TYNGSBORO -- Two Groton residents were recently recognized at the Academy of Notre Dame for their hard work, organization of events, and commitment to the community during the month of December.

Nora Leach was named Student of the Month for December. Nora works toward forwarding the mission of the school with the coordination of the outreach program at St. Patrick School in Lowell every month. During the holidays, she also initiated, organized, planned and recruited volunteers to participate in a visit to The Atrium at Drum Hill for the Mission and Ministry Christmas Service Project. The initiative inspired the activities director at The Atrium to make it a monthly service project.

Caitlin Ryan is December's Distinguished Senior for her service, sports and leadership activity. In addition to representing the 1804 Society at Emmanuel College's leadership conferences every year, Caitlin is also a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, has served as vice president of her class for three years, and competes for the swim, basketball and track teams. The school's first six-year swimmer also shares her talents in the pool, volunteering with Special Olympics as a swim teacher. Caitlin is a strong leader with an excellent work ethic who sets a good example with her willingness to pitch in and lend a hand when needed.


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