The following was provided by Debi Albaitis, executive assistant for Southington schools.
Jonathan LaFollette, a senior at Southington High School, and DePaolo Middle School eighth-grader Catherine Myers have been selected as the 2012-2013 recipients of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Recognition Award.
The award was given to the two Southington students for excellence in leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability and service to others in the community.
A special luncheon has been planned by the Farmington Valley Superintendents’ Association for Friday, Nov. 30, at the Farmington Country Club, 806 Farmington Ave. in Farmington.
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This program was designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served their schools and communities while maintaining exceptional progress.
School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. released the following about LaFollette:
Jonathan is a highly intelligent, tenacious, responsible, self-confident and compassionate young man. He has demonstrated the highest levels of excellence in every facet of ability, potential and performance.
Jonathan receives our enthusiastic endorsement for his outstanding achievement at Southington High School. In fact, he has exceeded all expectations and has distinguished himself as a student of excellence and integrity. Jonathan is ranked third in his senior class with an impressive 106.73 GPA in a most demanding academic curriculum that has included 6 AP courses and 10 honor courses.
Besides being a very active and dedicated student, Jonathan has had tremendous involvement in Project Lead the Way, First Robotics, SHS Math Team, Future Business Leaders of America, French Honor Society, and WISE. In addition, he has completed numerous service activities and earned a third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.
Of importance, Jonathan has served as President and Vice President of FBLA, Co-captain of the Math Team and has been recognized for many awards and achievements including: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medalist, Harvard Club of Southern CT Book Award, Math Team MVP, Engineering Excellence and Industrial Design awards in Robotics, FBLA Outstanding Member, CAPT Scholar and first place in Business Mathematics and Technology Concepts in FBLA conferences.
In conclusion, Jonathan is a fine young man with impeccable character and integrity who has represented the Southington Public Schools outstandingly in local, state and regional events.
Jonathan is the son of Keith and Min Suk La Follette.
Erardi also released the following in regard to Myers:
Catherine Myers is an outstanding student for the CAPSS Student Award Recognition Program.
She without a doubt meets the criteria for this prestigious award. Catherine is friendly, personable, mature and truly a conscientious and enthusiastic student. Catherine has consistently maintained her academic standing by earning “High Honors” throughout her three years in middle school.
In addition, Catherine was also recognized in sixth grade as a DePaolo “Student of the Month” and was inducted as a member of the National Junior Honor Society (this year she is the President).
Catherine has been actively involved in chorus and concert choir as well as DePaolo’s Leadership Program since sixth grade. Additionally she is an active athlete at DePaolo, running on our cross country team since sixth grade. She is a Peer Advocate and member of the drama club.
Outside of school Catherine is actively involved with the “Giving Back Girls,” which is a charitable organization. She is very active in Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) as a member of the Youth Council and has volunteered her time at “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” raising money for pediatric cancer research. Furthermore, she plays soccer and softball for the town.
Catherine is the daughter of John and Moira Myers.
CAPSS, the statewide school superintendents’ professional organization is based in West Hartford and provides professional development, personal support, statewide conferences, legislative information and educational services to its members.
The Southington Board of Education will be recognizing Jonathan and Catherine at the Dec. 13 in the Board of Education meeting to be held at the Municipal Center, Public Assembly Room, 200 N. Main St. at 7 p.m.
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