AYER — Superintendent Lore Nielsen has announced her district pick for the Worcester County Association of Superintendents Scholar Award for 2005-2006. The award recipient is Brooke Bortell, a senior at Ayer High School.
The award was presented at the December School Committee meeting, which Bortell attended with her parents, David and Rita Bortell.
According to Nielson’s prepared statement, the award nomination came from Principal Don Parker, based on the student’s three-year grade point average and class rank.
Brooke Bortell’s grade point average places her first in her class this year. Since her freshman year, she has sought the “most challenging courses available,” Parker wrote in his recommendation to Nielsen.
Bortell is a member of the National Honor Society and a varsity soccer player for the Ayer Panthers. In 2004, she spent a month in Thailand as part of the World Challenge Expedition with eight classmates.
“My most important achievement in high school was my growth as a person,” said Bortell.
She plans to major in graphic communications or biology in college next year. Asked what schools she has targeted, Brooke named two, the University of Miami and American University in Washington, D.C.
But she’s keeping her college options open. “I haven’t decided yet,” she said.
Nielsen said the Superintendents Scholar award was being conferred now so that Bortell can include this “certificate of excellence” with her college applications. “We are very proud of Brooke and believe that she represents what we highly value in all of our students,” said Nielsen.
School Committee Chairman Dan Sallet congratulated Bortell and her parents, “This is a tremendous honor. You are a credit to your class.”