NESDEC Award Recipients

NESDEC Award Recipients
Posted on 11/21/2018

Jessica Krauss has increased the rigor of her coursework each year and has excelled in a range of College Prep, Honors, and AP classes. Outside of the classroom, Jessie is an impressive athlete, a leader of her class, and a contributing member of the community. She has been on the Winter and Spring Track teams throughout high school and is a fierce competitor on the the Varsity Soccer team each fall. For her senior year, she was chosen by her teammates to be one of the captains of the Varsity Soccer team, which is not only a reflection of her leadership skills but also her passion and tenacity for the sport that she loves, which is contagious with her teammates. Jessie is President of the Student Council Executive Board this year and she has held leadership positions in student council throughout high school. She is also President of the Peer Leaders Club, she has been a member of the Junior Leos community service club throughout high school, and she is a dedicated member of the Millis Chapter of the National Honor Society. She has participated in several community service activities through her membership in these clubs, but she has also sought ways to give back to her community on her own time, including mentoring and working as a spanish tutor for younger students. This year, Jessie is organizing a 5K in town to raise money for research for Frontotemporal Dementia. Jessie exemplifies admirable character and academic accomplishment and she undoubtedly serves as a positive role model for the entire student body. 

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Kweku Ashiagbor has increased the rigor of his coursework each year and has excelled in a range of College Prep, Honors, and AP classes. Outside of the classroom, Kweku has been a leader among his classmates and a contributing member of the community. Kweku has worked to influence important decisions for the entire student body as a representative on the Student Council Executive Board throughout high school, and he is currently the Co-President of the Class of 2019 Student Council. Last year, Kweku was one of the students chosen by teachers to be a student representative of the Game Change Program, where he was trained as a mentor in our Violence Prevention program through Northeastern University. Kweku would never miss an opportunity to give back, and he spends a great deal of his spare time volunteering, teaching, and mentoring younger students. He volunteers as a recreational basketball coach, he teaches drum lessons and piano lessons for younger kids, and he leads a youth group for his church, which requires him to lead meetings, organize group outings, and help out with a weekly clothing drive. Every weekday, Kweku works after school as an educational aide in the elementary extended day program. This past spring, Kweku was an easy selection for the Millis Chapter of the National Honor Society given his commitment to academics, his leadership skills, his exemplary character, and his commitment to the community. 

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Kweku and Jessica embody all of the qualities that make up the NESDEC award. Their accomplishments and contributions deserve special recognition as they have been exceptional students, leaders, and positive role models at Millis High School. 

 

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