Kearsarge Regional High School Announces June Student of the Month

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Tessa Marinello, a student from Kearsarge Regional High School, was named student of the month for June. (Photo courtesy of Kearsarge Regional School District)

NEW LONDON – Superintendent Winfried Feneberg is pleased to announce Kearsarge Regional High School’s Student of the Month for June.

Tessa Marinello, a second-year student from Sutton, was selected as Kearsarge Regional High School’s June Student of the Month based on faculty nominations. Faculty have described Marinello as a driven individual who is a supportive classmate, who encourages others to question themselves and challenge their understanding of complex global issues, and who is always willing to collaborate.

“Tessa is a caring student who recognizes opportunities to help others around her,” said vice principal Christopher Geraghty. “She’s not shy about a challenge and is willing to go out of her way to collaborate with peers who don’t always have the support of others.”

Students of the Month are recognized for their positive moral character and their contributions to the school community, both on and off campus.

During the 2021-2022 school year, Marinello collaborated with another student to create Kearsarge Helping Ukraine. The members created an awareness presentation about the war in Ukraine, and their fundraising efforts resulted in them sending over $1,000 to refugee relief programs. Marinello hopes to continue this group in the next school year to help other humanitarian efforts.

Marinello believes Kearsarge Regional High School has provided a good learning environment for students where they can have a partnership with their teachers. “Students can have an impact on what happens at school,” she said. “It’s important that I can talk with my teachers about how I learn and it can be a conversation where I have a voice about how I learn.”

Marinello is a well-rounded student who participates in several extracurricular activities. She is a member of the school’s basketball and football teams, plays Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball year-round, enjoys hiking and rock climbing regularly, and is a avid reader, especially of science fiction.

Although Marinello isn’t sure what career she’d like to pursue after high school, she’s sure she wants to continue helping others.

“I want to work in a field where I can apply math and science to positively impact people’s lives.” She plans to continue volunteering on a regular basis and also has a personal goal of one day writing a novel.



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