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Friday, December 22, 2006


David Tobin receives Superintendent's Award

David Tobin, a senior at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS), received the Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence from Concord-Carlisle Regional School Superintendent Brenda Finn last week at the Regional School Committee meeting. The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents recognizes outstanding students who have distinguished themselves by high academic achievement over the course of four years. Kimberly Miner of Concord also received the award.

David Tobin (File photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

Finn said David learned about the natural world from his father, Steve, by clearing trails in Carlisle on weekends. From his mother, Nancy Hartle, he learned the importance of tolerance and respect for others. David learned by doing in the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts. "Scouts has provided him with the opportunity to exercise leadership. It assisted him to grow in confidence and to learn how to work effectively with others David has also excelled at soccer, cross-country skiing and running."

Principal Art Dulong added more comments. David's guidance counselor wrote, "Academically, David is unparalleled." One of his teacher's wrote, "He is one of the best of the 2,000 students I have taught." Dulong added, "From my own point of view spanning nearly 37 years, I can say I have never seen a transcript teeming with so many A+ grades. His academic prowess has won him 17 Departmental Awards, meaning he has earned this honor in nearly every class he has taken."

David is also a three-season athlete who has won varsity letters in four different sports. In addition to sports and academics, David has volunteered for two years with the Food Project which helps urban people learn to grow and prepare food.

One of David's classmates described him "as an academic machine who is one of the nicest people I know."

As for his future, Finn said, "David's top choice is Stanford, with Princeton and Yale also as interests. David said he is looking for 'a community of people who are highly motivated but not singularly focused.'"

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