COLCHESTER, Vt. — The following local high school students were awarded the 2012 Saint Michael’s College Book Award for academic achievement with a social conscience:

Arthur Conover of Oakland and Shawna Oliver of Sidney, both Messalonskee High School students.

Derek Haley of Chesterville, a Mount Blue High School student.

Erzsebet Nagy of Albion and Matthew Saunders of Fairfield, both Lawrence High School students.

Georgeanne Oliver of Waterville and John Terhune of Waterville, both Waterville Senior High School students.

Karlee Price of Waterville and Gabriel Smith of Waterville, both Winslow High School students.

Morgan Thies of Pittsfield, a Maine Central Institute student.

Samuel Wheeler of Skowhegan, a Skowhegan Area High School student.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Winners were presented the book, “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael’s College graduate and widely acclaimed author.

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