Two Medway High School Students Recognized with Award for Academic Growth and Student Leadership in Learning
From left: Principal John Murray, Carter Pomponio, Connor Gilmore and Superintendent Armand Pires following the Medway School Committee meeting on Thursday, Nov. 18. (Photo courtesy Medway Public Schools)
Superintendent Armand Pires and Principal John Murray are pleased to announce that two Medway High School students were awarded the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) Award for Academic Growth and Student Leadership in Learning.
The award was given to seniors Connor Gilmore and Carter Pomponio in recognition of their academic achievements and accomplishments in their high school years. Both students met the award criteria of pursuing a high level of academic achievement, serving as a positive role model for the student body and exemplifying admirable character and accomplishment.
Gilmore and Pomponio were recognized at the Medway School Committee meeting on Thursday, Nov. 18.
“Connor and Carter have worked hard to learn and grow academically while at Medway High School and contribute positively to our community as student leaders in and out of the classroom,” Principal Murray said. “They exemplify the core values of our district and we are proud to recognize them for their achievements.”
Gilmore has taken a variety of AP courses and has held an internship with a local senator, along with working a part-time job. He has also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
He is a dedicated student-athlete, participating in soccer, indoor track and outdoor track and field. He is a team captain of the indoor and outdoor track teams. In August, Gilmore was selected to serve on the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) 2021-22 Student Advisory Committee (SAC) alongside 25 other student-athletes throughout the state.
Gilmore is described as humble, passionate and engaged, and someone who is the epitome of leadership in the classroom, demonstrates mutual respect and problem solving, maintains a level head and takes effective action.
Pomponio is recognized for his dynamic, mature and driven approach to life, school and beyond. He has taken many Advanced Placement and Honors classes and is a part of Project Lead the Way (PLTW). He received a second place project award from Mass STEM Hub in June.
He is a member of the National Honor Society and was elected by his peers to be president of the chapter. He is also a member of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentorship Program; Engineering Club; Science Olympiad; and Project Green. He is additionally a Peer Counselor and began developing leadership skills at an early age as a Boy Scout and Counselor in Training at a local Boy Scout Camp.
Pomponio has been an asset to the theater and music programs through his participation in school plays, musicals, acapella and his work in the high school’s sound booth. He is also a member of the JV Soccer team and captain of the Varsity Swim and Dive team.
Pomponio is described by his teachers as kind, well-mannered, polite and humble, and someone who has a strong willingness to help others, keen intellect and an innate drive to learn and improve.