CHELMSFORD, MA (Apr. 21, 2022) – Six seniors were recently honored as Chelmsford High School named its Lions Pride/Rotary Student of the Month recipients for the month of March, announced CHS Principal Stephen Murray.
Seniors Ganesh Danke and Julia Pitts were named from the Emerson House while Adam Lizine and Sara Silva were honored from the Hawthorne House, and Sofia Balan and Chloe Molinari 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.
Along with induction into five national honor societies, Mr. Danke has been the recipient of a plethora of honors over his years at CHS. Along with the National Honor Society, he is a member of English, Spanish and Science honor societies and the National Speech and Debate Honor Society.
Additionally, he is a National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with distinction and has captured three major science honors: the Harvard Undergraduate Science Olympiad, Massachusetts Science Olympiad, and the First Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award.
A High Honor Roll student in each of his semesters, Mr. Danke has also won awards with his involvement in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) where he is a three-year district champion and two-year state champion in the category of Startup Business Plan. He was also a finalist at both the HackNEHS Hackathon and the MIT Sea Grant Blue Lobster Bowl science competition.
Mr. Danke currently serves as captain of the Math Team and is also a member of the science and robotics teams, and Class Representatives. He has furthered his CHS experience with multiple internships: two years with the Chelmsford Technology Department Summer Tech Internship and the MITRE Corporation.
Off campus, Mr. Danke is an Eagle Scout with BSA Troop 75 and has been working on an effort to create compliant trails locally for people with disabilities.
Mr. Danke plans to attend Northeastern University in the fall where he will major in computer science. He is the son of Manjiri and Mahesh Danke.
An accomplished student and athlete, Ms. Pitts is enrolled in rigorous courses such as AP Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, Physics, Calculus, and International Relations among others. A High Honor Roll standout, she is a member of three national honor societies: the NHS, National Spanish Honor Society and National English Honor Society.
A decorated athlete, Ms. Pitts has represented CHS in three sports – lacrosse, basketball, and field hockey – and helped lead the lacrosse team to the Merrimack Valley Conference championship and the MIAA Tournament semifinal round in 2021. Along the way, she earned All-Scholastic honors from The Boston Globe and The Sun; All-MVC status and the Ken Boward Award from Chelmsford Youth Lacrosse (CYL). She was also an MVC all-star in field hockey and was named the recipient of the Coach’s Award.
Along with athletics, Ms. Pitts is involved with several clubs and causes at CHS including Class Representatives, the Deans Council and CHS Mentors. She also volunteers with CYL and Chelmsford Youth Field Hockey as well as St. Mary’s Church Soups and Stations.
Undecided on a college, Ms. Pitts plans to study marketing. She is the daughter of Edward and Kelly Pitts.
An Honor Roll student who is a fixture in the campus community, Mr. Lizine excels in courses such as Precalculus, Physics, Architecture, Woodworking and Resiliency Mentoring. Outside of the classroom, he involved with the Freshmen Mentor program and serves as an academic coach through the CHS Resiliency program.
A three-sport athlete, Mr. Lizine is a captain of both the ice hockey and baseball teams and is also a member of the golf team. He also serves as a volunteer youth coach at Gametime Sports and Fitness in Lowell and is involved with St. Mary’s Church as well as the Rotary Youth Leadership program.
Though undecided on a college, Mr. Lizine is currently deciding between Drexel, University of New Hampshire, and North Carolina State. He is the son of Robert and Brenda Lizine.
Omnipresent on both the campus and Chelmsford communities, Ms. Silva has expertly balanced a challenging course load which has earned her induction into three national honor societies: the NHS, English and World Languages.
Ms. Silva is currently enrolled in three AP courses (Literature and Composition, Research and Psychology) as well as Precalculus, Physics, Creative Writing and Early Childhood 3. She has consistently achieved Honor Roll status.
Her campus involvement includes the CHS Theatre Guild, for which she specializes in costume design; Color Guard and the Freshmen Mentor program, the latter for which she serves as a board member. Outside of CHS, she is a volunteer at the Lighthouse School as a teaching assistant and has also donated her time to the McCarthy Middle School Family Fun Night and the Chelmsford Recycle Day.
Ms. Silva will study Human Development and Early Education at Merrimack College this fall. She is the daughter of Julio Silva and Maria Santos.
A three-time National Honor Society honoree – NHS, World Languages and English – Ms. Balan is currently enrolled in challenging courses such as AP Spanish, AP American Government and AP Psychology in addition to Calculus, Senior Odyssey, and Principles of Engineering (PLTW).
A three-sport athlete, Ms. Balan has competed in 11 varsity seasons with the lacrosse, ice hockey and field hockey teams, the former which she helped lead to the MVC regular season title and MIAA Tournament semifinal round last spring. She is serving as the captain of this season’s lacrosse team. Off campus, she volunteers her time with the Chelmsford youth lacrosse and youth field hockey programs.
Ms. Balan plans to study business at either Syracuse University or the University of New Hampshire and later to pursue marketing. She is the daughter of David and Nina Balan.
A High Honor Roll student in each semester, Ms. Molinari is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and the World Languages Honor Society. Currently, she is enrolled in three AP courses – Environmental Science, Psychology and Spanish – as well as Quantitative Reasoning and Senior Odyssey, among others.
Ms. Molinari currently serves on the Freshman Mentor Executive Board and has been a four-year member of the Swim and Dive team, earning All-MVC honors and serving as captain this season. Off campus, she is a volunteer with St. Mary’s Church.
Ms. Molinari will attend the University of Vermont to study environmental engineering. She is the daughter of Jim and Renee Molinari.
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.