Congratulations to eighth grade students, Ryan Hendrick and Isabella Barry-Ruiz, who are the recipients of this year’s Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendent (CAPSS) Awards. The award is based on community service, academic achievement, and leadership. This award will be presented at a ceremony held at the Amity Board of Education meeting on November 12, 2018.
The Gold Team is thrilled to recognize Ryan Hendrick as their CAPSS award winner. He is an exemplary recipient, as a leader in both the classroom and the community as a whole. Ryan has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for the past eight years and is currently working to complete the rank of Star. As a Boy Scout he participates in yearly food drives, the town-wide “Rid Litter Day,” and has supported leaf clean-ups at both the local church and the Bethany Library. This year he volunteered for a service project building trails with the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. This past Spring he spent multiple days trying to locate and catch animals lost in the tornado. In school Ryan is a member of both the cross-country and track teams. He is also a member of the Kindness Club, making dog toys for shelters and window hangings for nursing homes. Outside of school he participates in a golf league and is a black belt in Taekwondo.
Team Black selects Isabel Barry-Ruiz for the CAPSS award. This past summer Isabel traveled to Puerto Rico to volunteer for the organization, Para la Naturalesa (For the Nature). While in Puerto Rico Isabel helped plant trees that are native to the country, helped with garbage clean-up on the beach, and helped search for frogs that were an invasive species. Additionally, she spent her time working in a greenhouse to plant baby trees and on a farm to harvest food for the community in an environmentally sustainable manner. In school Isabel is a strong leader in the classroom. She is responsible, mature, and a strong peer role model. Isabel is a very conscientious student about her classwork and her overall approach to learning. When she is not volunteering and studying, she participates in the school’s cross-country and track teams. Outside of school Isabel participates in the community swim team. Isabel is inspiring in her approach to our community, our world, and her own learning.
Left to right: Dr. Richard Dellinger, Principal; Ryan Hendrick; Isabel Barry-Ruiz; Danielle Parillo, 8th Grade Counselor