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Westford Academy Students of the Month

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Angela Xie, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Xie, was named Student of the Month for September.  Wendy Pechacek, Angela’s guidance counselor, nominated her in the area of Academics.  Pechacek writes: “Angela Xie is an accomplished student who excels in the classroom.   What may not be evident to others is what Angela does outside of school to give back to the community.  Angela volunteers at a local hospital, at the Robinson school, teaching English to Burmese children at a Community Development Center, and at the Chinese Bible Church of Greater Lowell every week.  She also participates annually in the 30 Hour Famine and goes on annual mission trips to help Chinese immigrant children.  In all, she has given over 600 hours of her time to help those in need.  She is the definition of humble and kind.”

Hunter DiLorenzo, son of Mr. & Mrs. Paul DiLorenzo was named Student of the Month for September.  Dave Delong, Hunter’s Golf Coach, nominated him in the area of Athletics.  Mr. Delong writes: “Golf Team captain, senior Hunter DiLorenzo, has had a very successful fall season thus far.  He averaged approximately 14 points per match which puts him among the top scorers in the DCL.  One match in particular that stands out is, in a home match versus league rival Lincoln-Sudbury on Sept. 14, he shot an incredible 5-under par round of 30 which was good for an amazing 28 points.  It is the hightes known to me for WA.  That great round allowed us to squeeze out a tight 117-113 victory over a very strong teacm.  As captain, he has shown great leadership.   When he gets on the course,  he puts on the game face and his  focus and shot-making are always a target.”

Jaeden Tiano, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tiano was named Student of the Month for September.  English Teacher, Christopher Bramanti, nominated Jaeden in the area of Co-Curricular.  Bramanti writes: “I would like to nominate Jaeden Tiano for his exemplary work with my freshman class.  He came into my ninth grade class, with a group of eight other seniors, as part of Mr. Towers’ Public Speaking Class.  Their assignment was to discuss an aspect of high school life, which may include regret, or something that helped to shape them, or any other part of high school life that would help an incoming freshman overcome fears. Jaeden, one of the last speakers to present, spoke about overcoming fears and obstacles.  He interacted with freshmen and got them to understand that it is ok to be a bit different.  As Jaeden spoke, I watched the captivated students mesmerized with what he was saying.  Jaeden was fearless in his presentation and helped the freshmen understand no matter what physical, mental, or whatever kind of problem is affecting a high school student, a great experience can be had in this school.”

 

Jonathan Glidden, son of Mrs. Kerry Glidden and Mr. David Glidden was named Student of the Month for September.  English Teacher, Christopher Bramanti, nominated Jonathan the area of Co-Curricular.  Bramanti writes: “I would like to nominate Jonathan Glidden for his exemplary work with my freshman class.  He came into my ninth grade class, with a group of eight other seniors, as part of Mr. Towers’ Public Speaking Class.  Their assignment was to discuss an aspect of high school life, which may include regret, or something that helped to shape them, or any other part of high school life that would help an incoming freshman overcome fears. The discussion was to help the freshmen understand that it is ok to be YOU, and the impact he had was remarkable.  Jonathan was the leader, or captain of the group, and it was his responsibility to make sure the senior speakers were on task, ask questions and generally make sure things went smoothly.  He stepped in to help when needed with prompts.  He respectfully showed great patience and motioned for the class to be patient as well during the other senior’s speeches.  He did a great job of explaining and helping the young freshmen understand that in this school, you do not need to have fear.  To paraphrase their efforts: Kids want to help.  Teachers want to help!  Enjoy it and get the most out of it.”