BRISTOL – The Board of Education at its June meeting bid farewell to three of its student representatives: Lori Chen and Logan Zdun, who just graduated from Bristol Eastern High School, and Abby Tijhuan Grant-Christie who graduated from Bristol Central High School.
Superintendent Susan Moreau presented Chen and Zdun with the Bristol All Heart Student Leadership Award for their time with the board. Grant-Christie was not present.
Hopefully, every time you look at the award you’ll think of the confidence you got from being able to stand up and speak to the board, and on camera for Nutmeg Television, Moreau said.
Chris Wilson, board chair, invited them to come back eventually to talk about their freshman year at college.
“Sometime in the second semester if you’re home for a weekend, come and visit us. Tell us how your experience went,” he said. “How did we do as a school system getting you ready? If we have any shortcomings, tell us. If we have some successes you can tell us about that too.”
“You guys have been great all year. Some of the presentations you’ve provided to us have been above and beyond what the role of the student representatives has been, and I hope you have created a foundation and we can build it from there. You should be very proud of yourselves,” he added.
The board also recognized Zdun for being part of a student team that won in the Community News category at the Fox 61 Student News Awards, for their video feature “Connecticut Seniors “Strike” Again in Wii Bowling Competition.”
Noah Bernier, Giovanna Costantiello, Anna Santacroce, and Adam Caron, all from BEHS, were also part of the team.
Zdun was the on-air talent in the feature, interviewing Jason Krueger, assistant director at the Bristol Senior Center, about the 15 teams that participated in the Wii Individual State Bowling Championship there.
Moreau noted “it’s no surprise that Logan wants to major in journalism and communications.”
The very outgoing Zdun said he was encouraged to do the project by psychology teacher Creighton Paquette, “because she knew how I was with audiences and crowds.”
He and his fellow students decided the Wii tournament was “a great opportunity to show intergenerational activities among seniors and students.”
“We spent from 9 to 2 filming that,” he said. “It was so exciting to see how everything is filmed, how everything is produced. I didn’t realize how much goes into it.”
For winning in their category, each student got a plaque, the school got one too, and the students split a $2,500 scholarship, he said.
“And then I was talking to other news anchors when they were watching the video and they were like ‘you have the it factor,’” he said, drawing laughter at the meeting. “That was my prize, so I was just like ‘this is a good day.’”
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.