Four students from the Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) were recognized for their hard work, organization of events, and commitment to the community during the months of December and January.
Nora Leach of Groton was named the Student of the Month for December. Leach works towards forwarding the mission of the school with the coordination of the outreach program at St. Patrick School in Lowell every month. During the holidays, she also initiated, organized, planned, and recruited volunteers to participate in a visit to The Atrium at Drum Hill for the Mission and Ministry Christmas Service Project. The initiative inspired the Activities Director at The Atrium so that it has now become a monthly service project.
December’s Distinguished Senior honor was bestowed upon Caitlin Ryan of Groton, for her service, sports and leadership activity. In addition to representing the 1804 Society at Emmanuel College’s leadership conferences every year, Ryan is also a member of the National Honor (NHS) and Spanish Honor Societies, has served as vice president of her class for three years, and is a 14-season athlete participating on the Swim, Basketball and Track teams. The school's first six-year swimmer also shares her talents in the pool, volunteering with the Special Olympics as a swim teacher. Ryan is a strong leader with an excellent work ethic who sets a good example with her willingness to pitch in and lend a hand when needed.
Erin Doughty of North Andover was honored as Student of the Month for January for her work with Mission & Ministry. As retreat coordinator, Doughty helped plan and organize this year’s junior retreat and showed her dedication by becoming a Eucharistic Minister and offering support on a regular basis for liturgies and prayer services. Her faith and thoughtfulness shines on many occasions, as she demonstrates inclusivity and kindness to everyone around her. Doughty is also a three-season athlete who sings the national anthem at volleyball and basketball games. Many faculty members have been touched by her random acts of kindness.
The Distinguished Senior for January was awarded to Anoutsa Latsapanya of Lowell, for her exemplary volunteerism. Latsapanya selflessly gives her time and energy to organizations, such as the humane society, Saint Patrick’s Church and Rosie’s Place. She is an NHS Student Ambassador to Catie’s Closet and organized the recent NHS trip to volunteer there. Latsapanya also serves as an NHS tutor and is a member of the Glee and A Capella clubs as well as the Drama Guild.