Jackson Bernatchez, of Belgrade, a Messalonskee High School senior, has been selected to receive the 2016 Principal’s Award, Principal Jon Moody announced in a news release. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.

“Throughout his years at Messalonskee High, Jack has distinguished himself in the classroom, on the playing field, and as a leader in the school and the community. He very much deserves this recognition,” Moody said in the release.

Bernatchez, Moody and other award winners and their principals will attend an honors luncheon April 2 at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor.

The luncheon recognizes the 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. An additional five $1,000 scholarships will be presented through the efforts of the MPA Scholarship Golf Tournament.

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