Emily Magnant ’22 Named MSAA North Region Student of the Year
Ms. Magnant earns $500 scholarship, will attend UMass this fall
CHELMSFORD, MA (June 1, 2022) – Emily Magnant, a member of the Chelmsford High School Class of 2022, was named the North Region Student of the Year by the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association National Honor Society Committee, the MSAA announced Friday.
Ms. Magnant was one of three students honored by the MSAA’s NHS Committee. Taylor Green of Bellingham H.S. was named the Central Region Student of the Year while Quinn Walton of Wahconah H.S. was named the Student of the Year for Massachusetts. The honors recognize students who reach the highest standard in scholarship, leadership, character, and service.
Ms. Magnant, who will attend the University of Massachusetts this fall, received a $500 scholarship as well as a commemorative plaque, presented recently at the CHS Career and College Readiness Center.
“Emily perfectly embodies the four pillars of the National Honor Society – scholarship, leadership, service, and character,” said Mathematics educator Katherine Doulamis, co-advisor to the CHS National Honor Society along with Leah Gaffney. “Emily is responsible to a degree rarely found in her generation (or my own). As the co-advisor to National Honor Society, I could always count on her for any task no matter how mundane.”
Ms. Magnant was honored for her numerous contributions to CHS, most notably her commitment to student mental health by way of her Mindfulness Matters Project. Conceived and organized in 2020, the Project consisted of staging several mindfulness-related activities throughout the school year including a financial workshop for students and monthly therapy dog visits from She’s a Keeper. Additionally, she held a ‘Mindfulness Day’ which included yoga sessions, coloring sheets, music and positive notes.
Ms. Magnant also secured a $500 grant from LiveSmart Group with the help of Katie Simes, PreK-12 Health, Physical Education and Family and Consumer Sciences Coordinator, which will be used to purchase stickers and decals with positive messaging to be placed around the high school.
Along with her work with the Mindfulness Matters Club, Ms. Magnant serves as the Corresponding Secretary of CHS’s National Honor Society and has helped organize food and towel drives for the Chelmsford Food Pantry as well as The Wish Project. She also volunteers at The Paul Center, a camp for disabled children in Chelmsford, and the Chelmsford Friends of the Library.
“Emily does not serve for personal recognition,” Ms. Doulamis added. “She serves because it is the right thing to do. Her strong work ethic is surpassed only by her sterling character.”
Ms. Magnant spent her Senior Capstone experience studying the effects of public information on financial, mental, and physical well-being of the public for K-12 Science Coordinator Jon Morris and Hawthorne House Dean Joshua Blagg. She has maintained a 4.27 cumulative average (out of 5.0) while enrolled in AP courses and the Biotechnology dual enrollment course with Middlesex Community College.
Ms. Magnant plans to study pre-medicine at UMass. She is the daughter of Keith and Elissa Magnant.
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.