NORTH ADAMS — Olivia Carlson in November was honored as the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Certificate of Academic Excellence. She is the daughter of Darryl and Patricia Carlson of Stamford, Vt.
This singular honor is conferred annually on the highest ranking high school senior; a student who has distinguished himself or herself in the pursuit of excellence. "Olivia is a worthy nominee," school officials wrote.
Olivia Carlson will graduate first in her class at Drury High School, with an overall grade point average of 101.8. She has applied early decision to Williams College and intends to major in biochemistry with a concentration in Spanish.
Last summer, Carlson completed an internship in a lab at Williams College and worked full time for a landscaping company.
She was chosen as a student ambassador in grades 11 and 12, assisting with Move-Up Days and helping to plan the school's "Showcase to Success." She volunteers as a youth basketball coach for the Whitney Basketball League and is a member of the District Attorney's Youth Advisory Board where she is part of a youth panel that addresses social concerns for youth in Berkshire County.
Carlson has been a member of the varsity track, soccer and basketball teams and was elected captain as a junior in track and soccer. She has also been a student ambassador for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
Her other activities have included being a member of the Student Council, Pep Club, Senior Tribute Committee, Prom Committee, the Nu Sigma and Pro Merito Honor Societies. She has also received the Principal's Award, which is presented to the top five students in the class, in grades 9, 10 and 11.