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CBHS Senior Wins MPA Principal's Award

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CBHS Senior Wins MPA Principal's Award
Posted on 03/30/2015
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Kim Henry, a senior at Casco Bay High School (CBHS), has been selected to receive the 2015 Principal's Award. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals' Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior's academic achievement and citizenship.

Kim and other award winners and their principals will attend an Honors Luncheon at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Saturday, April 11.

“Kim Henry's greatness is pretty easy to spot. Her intelligence, wit and panache are readily apparent,” said CBHS Principal Derek Pierce.

He said that Kim is an outstanding student. For example, Pierce said, last spring “she was the only person in her talented class with a 4.0 GPA – including an A in a college psychology course.” This school year, he said, “Kim continues to have a stellar senior year.”

Pierce said Kim has “capitalized on the distinct opportunities available in our small, young and progressive high school, a Mentor School in the national Expeditionary Learning network.”

Her accomplishments include her senior research expedition in which she researched media representations of African-Americans. For her “slice of the solution,” she hosted a “Black Stories Matter” event in February. Kim said, “The goal is to show the community examples of talented, funny, and most importantly multi-faceted black students. In addition to that I want to give the black students a platform to share their stories, and counter the media perpetuated idea that their stories don't matter.”

In another example that Pierce cited, Kim worked last year “with a small team of peers to craft a professional-quality,  multimedia oral history about Evonti, a sophomore in the Rockaways whose home was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. She also joined her classmates for a week in helping to resurrect ravaged structures in the Rockaway community.”

Kim is also an accomplished performer, Pierce said. In January, she sang a solo, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free,” in front of several thousand gathered for the city's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Concert at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, and she has performed “with charm and sophistication” in school plays.

At the Honors Luncheon, Kim and other students will be recognized with the presentation of an individual plaque. Also five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in the names of Horace O. McGowan and Richard W. Tyler – both former Maine principals and executive directors of the association. This year, an additional five $1,000 scholarships will be presented through the efforts of the MPA Scholarship Golf Tournament.

The Principal's Award is presented in Maine public and private high schools by member principals of the MPA, the professional association that represents Maine's school administrators.