On Monday, March 15, 2021, the Woodbridge Board of Education was pleased to recognize the first of this year’s recipients of the South Central Area Superintendents’ Association (SCASA) Student Recognition Award.
Each year, each local Superintendent is able to honor a small number of sixth-grade students who have gone above and beyond in three categories: First, community service and service to others; Second, academic prowess; and Third, leadership to the school community. This year, over three-dozen nominations of Beecher sixth-graders were received, and the selection committee faced a significant challenge. However, this year’s final award recipients rose to the top, and are being recognized at this spring’s Board of Education meetings.
On March 15, the first of this year’s recipients – Grace Millard – was recognized for several significant accomplishments. Grace started her own class newspaper almost two and half years ago. Its mission? To encourage creativity, confidence, community, and an open forum for peers to express and share ideas. Many of Grace’s classmates have contributed a diverse range of articles, from humorous stories of “talking animals,” to serious topics regarding national and political issues, to education columns such as “Taxes in Connecticut.” Grace has many passions – history, global culture, climate change and social issues, just to name a few. She believes that God put her here in this world to leave it better than she found it. Since she wants to make the world a better place, she tries to do all that she can to build a better community in little ways: for example, co-leading a girls’ church group for people her age to come together in Christ, or giving her all to be a role model for younger people like her little brother, or volunteering, whether that be in class or at the nursery ministry.
Grace attended the March 15 Board of Education meeting with her parents, Robert and Hun Millard, leading the Pledge of Allegiance and thanking the Beecher Road School for the great foundation it has given her.
Lynn Piascyk, Woodbridge Board of Education Chair; Analisa Sherman, Beecher Road School Principal; Robert Millard; Grace Millard; Hun Millard; Lor Ferrante Fernandes, Woodbridge Board of Education Member; Jonathan S. Budd, Ph.D., Superintendent of Woodbridge School District.