Benjamin Pare and Kelly Gearan Win Superintendents Award

Two fine Methuen students, Benjamin Pare and Kelly Gearan, were recognized by Superintendent Jeanne Whitten at our last School Committee meeting for outstanding achievement. Congratulations to Ben and Kelly!

Benjamin Pare

Reason(s) for Recognition: Benjamin Pare is an outstanding member of the Class of 2010 at Methuen High School. Ben ranks first in his class with a 4.493 grade point average. All of his academic courses have been on the Honors level. In addition, Ben will complete seven Advanced Placement courses by the time he graduates in June 2010.

Ben is a recognized school leader. He has served as a class officer for four years and has been selected as a captain of Methuen’s championship Cross Country Team and Track Team. Ben has been an active volunteer and has been recognized for his service by the Methuen/Salem Rotary Club as a Student of the Month. Ben hopes for a career as a physician and intends to be a pre-med major in college.

Kelly Gearan

Reason(s) for Recognition: Kelly Gearan makes the hard look easy. She is like the ice skater on T.V. that makes those most difficult sou-cow jumps and triple toe loops look effortless. But we acknowledge that there is a tremendous amount of hard work that goes on behind the scenes. What is amazing is that Kelly truly enjoys the process! She loves to have fun and this exuberance permeates all she does. At the local Rotary Student of the Month Luncheon last spring students were asked to give a short speech about themselves and their community involvement. When it was Kelly’s turn to address the group, Kelly did so with much poise. She did not read from a prepared script, but talked naturally about herself, and her activities. She conveyed her excitement about her studies, clearing and concisely. She even had the room of adults laughing. Kelly is gifted in many ways. She is a wonderful, young woman who is going to set the world on fire. She is smart, energetic and fun. She is looking forward to her future and is ready to embrace all it challenges and obstacles.

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