SHEFFIELD -- The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has presented its prestigious Certificate of Academic Excellence to Mount Everett Regional High School senior Erik Derwitsch.

As the educational leader in the community, Superintendent Michael Singleton annually presents the award for academic excellence to a senior in the school district.

The award is given to high school students who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of excellence during their high school careers.

Derwitsch said he was "pretty surprised to win such a prestigious award against other great nominees."

The award process takes into account a three-year cumulative average and rank within the entire senior class. The superintendent chooses from among the top 5 percent of the senior class to make the selection.

"Erik is an exceptional student academically and is involved in numerous extra-curricular activities including sports, Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Mass. Boys State, Student Council, National Youth Leadership Forum and many other programs" said Singleton, explaining how he arrived upon selecting Derwitsch for the award.

Derwitsch credited his family "for teaching me to value education and all the teachers for helping in such a great way."

He is planning to pursue his education in mechanical engineering in the fall.


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