WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s School Committee Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced that Wilmington High School seniors Jesse Ding and Miriam Nelson have received the prestigious Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Academic Excellence Award.
Jesse Ding is an honors student who is the recipient of numerous academic awards and recognitions, including being inducted into the National Honor Society. She is an active member of the WHS community, participating in Academic Decathlon, DECA, Best Buddies, volleyball, and the Robotics Team. She serves in numerous leadership roles within the clubs she takes part in and is also the founder and president of the Math Club and Computer Science Club. Outside of school, she works part-time and is active in numerous community service endeavors. She is also fluent in Chinese and is proud of her heritage and takes the time to learn more about her family’s history and traditions. At this time Jesse is considering focusing her future studies in the areas of math and computer science.
Miriam Nelson has established herself as a respected member of the community through her extracurricular and academic achievements during her four years at WHS. She has earned a perfect score on every AP test she has taken, and was recognized for her outstanding performance on the PSATs by being named a National Merit Semifinalist in this nation-wide competition. Miriam’s drive and determination are evident in every endeavor she takes on, whether it be seeking out summer classes to expand the options for courses available to her, or her pursuit of an internship with a state representative to explore her passion for politics. As a member of the Color Guard, indoor and outdoor track teams, Model UN, and Strings Orchestra, Miriam’s enthusiasm and dedication have made her a valued teammate and contributor to the success of these organizations. During her tenure, she also spearheaded “Project Make Your Mark,” a program that encourages students to leave a creative contribution to the high school through ceiling tile art. Miriam hopes to attend a top university where she will study Economics.
Brand selected Ding and Nelson based on their academic achievements, including cumulative grade point average and class rank.
The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents sponsors this annual award at each Massachusetts Public High School.
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