Congratulations to eighth grade students, Thomas Livesay and Sana Pashankar, who were selected to receive this year’s Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Award. This award is presented each year to young men and women attending schools within CABE’s membership, who exhibit exemplary leadership qualities. Dr. Charles Dumais, Superintendent, presented the award at a ceremony held at the Amity Board of Education meeting on Monday May 11, 2015.
The Gold Team teachers proudly selected Thomas Livesay, who lives in Woodbridge, to receive the 2015 CABE Leadership Award. Thomas easily fulfills the criteria set out in this award. He actively participates in the Social Robotics Club, Band, Math Team, Peer Tutoring, Chamber Singers and Track. Academically, Thomas is placed in all advanced level classes and has carried an A+ average all through middle school. He takes an active role in the school beyond academics. He cares very much about his performance and that of others, whether in band, his classes or his extracurricular activities. He displays an exemplary level of empathy for others. He is first to step forward to help classmates succeed in school, while at the same time he does not fear taking academic risks for himself. Thomas represented Amity Middle School in the MathCounts competition at Yale University. He and his partner were also finalists at the 67th Annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, receiving a first place award in the category of Alternative/Renewable Energy. Thomas has also been accepted into the high school Science Research Program. Outside of school, Thomas studies piano, plays both tennis and golf, and is actively involved with the Boy Scouts. He is one of three scouts selected to be a patrol leader, helping to lead a troop of 37 scouts. Inside and outside of school, Thomas is kind, peaceful, positive, respectful, and thoughtful. Thomas is well respected by his peers and teachers alike. For all these qualities, in addition to his record of academic excellence, we select him to receive the CABE Award.
Sana Pashankar, who lives in Bethany, is proudly selected by Team Black teachers for the 2015 CABE Leadership Award. Sana is a very responsible, model student who is always willing to help her peers with patience and understanding. She consistently displays superior class participation and effort on her class assignments. Other students will often seek Sana out as a collaborator on group projects, which demonstrates her strong work ethic and ability to work well with her peers. During class discussions, Sana shows maturity of thought, while consistently demonstrating a humble demeanor. She maintains a positive attitude and treats her teachers and peers with the utmost respect. Sana is currently placed in all advanced level classes and maintains an “A+” average. In school, Sana is a member of the Cross Country Team, and she plays saxophone in the school band. While Sana is an outstanding student in her own right, it is in her advocacy for others that she truly shines. She has volunteered at a soup kitchen and sponsored a lemonade stand from which the proceeds were sent to support children in India. Outside of school, Sana pursues piano instruction and has been doing so for many years at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. She is also an avid and dedicated member of the Jewish Community Center Swim Team, practicing three evenings a week. Sana has also been involved with both Yale Sprout and Yale Splash and attends language class at the Marathi School. Team Black considers Sana the ideal student leader.
Pictured from left to right: Superintendent, Dr. Charles Dumais, Sana Pashankar, Thomas Livesay, Principal AMSB, Dr. Richard Dellinger