COLCHESTER, VT -- The following local high school students were awarded the 2012 Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience:
Blue Mountain Union School: Kyle Farquharson of East Ryegate; Nicole Hurley of South Ryegate.
Colebrook Academy: Marion Fuller of Colebrook, N.H.; Brett Pike of North Stratford, N.H.
Craftsbury Academy: Elizabeth Smith of Craftsbury.
Danville School: Jennifer Moore of Barnet; Brady Rainville of Danville.
Groveton High School: Kailene Laundry of Groveton, N.H.
Lake Region Union High School: Tyler Perry of Brownington; Mitchell Pion of Barton; Katherine Powers of West Glover.
Lyndon Institute: Jessica Colby of Lunenburg; Ashlynn Doyon of Hardwick; Noah Manning of Sheffield.
Oxbow High School: Tucker Snook of Newbury.
Profile School: Danica Bays of Bethlehem, N.H.
St. Johnsbury Academy: Johannah Driscoll of St. Johnsbury; David Duong of St. Johnsbury.
White Mountain School: Emily Weed of Franconia, N.H.
White Mountains Regional High School: Payton Curtis of Lancaster, N.H.; Joseph Dami of Whitefield, N.H.
Woodsville High School: Nara Burgess of Bath, N.H.
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 (HarperCollins 2000) 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.