Weston students win St. Michael’s award for academic achievement

Two Weston High School students were awarded the 2012 Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience.

Brett Gurman and Zoe Zegers were among those named at schools throughout the country — high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement.

Saint Michael’s, in Burlington, Vt., 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 demonstrated 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.

Ung gives an autobiographical account, from a child’s perspective, of surviving captivity during the 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,” according to a press release from the college.

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