Highland honors the ‘Leaders of the Pack’

By Mark Reynolds
Posted 1/19/22

Elementary SchoolDeclan Gorton was named a Leader of the Pack at the Highland Elementary School for January.

Assistant Principal Tulani Samuel said Declan, “is a very hard working, …

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Highland honors the ‘Leaders of the Pack’


Elementary School
Declan Gorton was named a Leader of the Pack at the Highland Elementary School for January.

Assistant Principal Tulani Samuel said Declan, “is a very hard working, respectful, responsible kindergarten student. Per his teachers, he is always willing to help his peers and teachers throughout the day. He is kind and compassionate toward others and strives to do his best work every day. We are proud of him and we want to congratulate the family and congratulations to you Declan.”

Middle School
Nicholas Quirk-Hall was named the January Leader of the Pack for the Middle School.

Asst. Principal Andrew Carnright read a few comments about Nicholas from Principal Coburn, who was unable to attend: “He was chosen because of the role model he has become in school; he is a student who looks out for his peers, works hard and shows respect for all staff in the building; he is a good friend and students seek out his advice and friendship; he helped a fellow student, who had broken his wrist, an easier way to access his locker, doing this without wanting attention but did it because it was right; he stays above Middle School drama and focuses on positive interactions; Nick has an infectious smile that instantly can put you in a better mood; he is a great listener and is always willing to help a student or staff member without even having to ask. We’re lucky to have Nick and to recognize him as our Leader of the Pack.”

Other teachers added their comments: Nick is a calming spirit and radiates positivity wherever he goes; his teachers and fellow classmates enjoy being in his presence; without a second thought he is the first one to volunteer to help others and be at their side before they can ask; he is probably shaking his head in disbelief right now due to his humble nature but thank you for sharing your true joy of life with all of us, congratulations.”

High School
Natasha McKenna was named the Leader of the Pack for January at the Highland High school.

Asst. Principal Kevin M. Murphy said Natasha, “is an outstanding individual.” One of her teachers Mr. Miller, said, “Natasha is an overall great person who has a genuine kindness and empathy about her that helps those around her be the best version of themselves they can be. She exemplifies integrity and is one who does the right thing, not because a teacher or coach is watching or listening, but because simply it’s the right thing to do.”

Ms. Babineau said, “I love Natasha, she is such a sweet person. She shows patience with our Freshman as I have watched her go out of her way to help them with their projects.”

Mr. Cozzolino said, “I can count on Natasha to work well in any group and because she is so driven to succeed, friendly and inquisitive, she makes everyone around her better.”

Ms. Winston commented that Natasha, “is always eager to learn and is motivated to come to a solution on her own. Her smile is contagious and warms every heart in the room.”

Coach Reed said, “Natasha is an amazing person, she is kind, considerate and fun,”

Coach Bragg described Natasha as a very hard worker both in sports and in the classroom. “She has so much integrity, is kind to others, has a great sense of humor and is always smiling. She is just wonderful to be around. Congratulations to Natasha McKenna.”


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