Superintendent John Doherty recognizes the recipients of the 2017 Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Award for Academic and Community Excellence
Reading, MA — On Monday evening, November 13, at Town Meeting, Superintendent of Schools John Doherty recognized Reading Memorial High School Seniors, Erin Kwon and Mathias Kool during the State of the Schools Address for receiving the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Award for Academic and Community Excellence. Only two students can receive this award and the criteria include strong academic skills, participation in extracurricular and community service activities, and are currently in the top five percent of their graduating class.
Erin Kwon, attended the Joshua Eaton Elementary School and Parker Middle School and is a member of the Model United Nations Club. She volunteers at the Reading Public Library where she serves as a Net Guide and helps senior citizens use the library technology. A member of the RMHS Symphonic band, this student has excelled in rigorous classes including AP BC Calculus, Physics, AP Biology, AP French, and AP Literature. In addition, this student is in the wind ensemble at the New England Conservatory of Music. This recipient envisions a career in biochemistry and has applied to Northeastern, UMass Amherst, Brown, Harvard, Tufts, Boston College, and Amherst College.
Mathias Kools, also attended Joshua Eaton Elementary School and Parker Middle School and has excelled as a four year member of the RMHS Robotics Team where he has served as a programmer and, now, the business sector president. Academically, this student is a curious and engaged learner who is currently taking several high level courses including AP BC Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Physics, AP French, Philosophy of Literature, and Principles of Engineering. He is very involved in community service activities, teaching swimming to students at the YMCA who have developmental disabilities and mentoring students in computer coding at the Reading Public Library. Next year, he plans on majoring in Computer Science and is applying to MIT, Carnegie Melon, Harvard, Northeastern, UMass Amherst, and RPI.