Congratulations to eighth grade students, Laurella (Ella) Marin and Tanner Santos, who are the recipients of this year’s Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendent (CAPSS) Award. The award is based on community service, academic achievement, and leadership. Dr. Charles Dumais, Superintendent, presented the award at a ceremony held at the Amity Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 9, 2015.
Laurella (Ella) Marin lives in Woodbridge. She is a responsible and enthusiastic student who continually exhibits maturity and determination in all of her academic classes. Ella is an insightful student who displays sensitivity towards her classmates. She acts as a role model for her peers, is helpful towards other students, and emerges as a leader both in and out of the classroom. She likes to stay fit and active as a member of the cross country, track, and basketball teams. Entertaining us from the Amity stage, Ella participates in the General Band and the special Jazz Band. She is also a member of the Best Buddies club. Not letting her interest in literature take a back seat, Ella also spends her time in the Page Turners club. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, writing, and playing Premier Soccer.
Tanner Santos lives in Bethany. He excels academically, earning first honors in each marking period of 7th grade in advanced level courses. In addition to his achievements in the classroom, Tanner is also a leader in athletics not only here at AMSB but also in the greater Amity Community. Tanner is a member of both the AMSB basketball and baseball teams and is a key player on the local Amity Travel Basketball Team, Bethwood Baseball’s Travel All-Star Team and “The Grind” Travel Baseball Club. According to his teachers and the adults who know him, it is Tanner’s character that most justifies why he is receiving this prestigious recognition. His pleasant disposition, genuine and natural enthusiasm, spirit of helpfulness, and his leadership by example are all areas in which Tanner consistently distinguishes himself.
Left to right: Dr. Charles Dumais, Superintendent, Laurella Marin, Tanner Santos, Dr. Richard Dellinger, Principal