Local students honored for excellence

Four Shelton students received high marks last week.

Shelton Intermediate School (SIS) students Emily Codere and Benjamin Robinson and Shelton High School students Cristina Chirsky and Clayton O”Brien each named Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Award of Excellence winners. The foursome were honored at a regional ceremony Thursday at Grassy Hills Country Club in Orange.

“These four students make Shelton shine a little brighter,” said school Superintendent Dr. Chris Clouet.

The CAPSS Superintendent’s Student Award Recognition Program is designed to be a meaningful superintendent-to-student link, and to provide positive public awareness of the role of the local and chief school administrator.

Clouet said teachers offer recommendations to their respective principals, who, after sorting through the collection of highly qualified students, then brings their choices to his desk.

“We have so many incredibly strong students here, but these four really offered a mix of strong educational achievements, hard working and contribute to their school and the community,” said the superintendent.

In her bio sheet, Chirsky was described as “driven by her desire to influence the social environment and culture of our school and community in positive ways.”

Chirsky is serving as co-president of the Student Council this year as well as communications leader of the Valley United Way High School Volunteer Council, a member of FBLA, an AP scholar and an Honor Society inductee.

“Cristina embodies what it means to give back to school and community,” stated her bio. “She possesses all the best qualities of a student and responsible citizen.”

O’Brien, a four-year high school lacrosse player, has served as Shelton High class president and has been an active member of the Navy Sea Cadet Program since fifth grade and hopes to attend Annapolis. He is also completing certification as an emergency medical technician.

“Clayton personifies a hard work ethic and one who gives back to his school and community,” stated his bio.

Codere is an honor roll student and Student of the Year recipient. She represents SIS as a student ambassador, is an accomplished clarinet player for the Viking and jazz bands, captain of the cross country team, and a member of the track team. Codere also placed fourth in the school’s American Legion Oratorical Contest, and she reached the state competition for the Invention Convention.

She is also a youth soccer referee, participates in advanced karate class — where she also serves as an assistant teacher — and is a Bronze Award recipient in Girls Scouts.

“Emily is a positive role model,” stated the bio, adding that she has “proven her ability to set academic  goals, as well as work independently and cooperatively with her classmates.”

Robinson is an honor roll student who has earned student of the month and student of the year honors as well as an award for academic excellence in language arts. He has been a member of the SIS Viking and jazz bands for the past two years.

Robinson also volunteers time at church events and plays youth baseball.

“He has proven to be a responsible leader both in his community and amongst his peers,” according to his bio.