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At the top of their game

Tantasqua students win Superintendent's Award

Michael Julian, left, and Jocelyn Hoye. (click for larger version)
January 09, 2011
STURBRIDGE — It takes more than outstanding grades to win the Tantasqua Regional and School Union 61 Superintendent's Scholar Award — it also requires students to display leadership and commitment to school involvement and community service.

On Tuesday, Jan. 4, Superintendent Daniel Durgin announced Tantasqua Regional High School seniors Michael Julian, of Brimfield, and Jocelyn Hoye, of Sturbridge, as his selections for the 2011 Superintendent's Scholarship Award.

"Michael and Jocelyn are two down-to-earth, well-rounded kids who are not only at the top of their class, but are also involved in many sports and activities," Durgin said.

Out of 282 seniors, Julian ranks first academically with a remarkable 4.96 grade point average, while Hoye's 4.89 GPA has earned her the second overall position. Most people assume that a GPA maxes out at the 4.0 peak, but Julian and Hoye are soaring far above the typical academic summit thanks to their successes in advanced placement courses, which carry higher credit values than typical courses.

In addition, both students have made tremendous accomplishments outside the classroom. Hoye served on the Student Council for four years, and was also a member of the National Honor Society and Math Team for two years. She was elected class vice president during her sophomore year and class president in her junior and senior campaigns. Moreover, she participated in the START Youth Leadership Training Program at Nichols College as a freshman, and committed four years of involvement to the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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