6 Plymouth students recognized by superintendent

Published on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:19


PLYMOUTH - Six local students have been chosen for this year’s Litchfield County Superintendents Awards.

Every year the principals, working with their staffs, identify students who are given the privilege of being named a Litchfield County Superintendent Award winner, said Superintendent Martin Semmel.

“It’s a leadership type award, but it’s much more than that, we’ve got very well rounded kids,” he said, before having the principals introduce them to the Board of Education.

Fisher Elementary School Principal Phyllis Worhunsky introduced fifth grader Zoey Chapulis, who she described as a hard working student “who displays integrity at all times.”

“She is a great team leader who listens to the opinions of everyone in her group, and she goes above and beyond to help others,” Worhunsky said. “For example, Zoey volunteers with our speech pathologist as a peer tutor for students in first grade.”

Zoey is interested in becoming a lawyer, enjoys swimming in the ocean, playing softball and doing gymnastics, Worhunsky continued. “She stated that she loves to be at Fisher Elementary School because it’s a caring place where the teachers are helpful and the building is clean and safe.”

Halle Strobel is a fifth grader at Plymouth Center Elementary School “whose personal strengths are as impressive as her intellectual accomplishments,” said Principal Chrystal Collins.

“She is an active, outgoing presence in class, and her caring nature and personality allow her to work well with others,” Collins said. “Outside of school Halle is dedicated to her gymnastics pursuits. She loves to compete and spend time with her family. She is an insightful and deeply self aware individual, driven to explore her academic and extracurricular activities, while maintaining a positive attitude.”

Halle also has some chronic conditions but most people would never know it because she doesn’t let them interfere with her day to day living, Collins added.

Eli Terry Jr. Middle School Principal Angela Suffridge introduced eighth graders Kaitlin DeForest and Nicholas Fusco.

“Katy is an outgoing, energetic, and passionate young lady,” she said. “She is involved in community service, she is an active member of our Kids in the Middle, she collects donations for the Salvation Army, and volunteers at the local food pantry.”

“When she isn’t volunteering you are going to find her running on a trail or competing on the court or the field, as she participates in cross country, basketball and softball. Katy has maintained honor roll status throughout the last three years, and she plans to pursue a career in engineering,” Suffridge said.

Nick is a “calm, friendly, and compassionate young man,” who has also been on the honor roll for three years, she said. “He participates in cross country, basketball and baseball. He is a leader on and off the court. He has participated in our teacher hiring committees, Students on Site team, and presented at sixth grade orientations.”

“In his free time he enjoys snowboarding and running, and Nick hopes to pursue a career in business,” she added.

Terryville High School Principal Michael Hults introduced senior Dominique Picard, who he said plays saxophone and is a section leader in the Terryville High School band, and has played softball for all four years.

She is a Fresh Start mentor and a Leo Club member, who is very involved with community service through her church. She is planning on going to Arizona State University, to major in nursing, which she has had some experience with through her internship at Bristol Hospital, Hults said.

“She has been an intern in our guidance department this year, and people say things like ‘she is highly committed, just dynamic, and more responsible and mature than many kids her age,’” he said.

Semmel invited Chris Perkins, THS School to Career coordinator, to introduce the final student, Hunter Lumbard, whom Perkins has mentored for the last four years.

Hunter is in the Leo Club, works with the school video and tech crew, and is involved with the community, holds down a job, and does well in school, Perkins said.

From freshman year to today, he has personally grown so much “I can’t say enough positive things” about him, Perkins continued. “Hunter is exactly what we’re looking for in our future, someone who is willing to grow and learn but also to pass it on to somebody else so that it spreads and grows.”

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or scorica@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:19. Updated: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:22.