2017-02-02 / Neighbors

Biddeford High School identifies, honors students


Biddeford High School Junior Katlyn Brooks was named the overall Tiger PRIDE Award recipient joining ranks with the Biddeford Education Foundation’s Pillars of Pride recipients Roland Eon and Jim Godbout. (Courtesy photo) Biddeford High School Junior Katlyn Brooks was named the overall Tiger PRIDE Award recipient joining ranks with the Biddeford Education Foundation’s Pillars of Pride recipients Roland Eon and Jim Godbout. (Courtesy photo) Biddeford High School held its first Tiger PRIDE Ceremony in which students were honored for upholding the values of “Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dependability and Empathy.” Thirty-nine students were nominated by their teachers for each category with a student from each category being named the overall recipient. Of all the students nominated, BHS Junior Katlyn Brooks was chosen as the overall Tiger PRIDE recipient for exemplifying excellence in all five categories.

Biddeford Education Foundation’s Pillars of Pride recipients Roland Eon, a 1970 graduate, and Jim Godbout addressed the students during the ceremony.

“I often talk about preparing our youth for the soft skills they will need in our future, specifically the workforce,” Godbout said. “Businesses are seeking employees who are hard-working, respectful, insightful, honest, thoughtful and dependable team players. It is clear that the students here this evening are on the right path.”

Award nominees included, for perseverance: Austin Barnes- Waggoner, Morganne Bragdon, Katlyn Brooks, Chantel Gagnon, Victoria Lambert, Zoe LeComte, Pat Martin, Lina Nguyen, Kara Williams and Hailey Woodman; respect: Andrew Curtiss, Lina Nguyen and Cameron Roy; integrity: Grace Laverriere and Lina Nguyen; dependability: Brianna Adams, Nadya Buffum, Trevor Dube, Cameron Roy and Ashlin Ruel; empathy: Penny Breyman, Crystal Gammon and Jillian Greenleaf; and overall Tiger PRIDE: Anthony Ayala, Jared Bayley, Kyle Bshara, Keisha Dedrick, Caroline Gallant, Grace Martin, Kairlye McQueen, Addison Moore, Ernest Nijimbere, Jasmine Ross, Shane Spaulding, Alex Truehart and Olivia Whitaker.

Overall category award recipients were:Laurie M.Kanyamuneza and J. Leslie Nyambo (perseverance); Kristen Eugley (respect); Carl Davis (integrity); Matt Perkins (dependability); Aaron Dutremble (empathy); and Brooks (Tiger PRIDE).

As Brooks was announced as the overall Tiger PRIDE recipient, teacher Lauren Wynne read from her nomination, “Rather than focus on what she couldn’t do, she took charge of her learning. She focused on doing whatever she had to do to succeed. When one thing didn’t work, she’d just try something else until she found something that did work. Now, in her third year of high school, with a full college-prep schedule, a member of the track team, and a class standing in the top 30 percent, she is on course for a promising career in the medical field. She has truly been an inspiration to me and to those around her. She exemplifies perseverance, respect, integrity, dependability and empathy.”

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