Hawleyite Amelie Rowehl Is Named MTRS 2021 Superintendent’s Award Recipient

THE MOHAWK TRAIL REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PROUD  to announce that Amelie Rowehl, of the Town of Hawley, is the Mohawk Trail Regional School’s 2021 Superintendent’s Award recipient.

Rowehl is a stand-out in her class as a committed student, athlete, and valued member of the community. Ranked first in her class with a 4.54 grade point average, Rowehl consistently challenges herself both in-and-outside the classroom taking Advanced Placement courses while balancing school, sports, and working at her family business. 

An avid skier, Rowehl has been a valued member of the MTRS alpine ski team since seventh grade. She’s also an active member of the school’s Social Justice Club and National Honor Society, and currently is planning for college post-graduation. With her sights currently set on Wellesley or Mount Holyoke College, she already has been accepted to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her ultimate goal is to major in political science and one day attend law school to become an immigration lawyer. 

“I’m really honored to be a recipient,” said Rowehl. “I’ve been working hard throughout my high school career and to receive this recognition . . . it felt really rewarding. There are so many students in my class who have worked hard and I feel really lucky to be recognized; that people noticed all the hard work I’ve put in.”

Rowehl said she’s among a group of hard-working and committed MTRS students and credits them for helping to push her in her studies. 

“I have amazing classmates,” she said. “The top five in our class all heavily contributed to my commitment to school and challenged my ways of thinking.”

Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont Regional School Districts Superintendent Sheryl Stanton said Rowehl is an excellent example of how hard work, dedication, and determination can help students achieve their goals and be the best version of themselves. 

“Amelie is a student who consistently took advantage of the opportunities at her fingertips while at Mohawk Trail Regional School and pushed herself toward academic excellence,” said Stanton. “She’s a shining example of the type of students we have in our schools and we are so proud to have her represent our district this year as a Superintendent’s Award recipient.”

Thinking back on her time at MTRS, Rowehl said she is grateful for her teachers and classmates for helping to make her into the person she is today and for the opportunities available to her while at MTRS.

“They offer a variety of classes—there are AP classes in almost every class which really helped to prepare me for the challenges ahead,” said Rowehl. “The teachers at MTRS are definitely special; they’re supportive, flexible, and helpful.”

While Rowehl likes to credit so many people for helping her to achieve her academic success, those around her attest to her academic dedication and overall work commitment; a true asset to the school and community.  

“Amelie is an outstanding member of our school community,” said Mohawk Trail Regional School Principal Marisa Mendonsa. “Her commitment to our school community through her participation in athletics, clubs, as well as her strong academic output and focus on issues of social justice, make her an excellent candidate for this award. We are incredibly proud of her accomplishments and the legacy she has left at MTRS.” 

MTRS College and Career Counselor Sara Neuenschwander agrees, noting Rowehl’s work ethic both in the classroom and beyond is to be commended.

“Her level of academic achievement is exceptional,” said Sara Neuenschwander. “She is remarkable in her work ethic, giving 110 percent and more to every class, activity, or sport; and she is just as dedicated to her family, friends and work.”

Rowehl is a proud member of the Mohawk Trail Regional School Class of 2021 and will graduate as valedictorian in June.

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