The Fort Fairfield Rotary Club and FortFairfield High School are partnering in a new student achievement recognition program, the Rotary Spirit Student Award Program.

While the Rotary Club’s existing scholarship award program recognizes achievement by graduating seniors, the new Rotary Spirit Student Award Program seeks to recognize student achievement throughout the school year and across grades 9 through 12. With the expanded recognition program, faculty and staff may nominate students throughout the school year to receive more real-time recognition for their work.

The program selection criteria cover academics, citizenship, and personal development. Emphasis is placed upon working to ones potential, making significant progress in the classroom, demonstrating respect towards the student body, staff and faculty, being a positive role model to one’s peers, and volunteer efforts both within the school and the community.

The new program provides two student awards, one boy and one girl, on a bi-monthly basis, for the periods Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec, Jan/Feb, and Mar/Apr. Additionally, at the school-year end a Rotary Spirit Student of the Year is chosen from amongst the period award recipients.

During the school year, award recipients are honored at a Fort Fairfield Rotary Club breakfast where they receive a framed certificate of achievement. Their achievement is also recognized through media releases and postings on the school bulletin board and website. The Rotary Spirit Student of the Year award winner in addition to a recognition breakfast and framed certificate also receives a $300 cash award.

This year’s program is also serving as a pilot program for a similar program at the middle school level. It is envisioned that if the new program is well receive by the student body and is successful at the high school level it will be expanded to the middle school level next year, and possibly a modified version at the elementary school level the following year.

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