Congratulations to eighth grade students, Anchal Bahel and Silas Turner, who 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 school and community.
Anchal Bahel was selected by Gold Team teachers for the 2019 CAS Scholar Leader Award. Anchal is an exceptional student, earning both academic and citizenship honors. Her leadership in and out of school make her exceedingly worthy of distinction. She hosts the morning student news program; plays both trumpet and baritone horn in the concert and jazz bands; is a peer tutor; is a member of the science and debate teams, the Leo Club, the FEM club, the climate club, and the student council; and serves as a student representative at PTSO meetings. Outside of school Anchal is a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and participated in the International Junior Bhangra Dance Competition in Canada this past May. She volunteers as both a math tutor and Tae Kwon Do instructor for elementary school children. This year Anchal was a finalist at the 71st CT Science Fair. Her project, Artificial Pancreas to Regular Blood Sugar Levels, won first place in Physical Sciences. She and her partner also won an invitation to compete in Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s premier science and engineering talent search competition.
Silas Turner was selected by Team Black teachers for the CAS Scholar Leader Award. Silas consistently exceeds our expectations in his care and approach to his learning. Silas is an enthusiastic learner, and he inspires his peers with his efforts. His creativity in his assignments is exemplary. He is a diligent student who takes great pride in his academic work. This year he has earned first honors and citizenship honors each marking period. He consistently shows our “Be AMITY” characteristics and is an excellent model of what it means to be Your Best Self! In addition to his strong academic skills, Silas is an active member of the community at Amity Middle School in Bethany. He is involved in the school climate committee, Fabulous Friends, the school spirit club, the school play, peer tutoring, and the games club. Silas is an inspiration to the school community with his enthusiasm, curiosity, and leadership.
Anchal and Silas truly exemplify the attributes reflected in this award. These students, their families, and staff representatives were recognized at the annual CAS Middle Level Scholar-Leader Banquet on Monday, June 3rd at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Left to right: Dr. Jennifer Byars, Superintendent; Anchal Bahel; Silas Turner; Dr. Richard Dellinger, Principal. Photograph by Barbara Cassesse