Four Shelton students receive awards from statewide association

Shelton students, from left, Michael Torres, Samantha Dimas, Kathyrn Arena and Michael Leone are recognized for their student leadership during the Board of Education meeting.

Four Shelton students have received Student Leadership Awards from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE).

Samantha Dimas and Michael Torres, seniors at Shelton High School, and Kathryn Arena and Michael Leone, eighth-graders at Shelton Intermediate School, were the recipients of the statewide honor.

The Shelton Board of Education recognized the four students at a recent meeting. Each was presented with an award certificate and framed letter from CABE.

Student Leadership Awards are given by CABE to a male and female student at each high school and middle school in the state.

Samantha Dimas

Samantha Dimas is an advanced CAPT scholar who ranks 10th in her SHS graduating class of 389 students.She is Student Council vice president, a member of the National and Spanish honors societies, and has been a SHS Student of the Month.

She is captain of the girls tennis team, and volunteers at the local library, a Shelton community theater and a professional tennis tournament.

“Samantha’s commitment to her studies, her enthusiastic involvement in school activities and her warm and sincere personality are just a few reasons why she is worthy of this award,” wrote SHS Headmaster Beth Smith.

Michael Torres

Michael Torres has excelled in competitive honors, advanced placement and UConn ECE programs, and ranks 7th in his SHS graduating class of 389 students.

He is president of the school’s Future Business Leaders of America club, organizing FLBA activities to benefit local charities, and has participated in Boys State.

Michael is captain of the boys volleyball team and his community service has included volunteering at the Wesley Village convalescent home.

“Michael is a well-rounded student ... who is respectful and kind to his teachers and peers,” wrote SHS Headmaster Beth Smith.

Kathyrn Arena

Kathryn Arena has been SIS Student of the Month twice and made the honor roll for six consecutive quarters. She is president of the SIS Student Council.

She is a member of the jazz choir, girls basketball team and cross country team.

Outside of the school, Kathryn has helped My Sister’s Place (domestic violence), Alex’s Lemonade Stand (childhood cancer) and Hoops for Heart (American Heart Association). She is a Girl Scout and plays on basketball and soccer teams.

“These leadership skills and community service have [led to] success for Kathryn throughout her time at SIS,” wrote school officials.

Michael Leone

Michael Leone has been a SIS Student of the Month, honor roll member and Teen Community Outreach Program member. He has assisted the school’s food bank.

In the community, he has been involved with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raising money for a children’s hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.

Michael volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club, assisting other children with homework and the healthy habits nutrition initiative. As a longtime Boy Scout, he now is working to earn his Eagle Scout rank.

“Michael is an excellent example of student leadership within our community,” wrote SIS officials.