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Island Trees Senior Wins Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award

Brittany Wilson, a senior at Island Trees High School, has been selected for the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award for 2013. 

The Education Partner Award recognizes those individuals or organizations who have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County. A strategic education partner with local school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created this program to pay tribute to those who share its commitment to enabling students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential.

Wilson has already demonstrated the qualities of a born leader. Elected Senior Class President, Wilson is also president of the National Honor Society and the Yearbook Club, Varsity Cheerleading Team Captain, and a peer leader.

Her 90-plus grade point average has earned her a spot on the Honor Roll and in the Foreign Language Honor Society, while her overall affability and infectious spirit made her a shoe-in for Homecoming Queen.

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Wilson keeps her feet on the ground and her mind focused on helping others. Of her own accord, the ITHS senior recruited 30 of her classmates to join in Adventureland’s “Pumpkin Park,” a Halloween celebration for children in need. Wilson threw herself into the RockCANRoll food drive at our school. Not content with the goods collected at the high school, she took the drive over to the middle school and, before she was done, collected more than a thousand items for the hunger relief organization.

Wilson has also raised money for several vital causes through a variety of fundraisers, such as Dollars for Scholars, the Families of SMA Walk and the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

As a member of the Steppin’-N-Style Dance Team, she performs for residents at a number of local nursing homes, and spends several hours a week teaching young girls dance techniques, cooperative skills and self-confidence. Wilson also teaches the basics of cheerleading to aspiring young cheerleaders.

At school — when she’s not achieving in the classroom or leading outside of it —  Wilson is committed to a number of extracurricular pursuits including Student Council, Key Club, orchestra, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and Shared Decision Making, where students and faculty come together.

“Brittany is an absolutely amazing individual,” wrote her Education Partner Award nominator, Ms. Lori Christensen. “Her enthusiasm is contagious. With her altruistic spirit and devotion, Ms. Wilson touches so many lives and makes them better. She is a role model and the epitome of the perfect student.”

Honorees, including Wilson, will receive their awards at the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation’s Education Partner Awards Gala on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Submitted by the Island Trees School District.


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