NDA Honors Five Students
TYNGSBORO -- Five students from the Academy of Notre Dame were recognized for their hard work, organization of events, and commitment to the community during the months of October and November.
Danielle Wuerdeman of Hollis, N.H., was named Student of the Month for October. While she prefers to not be in the limelight, Danielle is an efficient organizer who makes her mark behind the scenes. For Ring Day, a celebration for juniors becoming upperclasswomen, she played a significant role in preparing and planning for the event months in advance. Thanks to her efforts and that of her committee, all of the event details were tied up ahead of schedule.
Bridget Ryan of Groton is October’s Distinguished Senior of the Month. Bridget spent most of her summer tirelessly working on behalf of NDA. In July, she attended the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Student Leadership Conference. When she returned, she painted the school store and began to plan all-school activities for Student Council and Mission and Ministry. Also, she did preparation work for National Honor Society, all while attending preseason training for soccer. It is not overlooked that Bridget fully dedicates her time and efforts to every activity, club or team of which she is a member.
Mai Detzel of Burlington is the Student of the Month for November. Mai supports NDA’s hallmarks through her creativity and kindness. She helped create a sense of support in the NDA community by writing affirmations and posting them around campus. Her efforts come from pure kindness and consideration of others, and they encourage positive self-esteem among students and staff.
Jillian Wright of Nashua, N.H., and Sam Gouveia of Tewksbury share recognition as November’s Distinguished Seniors of the Month for their selfless and compassionate efforts in helping those in need. Together, Jillian and Sam planned and executed one of the most successful Red Cross blood drives NDA has ever seen, filling a need in the community during a severe blood shortage. The Red Cross reported that it was the most successful blood drive on that day. The girls recruited 43 donors, 25 of whom were first-timers, and 33 total units of blood were collected. Their collection alone helped almost 100 people in need.