NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Wooster School has recognized New Fairfield eighth-grader Morgan Pagel for her outstanding citizenship.
"If you are really dedicated and love what you do, then you will see yourself improve and achieve anything you set out to do. This I believe," Morgan had written.
"The dedication, passion and commitment that this student brings to whatever she sets her mind to, combined with compassion and benevolence, is both inspiring and heartening to know that she is part of our school community," Middle School Dean of Students Sarah Rand noted.
Morgan received high praise from her teachers. Here are two examples:
"This student has struck a nice balance between social and learning environments. She works hard, is quick to think of the needs of others and is a good listener. ... She is kind, peaceable, generous with her time, aware of the feelings of others and greets me with a smile whenever she catches my eye. The number of times she has lifted my spirits in the upstairs hallway this year cannot be counted. Sometimes even teachers are in danger of having a tough day and she makes it easy to remember how fun and rewarding it is just to be among schoolchildren."
Once, Morgan recognized that a new student perhaps needed some guidance, sat down beside her and talked her through the day's lesson. "I don't know whether or not Morgan fully understood the importance of that gesture. She saw a need and acted on it, without being asked, without expectation of reward. Morgan exemplifies the values that make our school so precious."
"One of my most recent favorite quotes is, 'Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change. Kindness that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our natures,'" Rand said. "Morgan's determination and grit combined with her selfless generosity, kindness and compassion, makes her not only a role model, but a leader among the eighth-grade student body. I am very honored to recognize Morgan Pagel for her outstanding citizenship in our Middle School community."