2016-11-24 / JT Beacon

Wells High School students recognized for excellence by National School Development Council

WELLS — Wells High School Principal Sheehy has announced that seniors Richard Patnaude and Issac J. Michaud are the recipients of the 2016 National School Development Council Award for Academic Growth and Student Leadership in Learning.

Formed in 1969, the council, a network of regional school study councils, seeks to acknowledge the positive contributions that students make to schools. Recipients of this award exemplify admirable character and accomplishment.  

Richard and Issac “are wonderful examples of the many positive ways students can influence a school,” said Assistant Principal Josh Gould.    

Principal Sheehy added, “They are natural leaders who model commitment, compassion and citizenship. Their dedication to academics along with their positive presence in our school make them outstanding role models. Over the years at Wells High School, Issac and Richard have …consistently contributed to the culture of our entire school community.”

Richard Patnaude is the son of Mary Beth and Jeffrey Patnaude of Wells. Richard has made a five-year commitment to the WHS music and dramatic arts programs. A talented tenor saxophone player, he is an integral part of the marching band program culminating in his selection as the drum major in both his junior and senior years. He has participated in all fall plays and spring musicals consistently holding lead roles. A National Honor Society member, Richard has been recognized by the WHS faculty with several awards in the fields of English, math, Spanish and health. Last summer he participated in in an analytical research project as part of the Maine Space Grant Consortium program.

Issac J. Michaud is the son of Michelle and James Michaud of Wells. Isaac has recently earned Eagle Scout status through the Boy Scouts of America. He has participated in numerous community service projects and models leadership through various fund raising efforts with the younger cub scouts. This fall he planned, organized and led a community volunteer program that built four new benches placed in front of Wells High School. A three-year soccer and lacrosse team member, Isaac was named Student of the Trimester by WHS faculty and has received awards in physical science, advanced placement biology, English 10 and geometry.

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