OR senior Amaya McLeod picked for superintendent’s award

Dec 21, 2021

Old Rochester High School senior Amaya McLeod was presented with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Award of Academic Excellence on Dec. 8, according to school officials.

"Amaya is an exceptional student and role model within our school community, who is confident, independent and compassionate," ORR High School Principal Mike Devoll said. "She shows a desire to learn and thrives in many of our most rigorous classes, and is a valuable member and leader in several of our school organizations. She is very deserving of this award and is an excellent representation of the students, leaders and citizens that we work to develop at ORRHS."

The superintendent’s award of academic excellence is presented by the superintendent to a deserving student in each school district throughout Massachusetts.

To be considered for the award, the student must be a member of the senior class with a cumulative GPA that places them in the top fifth percentile of their class. The nominee must also consistently demonstrate traits of leadership, social responsibility, respect for their fellow students and involvement in various aspects of the school community.

McLeod has been recognized for her academic success, dedication to school organizations and leadership roles, and community service.

McLeod has taken several high-level classes, holds a 4.5 GPA and is currently second in the class rank. She has been recognized for her academic achievement many times, receiving academic excellence awards in AP Chemistry, Honors Precalculus, U.S. History and many more subjects. She is also a National Merit Semi-Finalist.

McLeod has been a member of the Student Council since her freshman year and currently serves as president of the Executive Board. She also serves as co-president of the Environmental Club, a member of Creating Old Rochester Environment, and a participant in many other school activities.

Last school year, she was nominated by faculty to represent the school at the American Legion Girls' State conference. She has also received a Presidential Service Award in recognition of her community service hours.

"Amaya has many impressive achievements as a student within our schools and consistently demonstrates character and integrity," Superintendent Michael Nelson said. "She was a clear choice for this recognition and I am pleased to recognize her as this year's recipient."