Arlington freshman chosen tops among 4 at Minuteman for term

Minuteman High School has selected four outstanding students for the first term.

Padraig Paddy Wallace 990 122617The students chosen are freshman Padraig "Paddy" Wallace of Arlington (at right), sophomore Julia Gomes of Lexington, junior Kimmee Hanson of Lancaster and senior Giacomo Zuccala of Woburn. All were given certificates in recognition of this achievement, had their photos taken and were treated to lunch with Minuteman Principal Jack Dillon in the school's student-run restaurant, The Fife & Drum.

This honor is awarded every term to one student from each grade level based on nominations from teachers. The criteria include attendance, character and improvement, according to Assistant Principal Brian Tildsley.

Wallace was nominated by his mathematics instructor, Carrie E. W. Bernstein, who is impressed by his consistently cheerful, outgoing attitude. He is majoring in biotechnology, enjoys chemistry and is thinking of attending either Georgia Tech or MIT. Wallace is interested in someday using nanotechnology to do site-specific cancer removal. He is on the Student Council and the math team and likes calligraphy, writing and poetry.

Gomes is "kind, considerate, and a true team player," according to cosmetology teacher Melissa McLaughlin. "She always strives to do her best," added McLaughlin. Gomes's favorite academic subject is mathematics. In her free time, she likes dancing and playing the ukulele. She wants to be a licensed cosmetologist and work in a salon.

Hospitality/chef instructor Anita Currier praised junior Kimmee Hanson for being "conscientious and thoughtful" as well as an "exemplary peer teacher" who brings "an upbeat perspective and positivity to the class." Her extracurriculars include Girls in STEM, singing with an a cappella group, swimming, National Honor Society and the Community Service Club.

She also likes drawing, digitalized painting, writing, cooking and baking. Her favorite academic subjects are French and English language arts. Hanson intends to apply to the Culinary Institute of America after she graduates from high school and wants to own her own cake decorating business or restaurant.

Zuccala is doing extremely well at his co-op job, notes his telecommunications instructor Rich Caruso. He is getting A's from his employer. He has had perfect attendance and both his portfolio and senior project are first-rate. Zuccala loves playing soccer, traveling in New England during the winter and snowboarding. His future goals include starting his own business and combining it with his interest in traveling. 

This news announcement was published Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.