Congratulations to eighth grade students, Aadya Wijesekera and Jay Thomas, who were selected to receive this year’s Superintendent’s Award sponsored by the South Central Area Superintendent’s Association (SCASA). This award is based on academic success, leadership to the school community, community service, and service to others.
Team Black at Amity Middle School in Bethany proudly selected Jay Thomas for the SCASA Student Recognition Award. Jay is a diligent student and a strong role model in his classes. He consistently participates in class discussions and demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning. Jay has been in Fabulous Friends for the past two years. He is an excellent role model and helps to be inclusive to all students in the program. Additionally, Jay was selected for Character of the Quarter in both 7th and 8th grade for being Accountable. He also participated in the ADL Bystander to Ally student training in 7th grade. Jay has received citizenship honors at Amity Middle School in Bethany for every marking period. Jay supports his peers when they are facing challenges; and he is an ally for those who have peer difficulties, multiple times standing up for friends and even those he does not know well. Jay has joined the school Climate Committee and is a thoughtful participant by voicing concerns regarding the school climate and offering insightful suggestions.
The Gold Team at Amity Middle School in Bethany is thrilled to recognize Aadya Wijesekera for the 2019 SCASA Student Recognition Award. Aadya manifests many amazing qualities. As a student she excels in her studies, consistently earning first honors and citizenship honors. This year as part of the Social Robotics Program she worked hard to develop a robot capable of analyzing the pH of coral reefs. Beyond her school work she always looks for ways to improve the world. She led an effort to provide toys to children in the Dominican Republic who were undergoing scoliosis surgery. She also brings her volunteer efforts to her own community. She is Amity Middle School in Bethany. As a competitive tennis player, she has volunteered for the past three years at the Connecticut Open Tennis Tournament. Aadya exhibits qualities of a bright and promising student, deeply caring and committed volunteer, and a remarkable athlete.
Students and their families were recognized at a special luncheon ceremony at Anthony’s Ocean View on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 12:00 noon-2:30 p.m.
Left to right: Dr. Jennifer Byars, Superintendent; Aadya Wijesekera; Jay Thomas; Dr. Richard Dellinger, Principal. Photographer: Barbara Cassesse