Sarah Milner and John Dill 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.
Sarah Milner lives in Woodbridge and is on Team Black. In the classroom, Sarah is an exceptional student. She maintains high honors in each of her academic subjects. She serves as a positive leader by assisting and advocating for her peers. Sarah displays a strong work ethic and often acts as a spokesperson for more reserved students. She always shows enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity in her endeavors. In her academic work, Sarah consistently develops products that far exceed the expectations of her grade level and which serve as exemplars for other students to learn from. She is a true role model for all students. While at Amity Middle School, Sarah has been actively involved in our Best Buddies program. She has raised hundreds of dollars for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, and this fall Sarah was invited to ride in the convertible. Sarah insisted that her Best Buddy ride with her! Continuing her humanitarian endeavors, Sarah is also involved in the Pink Aid Organization supporting the fight against Breast Cancer. Since she was 11 years old and for her bat mitzvah project, Sarah has chosen to donate to this special cause instead of receiving any gifts for herself. Outside of school, Sarah participates in dance, performing in jazz, ballet, lyrical, and modern, often working with younger students to help them learn the ropes. Sarah also volunteers her time at her temple, working with pre-school aged students with Hebrew School.
John Dill lives in Bethany and is the Gold Team’s recipient of the CAS Scholar Leader Award. John transferred to Amity as a new student in eighth grade. Besides making a smooth transition to our school, he exemplified himself immediately as a sincere young man, a high achieving student, an articulate class contributor, a competitive athlete, and an accomplished musician. Academically, John is an honors student in advanced courses and in accelerated Geometry. He is driven to excel and has proven this in all of his academic classes. John has impressed his teachers with his commitment to learning, his high regard for his school, teachers and classmates, and his sincere curiosity. John has been an asset to our school and is involved in various extracurricular activities. He was a member of our cross country team in the fall, where he led by example, consistently being the top runner for the AMSB team. In addition, he later recorded the fastest time in the school-wide mile run competition. John is currently a leader on AMSB’s Track Team both in the mile run and the relay team. He also was voted Most Athletic by his classmates in the eighth grade. John continues to display good sportsmanship and teamwork on the various teams that he is on in the community. John’s basketball team won this year’s Woodbridge Recreation Basketball League championship and he competes as a member of the Amity Youth Wrestling team. In addition to his achievements in the classroom and on the playing field, John plays tenor sax in Concert Band and Jazz Band and assists Woodbridge Youth Services as a volunteer.
Students, their families, and staff representatives were recognized at the annual CAS Middle Level Scholar-Leader Banquet on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Pictured from left to right: Sarah Milner, Dr. Richard Dellinger, principal, John Dill