Students of the Week – April 17, 2017

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.
It is with great pleasure that Otter Valley Union High School has selected Abigail Pinkowski as its Student of the Week. Abigail lives in Pittsford with her parents, Marty and Lori Pinkowski, and her younger sister, Leah.
“Otter Valley has made many of my achievements possible!” Abigail says. “Throughout high school I’ve taken advanced classes that challenge me and my knowledge and help me become a stronger student.”
Her hard work has paid off, with many appearances on both principal’s list and honor roll to her credit.
Abigail has been playing varsity soccer since her freshman year. She also plays lacrosse and has been elected captain for both soccer and lacrosse teams this year. She loves being a team player, and says being a leader and role model was one of the best opportunities she has had. Abigail is involved with other school activities as well, including student council and Otter Paws — a fundraising group that provides money and support for charitable organizations and local families in need. Through Otter Paws she has helped out at blood drives, bingo fundraisers and other events to raise money for breast cancer or children’s hospitals.
Outside of school, Abigail enjoys soccer, skiing, hiking, lacrosse, and time with friends and family. Throughout high school she also has done a lot of volunteer work at her church.
If she weren’t busy enough with all that, Abigail currently works at Sugar and Spice in Mendon.
High school has taught Abigail to plan ahead. Whether it’s for a test, a game, or anything else, she has learned to be prepared for anything that comes her way. Her advice to other students? Play every game like it’s your last, not only in sports but in everything you love to do.
Post-high school, Abigail plans to attend a four-year college and explore subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She also hopes to play soccer at the college level.
“Last year, I had the good fortune to have Abbie in my advanced anatomy class as well as the dual enrollment sports medicine class,” Advanced Anatomy teacher Michele Cioffredi said. “She stood out as one of the most capable, inquisitive and responsible students. She is the type of driven, engaging and curious student that helped make our classroom a lively environment and a safe place to take intellectual risks.”
The Otter Valley community wishes Abigail congratulations and good luck in all her future plans.
Mount Abraham Union High School is pleased to recognize Baxter Clements as its Student of the Week.
He is the son of Carolyn Hart of Bristol, and Tom Clements of Starksboro, and has two brothers, his twin Finn and older brother Fisher, who attends Castleton University. For most of his high school career, Baxter has been on the honor roll. He took American Studies, a college prep class, and chemistry, which he says a lot of people have trouble with.
In addition to his schoolwork, Baxter has been on the rowing team every year throughout high school. Baxter works for the Village Creemee Stand, where he has learned to work better as a team. He says it has also helped him be more polite to other people. In his spare time, Baxter loves to read and play video games.
In reflecting on his high school years, Baxter has this advice: “Make friends. They are your lifeline. If you need help they’ll be there, if you are stressed or frustrated you can always turn to your friends.”
Upon graduating, Baxter plans to go to college, where he will pursue a degree in cybersecurity.
Civics Teacher Al Zaccor is high on Baxter’s strengths.
“Baxter is a star contributor in our Civics class,” Zaccor said. “He is a great communicator with an insightful mind and a lively sense of curiosity. Baxter will do great things in the world!”
Baxter has also made a positive impression on math teacher Teri Fitzgerald.
“Baxter Clements is a mature, responsible, and intellectual young man,” Fitzgerald said. “Good manners, engagement in learning, attention to detail, and an amiable personality make it a pleasure to have Baxter in class! An independent thinker and responsible student, Baxter typically completes his work quickly and thoroughly. He asks great questions, offers insights, and pays very close attention to details — in fact, he is my best proof reader!
“Whether working individually or in a small group setting, Baxter remains calm and patient with himself and other learners,” she added. “He is engaged in the lessons and practice work and consistently shows mastery on his summative assessments.”
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.
With support from:
Addison County Economic Development Corporation
Barash Mediation
Business Telephone Systems
Champlain Valley Plumbing and Heating
Jackman Fuels Inc.
JW DE Ryan
Martin’s Hardware
Paige and Campbell Insurance
Peak View Eye Care
United Way of Addison County
Vermont Book Shop  

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