On Nov. 20, 2013, Guilford High School (GHS) seniors Brian C. Wolek and Gabrielle M. Sejourne received the Connecticut Association of School Superintendents Award for their community service and service to others, academic prowess, and leadership service to the school community. The students were honored with peers from other communities at a luncheon at the Saybrook Point Inn in Old Saybrook. Pictured are GHS Principal Rick Misenti, Wolek, Sejourne, and Guilford Superintendent of Schools Paul Freeman.
Sejourne is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Latin Honor Society. She is an AP Scholar, GHS Scholar-Athlete, and Southern Connecticut Conference All-Academic Team selection. Sejourne serves on the high school's Athletic Leadership Council, is a Board of Education student representative, and she has served on the Selection Committee during the interview process for a new assistant principal. Her coaches and peers have recognized Sejourne's leadership qualities, naming her captain for both the varsity soccer and indoor track teams and electing her student senate co-president. She is also a member of the orchestra, in which she plays the violin and serves as the orchestra's librarian. With so much school involvement, she still finds time throughout the year and summer to volunteer in the community, and her selection to serve as a summer research associate in internal medicine at Yale University's Cantley Lab is a wonderful reminder of Sejourne's desire to have a positive impact on the lives of others. Sejourne plans to attend an East Coast school and pursue a career in the medical field.
Wolek's strong and successful academic experiences, coupled with his tremendous leadership and service to both Guilford High School and the community, have made him a leader among his peers. Wolek is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He sits as principal trombone in the high school symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, and jazz band, and, when Wolek is not in class, this scholar athlete rows on the high school's crew team, for which he serves as team captain. Recently, Wolek achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. This prestigious honor was a result of Wolek's hundreds of volunteer community service hours, culminating in his supervision and participation in the construction of a playground for a local church youth program. His selection to the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scout's honor society, exemplifies this young man's character and values. Wolek plans to attend a school in New England and pursue a career in mechanical engineering.