On March 11, 2016 Amity Middle School in Orange honored two of its 8th graders, Caitlin Carlson and Josh Ford, at the annual SCASA (South Central Area Superintendents Association) Awards banquet at Cascade in Hamden, Connecticut. One eighth grade boy and one eighth grade girl are selected each year. The criteria for selection is based on community service and service to others, academic prowess (relative to ability), and leadership to the school community. Principal Kathleen Fuller-Cutler, Amity Region 5 Superintendent Dr. Charles Dumais, Mr. and Mrs. Carlson, and Mr. and Mrs. Ford attended the banquet with Caitlin and Josh. We are so very proud of their accomplishments.
Caitlin Carlson is an outstanding student and person who can be relied upon to show kindness and compassion for others. She is a leader and role model in her classes. Caitlin consistently maintains first honors and citizenship honors. Although Caitlin has a busy schedule with dance, she still finds the time to contribute to both her school and community. She plays in our school orchestra, offers help in our new student orientation program, and participated as a tour guide for sixth grade parent night. Caitlin is one of our finest peer tutors, and she shines as she currently helps seventh grade students improve their understanding of various subject areas. In addition, Caitlin still volunteers to help out with programs at her elementary school. Her devotion to school and community is to be commended. Teachers describe Caitlin as an “ambassador of happiness.” Her excitement about learning and eagerness to assist both teachers and students is evident in her daily attitude. Her smile and energy are contagious.
Josh Ford is an outstanding, well-rounded student in our school. He has consistently achieved both academic and citizenship honors. He also devotes his time to various extracurricular activities. Josh plays in the school’s band and jazz band. He takes part in a number of school sports teams including soccer, track, and cross-country. In addition to all these activities, Josh is an active participant in the school’s St. Baldrick’s program, a fundraiser for childhood cancer. He shaved his head and raised money for this worthy cause. He was helpful in the Kicks for Africa drive and contributed along with his team by raising money for the Children’s Center. He assists in our new student orientation program, he is a tour guide for sixth grade parent night, and he is a valued member of our Peer Tutoring team. Josh is able to lead his peers by example and is an excellent role model. His ability to lead quietly and give so much of himself are major strengths of this amazing young man.
Pictured (left to right: Caitlin Carlson, Kathleen Fuller-Cutler, and Josh Ford)