Albany High trio named '2012 Scholars'
N.Y. (May 10, 2012) -- Three Albany High School students were honored
Wednesday at the 2012 Scholars' Recognition Dinner.
Seamus Daniels, Amal Hechehouche and Meredith O'Connell were among high
school seniors from 11 neighboring counties nominated by their schools
for outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and service to
the community and their school.
Besides lauding the students, the Scholars' Recognition Dinner
spotlights the teachers they say have influenced them most. For Daniels,
that was English teacher Jennifer Houlihan. For Hechehouche, it was
science teacher Lawrence Bizzarro. And for O'Connell, it was English
teacher Loren Green.
Seamus Daniels -- according to his nomination:
"Seamus is a true scholar in every sense of the word. He engages in
learning with a refreshingly vigorous commitment to excellence and takes
genuine interest in the contributions of others to enhance his own
learning. He is currently ranked #1 in his class, is a Commended Student
in the National Merit Scholarship Program and is president of Albany
High's National Honor Society, all of which are demonstrative of a
steadfast, formidable and committed academic."
Daniels had this to say about the teacher who most influenced him:
"Mrs. Houlihan's dedication as a teacher and mentor has inspired me
to challenge myself and develop a deeper appreciation for literature."
Amal Hechehouche -- according to her nomination:
"Amal embodies the characteristics of a complete student: strong
academic background, exceptional talents, commitment to school and
community, genuine compassion for others and a strong inner drive to
challenge oneself. She is passionate about music and theater. Amal is a
member of Albany High School's prestigious choir, the Albanettes, and
has earned numerous honors through Tri-M Music Honor Society. Amal also
is very active with Drama Club and Albany's Park Playhouse II."
Hechehouche had this to say about the teacher who most influenced her:
"Mr. Bizzarro teaches more than earth science. He teaches a crash
course on life. He helps kids to think outside the box while inspiring
them to reach beyond their expectations."
Meredith O'Connell -- according to her nomination:
"Meredith is incredibly bright and motivated and equally kind and
gracious. She possesses the characteristics of a true scholar and
outstanding citizen. She is involved in our rigorous International
Baccalaureate Program through certificate coursework and has taken five
Advanced Placement classes. Her pursuits include both the scholarly and
the athletic. She is a member of our varsity soccer and track teams and
a strong but gracious competitor. Additionally, she is captain of our
Masterminds Team and secretary of Key Club."
O'Connell had this to say about the teacher who most influenced her:
"Mr. Green's passion, knowledge and insight has instilled in me a
great appreciation for and love of literature."
An annual event, the Scholars’ Recognition Dinner is
a partnership between the School of Education at the University at
Albany; Price Chopper; Freihofer’s; Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP;
CSArch and Capital Area School Development Association.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,700
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High