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AUGUSTA — Jack Begin of Chelsea, a senior at Cony Middle and High School, has been selected to receive the 2021 Principal’s Award.

The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.

Principal Kim Silsby commented, “In addition to his amazing scholarship in the top 10 of the senior class, Jack has been an instrumental member of our student body. He is a student athlete and a member of numerous student organizations including the president of the Student Council, Key Club and the Class of 2021 for all four years. He has received numerous recognitions for his contributions including Dirigo Boys State, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council essay contest, HS Science Bowl, Civil Discourse leader, and the Bates College Book Award.

Silsby added that Begin “is a member of the NHS, Ramses student newspaper, Math team, HS Quiz Team, Outing Club and Spanish Club. He volunteers his time by helping to distribute clothes and food to other students, Kiwanis auction, Day of Caring, Youth Football and local food pantries. Jack is kind and compassionate and cares about the people around him. He is a highly deserving member of our student body and one who always goes beyond expectations. It has been a pleasure to have him at Cony. We are proud of all that he has accomplished and can’t wait to see what is to come,” according to the release.

Begin and Silsby and other award winners and their principals will participate in a live virtual scholarship drawing event on Friday, May 14. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be drawn in the names of former Maine principals and MPA Executive Directors: Horace McGowan, Richard Tyler, and Richard Durost.

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 which represents Maine’s school administrators.

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