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Millbrook Middle School honors student achievements

Over 50 Millbrook Middle School students received roaring applause from their teachers, families and classmates when they were honored with various awards during a ceremony on June 3 in the school auditorium. 

Awards were given in various areas including digital literacy, world languages and science for grades 6_8. Over 100 people were in attendance to applaud the students, including Millbrook CSD Superintendent Laura Mitchell and members of the Board of Education. 

Principal Steven Cabello acknowledged every student, award winners or not, for being resilient and for the hard work they put in to make it a great school year. He also thanked parents, teachers and staff for all their efforts.

“Every single person in here, including the families that support them, have done an incredible job being flexible,” Cabello said. “Congratulations to everyone.”

This year marked the first time the awards were back in person, but school staff kept a feature from the 2020 and 2021 virtual ceremonies – a slideshow of the students’ pictures accompanied by the awards they received. Cabello found this enhanced the ceremony for families. 

“For the kids to see who that person is up on the big screen, is a really cool thing,” Cabello said. “They’ve done a lot to earn it, so it’s important.” 

Five awards were given to 7th grader Nina Lapine. She did not anticipate getting so many, but was proud to receive them, especially the math award.

“It’s something I work on a lot and I work hard,” Lapine said in regards to math. “It’s good for my 7th grade year, I’m hoping to be good next year too.” 

Eighth grader Dylan Vasquez was happy to receive both the Outstanding Student and Technology Education awards, especially the latter because he is very interested in engineering. 

“It feels good to end the year like this and middle school like this,” Vasquez said. “I’m very glad I got them.”

Sixth grader Madelyn Sundlof was happy to receive both the Outstanding Student and Principal’s List awards – two honors she thinks would look good on a college application. Her parents were incredibly proud of her efforts. 

“I didn’t even know I was getting it,” Sundlof said. “I was really excited and surprised.”