MEDWAY — Medway Middle School Principal Craig Juelis and the Medway School Committee are pleased to announce that the committee recognized five students last night for their accomplishments throughout the school year.
At the Medway School Committee meeting on Thursday night, April 11, eighth graders Lile Simmons, Mia Hsieh, Isabelle Basso, and seventh graders Alexandra Montana and Sinead Bergeron were all given an Award of Excellence certificate and were recognized by the committee members for their work.
“We were thrilled to be able to honor these outstanding students for their great work, both in and out of school,” Medway School Committee Chair Diane Borgatti said. “Each one of them is a shining example of the type of education our students receive at Medway Public Schools and it was a pleasure to host the kids at our meeting last night, along with their families and Principal Juelis.”
Simmons was nominated as the school’s Project 351 Ambassador by the 8th grade teachers. This year’s Project 351 community service project was a Cradles to Crayons clothing drive to gather clothing for children in need. Simmons organized the drive at Medway Middle School and, with the help of her friends, successfully publicized the drive throughout the school.
Simmons is also involved in community service projects outside of school, helping to care for seeing eye dogs.
Hsieh organized a fundraiser for Type 1 diabetes research for the second year in row.
This year’s fundraiser was a March Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament for students. Hsieh and her supporters organized the tournament into two brackets (Grades 5-6 and Grades 7-8), as well as recruited students to help sell concessions and referee each game. A total of 26 teams signed up to compete in this year’s tournament. About $700 was raised with the proceeds going to JDRF, a diabetes research organization.
Hsieh has worked with School Nurse Colleen Langille on educating students about Type 1 diabetes by providing information on bulletin boards around the middle school.
In addition, last year she organized a bake sale at the school.
Montana earned first place at this year’s science fair with her project entitled: The Meaning of Meow: How Cats Communicate.
Bergeron tied for second place in the science fair for her project entitled: If You Build It, Will It Fly?
Basso’s science fair project tied for second place with her project called, Can the Brain Feel Pain?
Students who participated in the Science Fair worked with advisor and 8th Grade science teacher Larry Brown to identify a topic of interest and pursue either a research or experimental project. Over the ensuing 10 weeks, they continued to meet to conduct research and gain advice from Brown in order to compete their projects. The Science Fair was held on Jan. 24 and the students’ projects were judged with Montana, Bergeron and Basso receiving top honors.
“What a nice evening for these hard-working students to be recognized and honored by the school committee,” Principal Juelis said. “These five students represent just a small sample of the amazing work being done by our students at Medway Middle School each and every day.”