CHELMSFORD, MA (Nov. 12, 2021) – Six seniors were recently honored as Chelmsford High School named its Lions Pride/Rotary Student of the Month recipients for the month of October, announced CHS Principal Stephen Murray.
Seniors Alexandra LoCoco and Marcos Hernandez were named from the Emerson House while Katrina Janakos and Daniel Schiefen were honored from the Hawthorne House, and Alyson Moore and Joseph Baker from the Whittier House.
Sponsored by the Chelmsford Rotary Club for more than 30 years, the Student of the Month program recognizes outstanding students from each of CHS’s three academic houses – Emerson House, Hawthorne House and Whittier House – for their achievements in and out of the classroom.
A member of the National Honor Society, Ms. LoCoco continues to be omnipresent on the CHS campus through athletics and her involvement in clubs and causes. A class representative since her freshman year, she currently serves as the Class Secretary and is also a member of CHS Mentors, American Sign Language (ASL) Club and the Yearbook staff.
A two-sport athlete in soccer and basketball – she recently graced the back cover of the Boston Herald – Ms. LoCoco helped lead the soccer team to a 9-5-5 season and an appearance in the MIAA State Tournament.
Outside of CHS, Ms. LoCoco is a member of the Student Panel of Children’s Hospital Boston and a member of the LOFT Leadership Program for high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language as their primary mode of communication. She is also a member of Harrington Helpers and Haunt for a Cause, and is an active coach in area youth soccer and basketball clinics.
Undecided on a college, Ms. LoCoco plans to study psychology. She is the daughter of Joe and Karen LoCoco.
A member of three national honor societies – the National Science Honor Society, National English Honor Society and the NHS – Mr. Hernandez has been a High Honor Roll student all three years at CHS. The Class of ’22 President, he remains hard at work raising funds for his class to provide memorable experiences for his classmates.
Mr. Hernandez is a member of CHS Mentors and has previously served as the school’s MIAA Student Ambassador. A two-year member of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), he was a DECA district winner his junior year.
A four-year member of the CHS baseball team, Mr. Hernandez is also a volunteer baseball clinician at GameTime Sports. He helped CHS to the second round of the MIAA State Tournament last spring.
Mr. Hernandez plans to study business in college. He is the son of Omar and Jen Hernandez.
A member of both the NHS and National French Honor Society, Ms. Janakos handles a rigorous course load while playing two sports and serving the CHS community. Currently enrolled in five AP courses – Physics, Literature and Composition, Calculus, Research and Psychology – she is known among her educators for her love of learning.
Ms. Janakos is intimately involved in several clubs and causes including Class Representatives, CHS Mentors, CHS Dean Council, TED-Ed Club (for which she serves as vice president) and the Science Team. For the past three years, she has also served as the Student Representative to the Chelmsford School Committee.
A two-sport standout, Ms. Janakos is a member of the soccer team which recently advanced to the MIAA State Tournament. She also helped the CHS Lacrosse team to the MIAA North Region Championship last spring.
Ms. Janakos plans to study pharmaceutical science when she chooses a college, and aspires to earn her doctoral degree. She is the daughter of John Janakos and Susan Baril.
Well known in the academic and musical circles at CHS, Mr. Schiefen is currently taking four AP courses (Literature and Composition, Calculus, Biology and Music Theory) and has earned a plethora of honors the last three years. He was the recipient of the Bates College Book Award (One Goal: A coach, a team and the game that brought a divided town together) as well as the AP Scholar Award, and has achieved High Honor Roll status throughout his high school tenure.
A trombonist, Mr. Schiefen is a member of the CHS Pit Orchestra (he played for the production of Pippin Nov. 18-20) and has been a four-year member of the CHS Marching Band, serving as a section leader and president. He also plays with the CHS Jazz Band, and is a talented vocalist, helping The Thursdays to the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) fourth straight Northeast Region championship and finals appearance.
Along with his academics and music, Mr. Schiefen is involved with Leaders In Motion Everywhere (LIME) and the International Relations Club. As he decides on which college to attend, Mr. Schiefen plans to study biotechnology and microbiology and to pursue a career in cancer research.
He is the son of Steve and Deidre Schiefen.
A member of four national honor societies and a three-year High Honor Roll student, Ms. Moore is a very active student on the technical side of the CHS community. She has balanced the rigors of three AP Classes – Environmental Science, Spanish and Statistics – along with Honors Anatomy and Physiology, and has been inducted in each of the NHS, English, Science and World Language honor societies.
Ms. Moore spends considerable time on the stage and technical crews of CHS Fine and Performing Arts productions including Chicago, Alice in Wonderland, Off the Trail, Honk and the upcoming production of Pippin (Nov. 18-20), for which she is the master electrician. Along with her technical commitments, she also finds time to be a Freshman Mentor and to serve on ELL Transfer Student Board.
Outside of CHS, Ms. Moore serves as a youth teacher for her local church and assists with weekly services. Undecided on a college, she plans to pursue nursing.
She is the daughter of David and Beth Moore.
Also a member of four national honor societies and a three-year High Honor Roll student, Mr. Baker is a standout athlete and active student in clubs and causes on and off the CHS campus. Currently, he is enrolled in high level courses such as AP Calculus and Spanish, Honors Physics and Senior Odyssey among others. In June, he was named the recipient of the St. Michael’s College Book Award (Lulu in the Sky).
Not only is Mr. Baker a member of the hockey team, but he is also involved in the CHS Mentor Program and, outside of CHS, spends significant time volunteering with Chelmsford Youth Hockey, Habitat for Humanity and his church.
The son of Joe and Cara Baker, he has yet to decide on a college.
About Chelmsford Public Schools
The Chelmsford Public School District provides all students with multiple pathways to optimize their own potential for academic excellence, leadership, and social and emotional wellness. The mission of the Chelmsford Public Schools is to educate, engage, prepare, and empower well-rounded and knowledgeable learners to PERSEVERE through challenges, demonstrate RESPECT and INTEGRITY in their words and actions, are DEDICATED to their community, and display EMPATHY as global citizens while discovering and pursuing their full potential. This PRIDE-driven culture enables all members of the school community to support the growth and development of students. For more information, please visit www.chelmsfordschools.org.