipient of each award.”
Each Junior Book Award recipient is presented with a book from the university or college sponsoring the award and is intended to foster the recipient’s continued willingness to grow and learn.
Here are this year’s Windham, High School 2021 Collegiate Book Award recipients:
Bowdoin College Book Award: ISABEL DIONNE. This award recognizes a junior who lives life with compassion and integrity, and who demonstrates extraordinary service to the common good and a commitment to the study of the environment.
Brandeis University Book Award for Social Action and Civic Engagement: ELIZA TRAFFORD. This award recognizes a junior in the top 15 percent of the class who demonstrates a commitment to civic engagement, community service, political activism, social justice and volunteer work.
Clarkson University Leadership and Achievement Awards: LAUREN DELUCA and ESTELLA INMAN. These awards are presented in recognition of outstanding leadership qualities and academic promise and are given to two juniors in the top 15 percent of their class with an academic interest in Engineering, Business, Science, or Liberal Arts. These awards include a renewable yearly scholarship.
Elmira College Key Awards: KYLIE DOTTAR and MATTHEW FOX. These awards are presented to two juniors who have maintained a 3.0 GPA in high school, and who demonstrate outstanding school and community leadership. These awards include a renewable yearly scholarship.
Harvard Club in Maine’s Harvard Prize Book Award: AUDREY DAY. This award recognizes an outstanding student in the junior class who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievements in other fields.
Maine College of Art Book Award: NOLA WALLACE. This award recognizes a junior who has produced outstanding visual artwork during their time in high school, as determined by the Art Department here at WHS.
Phi Beta Kappa Association of Maine’s Academic Achievement Award: AMY CROPPER. This award recognizes a junior who is going on to higher education and demonstrates intellectual curiosity and achievement in (and beyond) the classroom.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Rensselaer Medal Award: AUDREY DAY. This award goes to a junior in the top 10 percent of their class who has demonstrated academic excellence in advanced math and sciences courses while in high school, and who has exhibited significant involvement in extracurricular activities. It includes a renewable yearly scholarship.
Sage College’s Student Sage Awards: DESTINY POTTER, JANE TINSLEY and ELLIE WILSON. These awards go to three top juniors in the top 25 percent of their class who are actively involved in the community, able to balance numerous activities with enthusiasm and leadership, devoted to the improvement of the community’s well-being, and motivated to serve and inspire others to grow. The awards include a renewable yearly scholarship.
Saint Michael’s College Book Awards for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience: MONICA AGNETA and WILLIAM SEARWAY. These awards recognize two juniors who demonstrate a strong commitment to volunteerism and leadership both in their school and local communities, while also showing a sustained and sincere concern for social justice and the well-being of others. These awards include a renewable yearly scholarship.
Smith College Book Award: LILY OLDERSHAW. This award recognizes a junior girl in the top 10 percent of the class who demonstrates outstanding scholarship and community service. The recipient exemplifies academic achievement, leadership qualities, and concern for others.
Suffolk University Book Award: GRACIE HODGKINS. This award recognizes a junior who shows great dedication to learning in the classroom, as well as to their school community through extracurricular involvement and volunteer positions.
University of Maine Book Award: WILLIAM MCDONALD. This award recognizes a high achieving junior who has been a positive contributor to the school community, and who demonstrates a great interest in Engineering.
University of Rochester’s Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award: WILLIAM STEWART. This award recognizes a junior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and superior intellectual promise in the field of science. The recipient has been a positive contributor to the school and in the larger community. It includes a renewable yearly scholarship.
University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award: ROBERT LEDBETTER. This award recognizes a junior who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues. The recipient shows strong leadership and dedication to community action. It includes a renewable yearly scholarship.
University of Rochester’s George Eastman Young Leaders Award: CHLOE DESMOND. This award recognizes a junior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and leadership at school and in the community. The recipient has extensive involvement in extracurricular activities and has earned high grades in challenging courses throughout high school. It includes a renewable yearly scholarship.
University of Rochester’s Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology: JULIAN HOWARD. This award recognizes a junior who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the pursuit of innovative approaches, and an appreciation for the possibilities of technology. It includes a renewable yearly scholarship.
University of Southern Maine Book Awards: ELIZABETH MILLER and BRADLEY SMITH. This award recognizes the aspirations and achievements of two juniors who exemplify academic promise and humane understanding. The recipients are students who regard others with openness, consideration and goodwill, and who brighten the world around them.
Wellesley College Book Award: SARAH HARE. This award recognizes a junior girl who is an academic leader at our school and is a visible member within the school and local community. The recipient demonstrates intelligence, determination, motivation, and achievement across all aspects of life.
Wells College’s 21st Century Leadership Awards: CARLY MOREY and COLBY MIZNER. These awards recognize two juniors who have maintained a 3.0 GPA throughout high school, and who demonstrate leadership abilities through school and community activities. The awards include a renewable yearly scholarship.Williams College Book Award: ASHLEY BELL. This award recognizes a junior who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the school. <