Principal Susan Cressey of Kennebunk High School has announced that KHS senior Mia Murray is the recipient of the Maine Principals’ Association’s MPA Principal’s Award for 2018. The criteria for this award are academic excellence, outstanding school citizenship, and leadership. Annually, Maine high schools belonging to the MPA select one outstanding senior for this recognition.
According to Cressey, “Mia is one of the most capable, involved, and positive people in the school. She is committed to doing her best in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in her relationships with her peers and teachers.” Mia is an active member of Peer Helpers which focuses on helping all students get involved and find their place in the school. She is a member of National Honor Society, the Environmental Awareness Club and received the Smith College Book Award as a junior and the DAR award as a senior. Mia is one of the captains of the Unified Basketball Team which forms relationships between regular ed and special ed students. In 2016, she attended the Western Maine Conference Student-Athlete Summit as a representative of KHS to talk about how students can be better leaders in all aspects of life.
Mia’s International Baccalaureate (IB) History of the Americas’ teacher, Paul Gaylord, says, “Mia is not only one of the most positive role models I have had as a teacher, she is one of the best IB history students I have ever had. She is smart, dedicated, sets high standards, and meets them.” Mia’s IB Spanish teacher, Karen Moore, says, “Mia Murray is an outstanding young woman. She has it all: she’s a scholar-athlete, a warm and caring human being, a natural leader, and a positive influence on everyone she meets. Mia has a wonderful sense of humor and strikes a perfect balance in class. She is a pleasure to know and a delight to teach.”
Mia will be honored, along with recipients of the MPA Principal’s Award from all of the other high schools in Maine, at a ceremony at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on April 2.