Wareham student achievements, contributions recognized

A budding scientist, friend to senior citizens and the creator of a “sweet” fundraiser were among the students recognized Wednesday by the Wareham School Committee for their outstanding academic achievements and contributions to the community.

The first student honored was eighth grader Leah Gagnon.

Gagnon, who attended the meeting on crutches, was not able to attend the National Honor Society induction, recently held at Wareham High School. Instead she was formally inducted at the School Committee’s meeting.

Much was made of Gagnon’s strong grades and work ethic, and her commitment to community outreach. The committee called attention to her work gathering cards for seniors in care centers. Gagnon collected cards for Christmas and Valentine’s Day, and is now in the process of collecting greeting cards for seniors.

“This is so wonderful,” said committee member Judith Caporiccio by speakerphone. “I’m a card sender, and it’s a dying art. People always love cards.”

“I love seeing you here, because students like you – they represent how wonderful Wareham is,” committee member Dr. Cliff Sylvia added.

Wareham High School freshman Jasmine Black was then recognized for her recent selection as a delegate to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, which will be held this year in Boston.