2018-01-02 / Community / JT Beacon

WHS seniors earn award from National School Development Council

WELLS — Principal Eileen Sheehy of Wells High School has announced that seniors Olivia Durfee and Kylie Belanger are the recipients of the 2017 National School Development Council’s Award for Academic Growth and Student Leadership.  

Formed in 1969, the NSDC seeks to acknowledge the positive contributions students make to schools.

Recipients of this award exemplify admirable character and accomplishment.  

“Over the years here at Wells High School Olivia and Kylie have abundantly contributed to the culture of pride and service in our entire school community,” said Sheehy. "Their leadership comes naturally as they model commitment, compassion and citizenship. Their dedication to academics is commendable and their positive and enthusiastic presence is contagious.”

Other school administrators agreed.

“Olivia and Kylie are wonderful examples of the many positive ways students can influence a school,” added Wells High School Assistant Principal Gould.    

Durfee has been involved in numerous community service projects including volunteering at soup kitchens, and children's hospitals.

Individually, she has raised more than $3,000 while participating in the school’s annual "Shootin' for a Cure" breast cancer fundraiser. She is a three-sport student-athlete on the soccer, basketball and softball teams and is a member of the Interact Club, Student Council, FEMS in STEM, and National Honor Society. She's the daughter of James and Tracy Durfee.

Belanger has been a member of the basketball, soccer and Lacrosse teams plus involved in school plays and musicals. In addition, she was an inaugural member of the school’s “a Capella group.”

She holds leadership roles in National Honor Society, Interact club and Student Council and is a key member of the FEMS in STEM club, Philosophy club, as well as in her church’s youth group.

Belanger has participated in numerous community service opportunities including the annual “Shootin’ for a Cure” breast cancer fundraiser and Tour de Cure for Diabetes. She also volunteers her time with the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. She's the daughter of Lili and Todd Belanger.

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