Kabir Khwaja and Claire Yuan were selected to receive this year’s “Scholar-Leaders Award” sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS). This award program is designed to recognize one boy and one girl from each middle level school in Connecticut, who has distinguished herself/himself in scholarship and leadership in the school and community.
Team Black selected Kabir Khwaja for the CAS Scholar Leader Award. Kabir demonstrates an above average commitment to his academics. He excels in the advanced level classes, and is taking Geometry this year in the 8th grade while still maintaining a strong A to A+ average in all of his classes. In the classroom, Kabir is a consistent role model for his peers. His quiet diligence sets the tone for the class, and he readily provides a thoughtful comment during class discussions. Kabir is very detail oriented, intuitive, and has strong logical reasoning skills. He is very involved in the school community, participating in the Debate Club, Social Robotics, the Math Club, and the Science Club. Kabir is also an athlete who competes on the school teams for Track and Field and Cross Country, as well as practices Tae Kwon Do outside of the school. Kabir is a gifted performer on the trumpet and cello, and in school, he participates in Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra. Outside of school, Kabir excels at the cello and performs with the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, and has participated in Southern Regional Orchestra. Kabir is a well-rounded student who contributes through his own example to his school and local community.
Claire Yuan is the Gold Team’s recipient of the CAS Scholar Leader Award. Claire is a remarkable student who exemplifies all the qualities of a scholar and a leader. She is a sincere young woman and a high-achieving student. She is articulate, a competitive athlete, and an accomplished musician. Claire is a straight-A student whose cumulative numerical average in advanced academic classes exceeds 99%. Claire scored silver pin in the Math Olympiad Competition and is a member of our Social Robotics and Engineering program. She, along with her partner, won multiple awards at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair for their presentation on using flocculation to extract chromium 6 from water. Clare is a distinguished flute player, participating in the AMSB school band and Connecticut Music Education Association Southern Regional Festival in both 7th and 8th grade. Additionally, she runs cross country and swims competitively. Claire is a curious, gifted and determined individual who is the epitome of a scholar-leader.
Kabir and Claire truly exemplify the attributes reflected in this award. Students, their families, and staff representatives were recognized at the annual CAS Middle Level Scholar-Leader Banquet on June 4, 2017 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Left to right: Dr. Charles Dumais, Superintendent, Clair Yuan, Kabir Khwaja, Dr. Richard Dellinger, Principal