Seniors ranked in the top ten percent of the graduating class of 2011 at New Britain High School (NBHS) were honored for their academic success on May 5. The annual dinner allowed students and their parents to spend the night enjoying the hard work they put in over their high school career. Board of Education President Sharon Beloin-Saavedra said, “It’s a great academic success as well as character building for these students.” Many other board members were also there to show their support for the NBHS students and celebrated their future endeavors during college and the years ahead.
Heidi Marie Holt, a member of the National Honor Society (NHS) said, “Being part of the NHS and the top ten percent of graduates’ leads to a connection among the students and a helpful support system.” The students of the top ten percent dinner are routinely in the same classes, making the school much smaller and able to know other students’ likes and dislikes, said Holt. Her pride of New Britain and her willingness to help others are main reasons why she chose to go to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and major in nursing.
Opening the dinner, Superintendent Dr. Kurtz talked to the students about the many changes in New Britain public schools, since she began when they were just second graders. “The idea behind all of these changes was to help raise the ceiling and the floor of the expectations of students in New Britain and help them succeed,” said Dr. Kurtz. NBHS has been blessed with a hardworking staff that has taught you students, the necessary tools to succeed in your future careers and education, Dr. Kurtz said.
Secretary of NHS Veronica Wojtaszek said she had always wanted to be part of NHS and an honor student. “The opportunity to be part of an organization for students excelling, is a great way to show my hard work and effort throughout high school,” Wojtaszek said. Wojtaszek excelled not only in but also outside the classroom as a volleyball player for NBHS. As she, plans to attend the University of Rhode Island (URI) next year, her advice for students of New Britain “just do the work, set high expectations and do not lower yourself to others standards.”
Jose Diaz’s motivation to be a part of NHS came from not having the chance the previous year. “I wanted to do better than in the past, so I can make it in, it’s such a great accomplishment,” Diaz said. Many of his friends did not want to even try to be a part of NHS, just because of the required essay. One of his favorite parts of NHS is the community service each student does. “It feels good helping people; it makes you a better person.” Diaz plays soccer and tennis yet he said, he can still find time to help the community, so can many other students at NBHS. Diaz is attending Post University and will be majoring in pre law.
Ending the evening, student received their cords and medals from Dr. Kurtz and NBHS Principle Michael Foran. “We are very proud of you and are excited for you futures,” said Foran. The dinner provided the students and their parents a time to reflect on the hard work they put into their school work and their future. “It’s nights like these that give us hope for students of New Britain,” said Dr. Kurtz.