2020 Superintendent’s Academic Achievement Awards

By Dylan Desrosiers

At the North Attleboro School Committee virtual meeting on Monday, November 2, 2020, Mia Antunovic and Shruti Srinivasan were awarded the Superintendent’s Academic Achievement Awards.

This is an award given yearly to two high school seniors who demonstrate academic rigour and dedication to community.

Superintendent Scott Holcomb presented the awards during the virtual meeting and read congratulatory letters from both Mia and Shruti’s guidance counselors.

Neither student saw it coming.

“This was totally a surprise,” said Shruti. “I didn’t know that this award existed until Mrs. Kummer emailed us and it was really nice to be acknowledged at the School Committee meeting.”

Neither student is a stranger to hard work, having taken multiple Advanced Placement and honors classes throughout high school. Both students feel that their hard work has paid off.

“It hasn’t been easy working this hard for the past three years, so it feels amazing to know that something came out of it,” said Mia. “Everyone graduating who has achieved some or all of their goals throughout high school should be super proud.”

Mia is currently ranked number 1 in her graduating class, with Shruti coming right behind in second.

Maintaining such academic rigor for the past three years would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the support of the school community.

“My teachers, parents, administrators, coaches and peers all contributed to my education for the last twelve years at North,” said Shruti. “I would not be where I am today without their help and support and I am so grateful to have been able to learn both academically and personally from them.”

Mia added that “any time I have reached out for any sort of assistance or guidance, these people have been more than willing to help. For example, the teachers at North always want their students to succeed, and they are willing to provide what is necessary to make that happen.”

Superintendent Holcomb also shared letters from their guidance counselors.

In a letter about Mia, Ms. Simmons wrote, “Mia is a dedicated, hardworking, and genuine student. She takes education seriously and works hard towards achieving the goals she sets for herself. During her time at North Attleboro High School, she started the volunteer program ‘High School Helpers,’ participated in the Debate Team her sophomore year, and has participated in Best Pals from 9th grade to present.”

In a letter about Shruti, Ms. Kelly wrote, “Shruti Srinivasan is the type of student every educator dreams about. She is intelligent, caring, respectful and extremely driven. … Shruti’s character and commitment to her education and community are remarkable. … In addition to being an active member of the Cross Country, Track and Field Teams, Shruti has also participated in multiple clubs, including School Council, throughout her high school career.”

After high school, their ambition and academic drive won’t stop. 

Shruti said she intends to go to college and major in statistics or data science. 

Mia said she’s going to major in neuroscience: “I am very interested in the brain and psychology, and very passionate about mental health,” said Mia.

Shruti would like to thank the Class of 2021 for “creating such a wonderful school environment the last few years. I know each and every one of my classmates will achieve great things in the future and I am excited to see how far we as a class go over the next couple decades.”

Mia said, “I truly believe we can all achieve what we want and be happy in life if we just keep working hard and being kind to others. I can’t wait to see where life takes everyone.”

The full letters from their guidance counselors can be read at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bUY388-bFT7ODH0Z2JWnJcTmV9dJ2e6j/view?usp=sharing.  The school committee meeting was held virtually and a recording of the meeting can be found on the NorthTV Online Video Vault at https://www.northtv.net/watch/education-channel/school-committee/north-attleborough-school-committee-meeting-11220/.

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