CHELMSFORD, MA (Feb. 18, 2022) – Six seniors were recently honored as Chelmsford High School named its Lions Pride/Rotary Student of the Month recipients for the month of January, announced CHS Principal Stephen Murray.
Seniors Shoumik Kundu and Ashton Roxas were named from the Emerson House while Maddie Priestly and Theodor Farag were honored from the Hawthorne House, and Brianna Figueroa and Nosa Osaretin 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.
Currently enrolled in five AP courses, Mr. Kundu’s success in the classroom has resulted in him serving as a CHS National Honor Society board member. Along with his challenging academic workload, he is also a member of CHS Mentors, both the Math and Science teams and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). Additionally, he placed fifth at the 2021 first annual First Robotics Championship in Detroit last fall.
A student of innovation, Mr. Kundu developed a prototype app which located first aid kits using Google Maps geolocations. He presented his app at the Amgen Equal Opportunities National Hackathon in late October.
Outside of high school, Mr. Shoumik holds several jobs, including working as First Lego League coach, which promotes hands-on STEM learning. Along with working at Panera Bread and as a referee for the U.S. Soccer Initiative, he volunteers at the Chelmsford Public Library and is an IT intern at Chelmsford Public Schools.
Mr. Shoumik plans to pursue mechanical engineering in college. He is the son of Suchismita and Soumendra Kundu.
A member of the National Spanish Honor Society, Mr. Roxas has earned High Honor Roll status for three straight years while enrolled in coursework such as AP Statistics, AP Computer Science, Physics, Calculus and Senior Odyssey, among others.
Along with his rigorous studies, Mr. Roxas has been a volunteer with the community/campus services-based GIVE Club and LIME as well as the Door Project, a student-run beautification effort. He is also a two-sport athlete, competing with the CHS swim and dive team and the volleyball team.
With hobbies such as photography, cooking and biking, Mr. Roxas also plays guitar and piano. He plans to attend UMass Lowell this fall to study computer science.
Mr. Roxas is the son of Ritchie and Aura Roxas.
Ms. Priestly has been a regular on CHS’s High Honor Roll while thriving in challenging courses such as AP Psychology, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Calculus and Nutrition. She has earned induction into both the National Honor Society and Spanish NHS.
Along with her success in the classroom, Ms. Priestly is a three-sport standout in field hockey as well as indoor and outdoor track and field. She led the field hockey team (12-7-1) to the MIAA Division I Tournament second round and received several honors including All-Merrimack Valley Conference first team as well as Boston Globe All-Scholastic Honorable Mention.
Ms. Priestly is also a member of CHS’s 4X400 meter relay team which recently placed sixth at the MSTCA Division 2 Championship (4:24.36) and qualified for the Nike Indoor Nationals on Staten Island, NY, Mar. 11-13.
With the little time Ms. Priestly has remaining, she has served the CHS community as a Freshman Mentor as well as a mentor in the Resiliency Program, which helps students with executive functioning and study skills. She is also a member of the GIVE Club, Class Representatives and Best Buddies. Off campus, she volunteers with Chelmsford Youth Field Hockey as an assistant coach and referee, and as a youth volunteer with the St. John’s Parish.
Ms. Priestly will attend the University of Vermont this fall, where she plans to study business administration and play field hockey for the Catamounts. She is the daughter of Ted and Melanie Priestly.
A High Honor Roll student each term, Mr. Farag is also a two-sport athlete and active volunteer in the Chelmsford community. A member of three national honor societies – NHS, Science and Spanish – he has thrived in courses such as AP Calculus, AP Psychology, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Biotechnology 2, and Organic Chemistry, among others.
Athletically, Mr. Farag is an All-Merrimack Valley Conference first team volleyball standout and helped the Lions to an 11-1 clip, the MVC title and an appearance in the MIAA Division 2 Tournament quarterfinal last spring. He has also been a four-year member of the basketball team, serving as a captain this season.
Mr. Farag is active in his church as a summer camp crew leader, religious education teacher and is a leader within the East Coast Spiritual Festivity, the latter for which he served a mission in Texas last summer.
Undecided on a college, Mr. Farag plans to study neuroscience or biochemistry and to enter medical school to study neurology. He is the son of Ryad Farag and Ereen Mikhael.
A member of four national honor societies – NHS, Science, World Languages and English – Ms. Figueroa has thrived in a demanding course load that includes four AP classes. She is currently enrolled in AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Literature and Composition, AP Biology, AP Psychology and Calculus among other courses.
Along with academics, Ms. Figueroa spends her time as a volunteer with the GIVE Club, Class Representatives, Freshman Mentor Program (serving as Vice President of the Executive Board) and the Dance Team, for which she serves as captain. Outside of CHS, she is also involved with several local church groups.
Ms. Figueroa will attend Northeastern this fall and plans to major in nursing and continue competing in dance with the NU Dance Team. She is the daughter of Obdulio and Yliana Figueroa.
An honor student in each of his terms at CHS, Mr. Osaretin is a member of the National World Languages Honor Society and a student musician.
Mr. Osaretin is currently taking two AP courses – AP Calculus AB and AP Spanish – along with Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Senior Odyssey, Management, Power of Choice and Band. A saxophonist, he is a section leader in the CHS Marching Band.
A native of Ohio, he plans to return to the Buckeye state to attend Ohio State University this fall where he will major in biomedical engineering. He is the son of Idahosa Osaretin and Lisa Evelinn.
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.