Students of the Week – April 13, 2015

The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
Middlebury Union High School takes pride in recognizing Connor Quinn as its student of the week. Connor lives in Middlebury with his parents, Erin and Pam Quinn. His sister, Hannah, is a junior at Middlebury College.
While local sports fans are most likely familiar with Connor’s stellar athletic credentials, his achievements elsewhere are probably less well known. They should be no longer, for Connor consistently has matched his athletic prowess with academic achievement. He has earned High Honors throughout high school. He was a UVM math contest winner in 11th grade and was nominated this year for a Presidential Scholars Award. Connor has taken or is currently enrolled in AP Calculus, English, Environmental Studies, Spanish, Statistics and U.S. History.
Connor is a leader recognized and chosen both by his peers and the MUHS staff. He was selected for the Vermont Youth Leadership Conference in 11th grade and is presently a Peer Leader. Last year and this, Connor was a key player on the MUHS state championship football teams. He was a captain this year and captained varsity basketball as well.
Connor has been on varsity lacrosse since freshman year, and he scored the team’s first goal of this season in what promises to be another strong year for MUHS. His passion for the sport has led him to do service play and work with impoverished Latin American children through the Lacrosse the Nations program. As part of a gap year before college, Connor will be returning with the same program for six months next year. He also volunteers locally as a youth lacrosse coach and has been a Relay for Life team captain.
Connor’s advice to other students is “Worry less, enjoy more.” That coupled with his enjoyment of the outdoors and travel seems totally appropriate for Connor’s time between high school and college. In 2016 it will be back to the books — this time at the institution across town.
Congratulations, Connor! We look forward to perhaps seeing you — morphed from tiger to panther — prowling the college fields, and wish you continued success in all your endeavors at Middlebury.
Vergennes Union High School is pleased to recognize Lucas Paquin as its Student of the Week. Lucas lives in Waltham with his mom and stepfather, Dennis and Jeanne Senesac, and in Ferrisburgh with his dad, Paul Paquin. His siblings are Nick Paquin, Harrison Senesac, Hayden Senesac and Hilary Senesac.
Lucas has made honors or high honors every semester. He was inducted into the National Honor Society. He has also earned various underclassmen awards in science, math, and social studies. As a junior Lucas earned the Clarkson University High School Leadership Award, and was chosen to attend Green Mountain Boy’s State. Last year he was accepted to the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) program at Vermont Technical College. It is a dual enrollment program where he is finishing his senior year of high school while also earning college credits. This year, he made dean’s list there.
Lucas is a varsity athlete in soccer, baseball (2012 Division II state champions) and basketball. He attended VPA’s Student Athlete Leadership Conference. He has participated on the VUHS Math Team. He has tutored fellow students in science, math, and social studies. Lucas was also a member of the Student Council. Lucas volunteers for events like Green up Day and Vergennes Day. He helps make meals for elderly community members once a month with St. Peter’s Youth Ministry program. Outside of school Lucas has worked at the Old Lantern in Charlotte as a cook, dishwasher, buffet server and landscaper.
Lucas’ advice for other students: “High school is what you make of it. Participate in as many things as you can. Put yourself out there. Play sports, join clubs, and volunteer. Get to know different people.” Cookie Steponaitis, a social studies teacher at VUHS, said, “Luke Paquin is a great example of a teen who exemplifies the Five Guidelines. Luke is a leader in school, as a member of a sports team and as a community member. He listens to others and works with groups to achieve goals. His community service is substantial and helps to improve life in our small town.”
Following graduation from VUHS, Lucas plans to attend college and earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. The faculty, staff and students of VUHS wish Lucas the very best in the future.
Otter Valley Students of the week receive a gift certificate from the Book & Leaf Bookstore. Mt. Abe Students of the Week receive a free pizza from Cubbers. Vergennes Students of the Week receive a free sandwich and drink from 3 Squares Cafe. Middlebury Students of the Week receive a free pizza from Green Peppers. Students of the Week from all area high schools will receive a gift certificate from Vermont Book Shop.
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