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Olu, Morris Named TMHS Hats Off Winners For January

Jan 29, 2019 06:53AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Seniors Mercy Olu (left) and Grace Morris (right) were honored as Hats Off Recipients for the month of January, 2019 (senior portraits are a courtesy of O’Connor Studios in Tewksbury, MA).

Tewksbury High has announced the names of the two senior students of the Class of 2019 who have been nominated for the Tewksbury Rotary Club January 2019 Hats Off Award.

Mercy Olu and Grace Morris were honored at a Rotary Club Luncheon held on Thursday, January 24, at the Tewksbury Country Club

Hats Off is a joint initiative of the Tewksbury Rotary Club and Tewksbury Memorial High School.  The Award recognizes those students who have distinguished themselves academically, have contributed to the co-curricular program at the High School and have been actively involved in the community.

Mercy Olu

Parents:     Elizabeth Olu and Ogbu Olu

Education Highlights:  Maintained Honor Roll
                                      Achieved Principal’s List
                                      Enrolled in AP classes and dual enrollment classes
                                      Recipient of numerous Renaissance Gold Card Awards

Extra-Curricular Activities: Vice President of Student Council
                                               Co-President of Book Buddies
                                               Member of Class Council (President freshman year)
                                               Member of the Math Team
                                               Member of Academic Decathlon
                                               Delegate to Student Council of Northeastern Massachusetts (sophomore and junior year)

Athletic Activities:    Member of Track and Field (freshman and junior year)

Special Achievements:      Recipient of Commonwealth Award
                                       Recipient of John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

Work Experience:     Kumon, an after school learning program for children (four years)
                                   Tewksbury Public Schools Information Technology Department (from July 2018 to present)

                                   Babysitter

Other:       Hope to become a physician

Mercy was nominated by several staff members at TMHS:

Nominating Tewksbury Public Schools staff member, Cameron Carey, states that Mercy has been working with the IT Department for six months and has been instrumental in several critical district wide technology projects.  She single-handedly upgraded the entire fleet of mobile devices at the Wynn Middle School, which includes about 700 devices.  Her work ethic is unparalleled and her work itself is of the highest caliber.

Nominating TMHS staff member, Ms. Annmarie McCormick, states that Mercy has proven her leadership skills at TMHS for all four years.  She goes above and beyond and partakes in many extracurricular activities.  Ms. McCormick is quite impressed with her maturity and dedication to her education from the beginning of her freshman year through her senior year.  Mercy demonstrates tremendous effort in her academics and is extremely respectful to her teachers and peers.

The Guidance Department nominated Mercy for her altruism.  Mercy always assists the Guidance Department during parent presentations, student orientations, and tours.  She is always willing to assist others within our school community.

Grace Morris

Parents:     Patricia Morris and Gary Morris

Education Highlights:    Top 10% of Class of 2019
                                       Enrolled in 7 AP courses
                                       Maintained Honor Roll
                                       Achieved AP exam scores of 5, 5, and 4

Extra-Curricular Activities: President of the National Honor Society
                                               Secretary of Class Council
                                               Member of Student Council (Representative to the School Committee)
                                               Member of Science Bowl
                                               Member of Mock Trial
                                               Member of DECA
                                               Executive Board member for NEMASC
                                               Served on committee for hiring new assistant principal

Athletic Activities:    Member of Girls Soccer Team (freshman and sophomore year)
                                   Member of Winter Track Team (freshman and sophomore year)
                                   Member of Girls Lacrosse Team (freshman year)
                                   Member of Tennis Team (sophomore and junior year)

Special Achievements:      Recipient of Massachusetts Commonwealth Award for Student Council
                                       DECA State Finalist for Travel and Tourism

Community Service:      Perform leaf raking through Student Council
                                       Perform tutoring to a middle school student weekly
                                       Volunteered for the ECHO beach cleanup

Work ExperienceEmployed at Meadowland’s Ice Cream for past four years.  Perform various duties including scheduling of all employees, training of new employees, and working twenty-five hours weekly during the school year and thirty to forty hours per week during the summer.

Other: I have travelled to over seven countries and will visit three more this summer.  My favorite countries are Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands.

Grace was nominated by two staff members at TMHS:

Nominating faculty member, Ms. Donna Boudreau-Hill, states that Grace is the girl that does it all including academics, extracurricular, and leadership.  She explains that Grace is an example of how students RISE at TMHS.

Nominating staff member, Ms. Christine Fronduto, states that Grace is one of the most ambitious, hardest working students at the school and says that she is sure Grace will be very successful in life.  She also states that Grace is a high achieving student who is involved in many clubs and school activities.  She is a very dedicated student who has also worked outside of school hours with the Tewksbury School Committee to help improve the school.

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