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Wilton High School seniors Andrew Noonan and Lauren Robertson have been named recipients of 2018 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Student Leadership Awards for their exemplary leadership skills.

Wilton High School Associate Principal Donald Schels presented the awards to them during the Board of Education’s April 26 meeting.

Andrew Noonan


Andrew is “one of those special people that you can count on to be there when you need a friend,” Wilton High School Principal Robert O’Donnell wrote in his CABE recommendation letter, in which he described Andrew as “genuine,” “open,” “solid” and “modest.”

Not only has Andrew “made true connections with peers and adults alike,” according to O’Donnell, but he “gives of himself without expectation” and has “excellent interpersonal skills.”

“He speaks in a mature and confident manner while listening intently to the words of others. He enjoys talking with and listening to others and has the patience, maturity and intelligence to hear deeper than the spoken words,” wrote O’Donnell.

“Andrew is one of the finest representatives of the Class of 2018 and I am glad that I have had the opportunity to know him.”

Andrew was named a 2018 National Merit Commended Student and his high school transcript consists of eight advanced placement and six honors level classes.

He is a member of the high school’s Best Buddies Club and also founded a student-run tutoring service that donates money to local charities called The Learning Fund.

Andrew is also a member of the high school’s track and field team and a youth basketball coach.

Lauren Robertson


Lauren is “an impressive young woman,” wrote O’Donnell, whose “many fine qualities” include “empathy,” “loyalty” and “dedication to her friends and family.”

“Lauren is an enthusiastic learner who never backs away from an opportunity to enrich her educational experience — no matter how challenging, as evidenced by her excellent grades in very demanding courses,” wrote O’Donnell.

She has also been a member of the Wilton High School girls basketball team her entire high school career.

Not only is Lauren a “consummate team player and a leader” who “keeps her head in stressful situations and when playing against tough opponents,” wrote O’Donnell, but she’s also a “passionate volunteer,” who “strives to make the world a better place through all of her activities.”

Lauren has been involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for the past six years and has helped raise more than $30,000.

She is also a member of the Leadership Committee of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Club at Wilton High School, was nominated and elected to be a Link Crew leader, and is involved in Best Buddies.

Not only does Lauren work “extremely hard to balance all of her pursuits and maintain a consistently high grade-point-average,” wrote O’Donnell,” but she “always gives her best, even when she has struggled through an assignment or is exhausted due to a long practice.”