WILLIAMSTOWN -- Superintendent of Schools Rose Ellis has named Henry (Hank) Barrett the recipient of the Certificate of Academic Excellence. The award comes from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and is given to one student in each high school across the state annually.
Dr. Ellis selected Barrett in consultation with Mt. Greylock Principal Jack Kurty, school faculty, and the guidance department. "In my estimation, Hank emulates ‘The Greylock Way,’ and I am proud to recognize his scholastic ability and personal contributions to Mt. Greylock," Ellis said in a statement.
The criteria for this award include a distinguished three-year cumulative GPA, membership in the top 10 percent of senior students, and selection by the Superintendent.
History teacher Drew Gibson described Barrett as "an exemplary student and one of the leaders in the class."
Barrett has been a member of the National Honor Society for two years and was also the recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship for High Achievement on MCAS from grades 10-12. He has received the Citizenship Award at Mt. Greylock, the MIAA Student Sportsmanship Award, and is Captain of the Mounties football, basketball, and lacrosse teams. He is also active in numerous school programs, including the Peer Resource Team, Student Council, PEP Club, and SMILE, a community service group.
Barrett has been accepted into Wesleyan University and is interested in studying global affairs and politics. He is looking forward to engaging in new pursuits at Wesleyan and hopes perhaps to participate in an a capella singing group and theater.
"Hank is eager and willing to take feedback so that he may improve as a student, athlete and person. He has tremendous character, integrity and pride and has been a pleasure to teach and coach," Math teacher Robert Thistle said.