COLCHESTER, VT -- The following local high school students were awarded the 2013 Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience:
Barnet: Quinn Bornstein, a student at St. Johnsbury Academy.
Beecher Falls: Sierra Cotnoir, a student at Canaan Memorial High School.
Bradford: Meaghan Williams, a student at Oxbow High School.
Craftsbury Common: Meghan Pennock, a student at Craftsbury Academy.
Danville: Kelly Cyr and Brett Elliott, both students at Danville High School.
Derby: Nathan Marsh, a student at North Country Union High School.
East Hardwick: Natalie Martin, a student at Hazen Union School.
Groton: Taylor Lamberton and Torie Peters, both students at Blue Mountain Union School.
Irasburg: Harrison Fromm, a student at Lake Region Union High School.
Lyndonville: Emily Doty and Nicholas Ruede, both students at Lyndon Institute.
Newport: Lindsey Gaboriault, a student at North Country Union High School.
St. Johnsbury: William Kyle, a student at St. Johnsbury Academy.
Bethlehem: Kayla Mardin and Edward Peters, both students at Profile School; Emelia Waterman, a student at White Mountain School.
Colebrook: Nicholas Boucher, a student at Colebrook Academy.
Columbia: Courtney DeBlois, a student at Colebrook Academy.
Groveton: Erin Hamilton, a student at Groveton High School.
Jefferson: Gillian McCreedy, a student at White Mountains Regional High School.
North Haverhill: Hanna Stewart and Justin Woods, both students at Woodsville High School.
Whitefield: Benjamin Laflam, a student at White Mountains Regional High School.
Woodsville: Elizabeth Blouin, a student at Woodsville High School.
The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael's was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.
Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.
Winners were presented the book, "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. In "First They Killed My Father," Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child's perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. She reveals an indomitable spirit in the face of profound suffering, including the loss of both her parents and two of her siblings. Ung has written a riveting memoir about a family's survival, and in turn, about the development of Ung's on-going crusade for a landmine free world.