PITTSFIELD — Courtney Fowler, of Pittsfield, a Maine Central Institute senior, has been selected to receive the 2013 Principals’ Award, Headmaster Christopher Hopkins has announced. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and school citizenship, according to a press release.

“This year’s School Theme at Maine Central Institute is kindness, and there has been no student who has embodied, championed and acted on this theme more than Courtney,” Hopkins noted in the release. “She thinks of others before herself, is willing to stand in front of the whole school and challenge the entire community to engage in acts of kindness, both large and small, and despite her demanding course load and significant involvement in extra curriculars, still finds time to initiate new projects which positively affect school culture.”

Fowler is one of the top 10 students in her class and earned second place in the esteemed Manson Essay competition her junior year. She has been on the softball team and on the honor roll in each of her years at MCI. Fowler has served as the secretary of the Key Club and been a member of the Student Council and the National Honor Society for two years. She is also a member of the Kindness Krew and the College Aspirations Club.

Fowler has been accepted at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is awaiting notifications from other schools before making her enrollment decision. She is the daughter of David and Joyce Fowler, of Pittsfield.

Fowler, Hopkins and other award winners and their principals will attend an honors luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Saturday, April 6. The luncheon recognizes these outstanding students with the presentation of an individual plaque and the awarding of five $1,000 scholarships in the names of Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler. McGowan and Tyler were former Maine principals and executive directors of the Association.

The Principals’ Award is presented in more than 100 Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association which represents Maine’s school administrators.

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