This year, 364 students from 42 towns across Vermont and 11 countries were enrolled at Rice Memorial High School. Six Rice students from Shelburne were recognized for their academic, musical, and artistic achievements at the school’s annual Underclassmen Awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 6.
Every year, the Principal’s Personal Achievement Award recognizes one student from each of the four classes at Rice for their commitment to becoming a better person and making Rice a better place. These students are making significant contributions to the Rice community. Shelburne’s Paige Levinsky received the Freshman Principal’s Personal Achievement Award.
Natalie Oberding, a rising-junior was presented The Sophomore Excellence in Visual Arts Award which is for a student who brings to her artistic endeavors a unique vision, knowledge of materials, and rich imagination.
The Multimedia awards of achievement are presented to Rice Multimedia students who have consistently demonstrated growth, excellence and innovation in the digital multimedia arts of photography, graphic design, and digital filmmaking. Rising-senior Emily Elderton received the Advanced Graphic Design award. Michael Morrissey, a rising-junior received the Digital Filmmaking award.
Rising-senior Rachel Healey received the Saint Michael’s College Scholarship and Book Award for her demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and leadership in her community service endeavors. She will also represent Rice at Boys’ and Girls’ State .
Rising-sophomore, Elizabeth O’Donnell was recognized for her participation in the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association.
The school boasts a 13:1 student/teacher ratio and offers an aggressive college preparatory curriculum. Ninety percent of graduating seniors are accepted and attend four-year colleges and universities. Founded in 1959, Rice Memorial High School’s mission is to guide its students to discover their God-given potential by learning how to recognize and develop their gifts, love learning, serve others, and seek God.