Congratulations to eighth grade students Allison Fischman and Brian Cromwell 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.
The Gold Team teachers proudly selected Allison Fischman, who lives in Woodbridge, to receive the 2015 CAS Scholar Leader Award. In her two years at Amity Middle School, Alli has shown outstanding academic scholarship by carrying an A+ average in all classes. Alli has participated in Advanced Band and Jazz Band both years at the school and qualified for the Southern Connecticut Music Regionals. She is a member of the Cross Country Team and has been a peer tutor since the beginning of 8th grade. Additionally, she is a member of the Social Robotics Club and was chosen as a finalist for her project “BabyBot: Creating a Robot to Soothe a Crying Infant.” She and her partners received numerous awards for this project, including the Meyerand Young Woman Scientist Award. Outside of school, Alli pursues her interests in science by attending the Pathways program at Yale University. She has earned a second degree black belt in Taekwondo and participates in competitions as a member of the Demonstration Team. She assists the lower taekwondo classes as an instructor and works at its summer camp. Also in summer, Alli acts as an assistant instructor at the Beecher Food Network class, part of the Elementary School Summer Enrichment Program. Alli serves her religious community as well, volunteering at the B’nai Jacob Religious School as often as she can.
The Team Black teachers proudly selected Brian Cromwell, who lives in Woodbridge, to receive the 2015 CAS Scholar-Leader Award. In the classroom, Brian is an exceptional student. He maintains an A average in each of his academic subjects. He is one of four current 8th grade students who are taking the 9th grade Geometry course. He serves as a positive leader by assisting and advocating for his peers. Brian displays a strong work ethic and often acts as a spokesperson for more reserved students. He always shows enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity in his endeavors. In his academic work, Brian consistently develops products that far exceed the expectations of his grade level and which serve as exemplars for other students to learn from. He is a true role model for all students. While at Amity Middle School, Brian has been actively involved in both the Choir and Chamber Singers. He continues to entertain and charm us with solos at each concert, sharing his considerable talent and beautiful voice. Displaying his athletic prowess, Brian has represented Amity on both the basketball and baseball teams. Outside of school, and in addition to his myriad school activities, Brian also participates in voice lessons and piano lessons, local baseball and football teams, as well as the AAU basketball team. He is also an active soloist in his grandfather’s church choir.
Allison and Brian truly exemplify the attributes reflected in this award. Students, their families, and staff representatives were recognized at the annual CAS Middle Level Scholar-Leader Banquet on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Pictured (left to right): Danielle Parillo, Guidance Counselor, Allison Fischman, Brian Cromwell, Richard Dellinger, Principal