Wilmington’s Mindy Duggan & Samantha Marzi Receive Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award

WILMINGTON, MA — At this week’s Wilmington School Committee, WHS seniors Mindy Duggan and Samantha Marzi received the 2018-2019 Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award.

“The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents sponsors this award on an annual basis in each Massachusetts Public High School,” explained Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand. “The award is given to senior high school students who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of excellence during their high school careers. Selection is based on three-year cumulative average, rank in class, and personal selection by the Superintendent.”

Brand then detailed the qualifications of both Duggan and Marzi.

“Mindy Duggan is an outstanding student who strives to serve her school and community. Mindy is known for being conscientious and eager in her studies; her hard work has earned her a reputation as one of the top performing students in the Class of 2019,” said Brand. “In addition to excelling academically, Mindy’s passion for helping others has been a hallmark of her high school experience.”

“Mindy is the President of Best Buddies Club, and has volunteered with Speical Olympics, Beyond TOPS, and Tiny Tots,” continued Brand. “Mindy’s interest in helping others also shines in her work experience; she works part-time at a daycare and as a caretaker for a young boy with disabilities. And if she still has a spare moment, Mindy also enjoys her time in the Art Club, Strings, and 9/11 Memorial Committee. She also currently serves as the Vice President of National Honor Society, and has been a Class Officer for several years.”

“Samantha Marzi is an exceptional student and active member of Wilmington High School’s Class of 2019. She possesses a genuine zeal for learning and her success in some of our most rigorous Honors and AP courses has set her apart from her peers,” said Brand. “Her passion for arts has made her an invaluable presence throughout the creative community at WHS. Samantha can often be found running spotlights or assisting the tech crew for the latest drama production, helping to organize the annual Art Show, or participating in the Wildcat Band.”

“Samantha’s organizational and interpersonal skills, along with the dedication and commitment, has led to her appointment to multiple roles [within the marching band], such as Drum Major, “Big Sister” for incoming members, Band Librarian, and the flute Section Leader,” added Brand. “Samantha is the Treasurer for her class and the Sign Language Club, participates in several clubs such as Science Club and Math League, and is a longstanding member of Best Buddies. She also enjoys working with children through her job at Wilmington’s after school program, as a volunteer at summer camp for 4-8 year-olds, and a CCD teacher at her church.”

Both Duggan and Marzi, with their parents, were present at the meeting to receive their awards.

MASS Award Winners
Samantha Marzi, Dr. Glenn Brand, Mindy Duggan

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