Watertown Girl Named Student of the Term by Minuteman High School

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Tazmin Anbar of Watertown was named one of the Students of the Term at Minuteman High School. She's pictured with her teacher Kathryn Anderson.

Tazmin Anbar of Watertown was named one of the Students of the Term at Minuteman High School. She’s pictured with her teacher Kathryn Anderson.

Minuteman High School has selected four outstanding students as Students of the Term for Term Two of the current school year, including one from Watertown, according to the school.

This honor is awarded every term to one student from each grade level based upon nominations from teachers. The criteria include exceptional academic achievement and good citizenship, according to Assistant Principal Brian Tildsley.

The students chosen are freshman Paul Gleason of Wayland, sophomore Tazmin Anbar of Watertown, junior Brodie Hawkes of Waltham and senior Catherine Maxwell of Arlington. All four were given certificates in recognition of this award, had a photo taken with the teachers who nominated them and were treated to lunch at Minuteman’s student-run restaurant, The Fife & Drum.

Paul Gleason is in the Biotechnology program and hopes to be a bioengineer someday. Science is his favorite subject. His teacher, Gary Sypteras, wrote of Paul, “In addition to working hard, he has gone beyond what is expected and continually shares chemical knowledge he has learned with me and the class.” A well-informed and enthusiastic student, Paul exhibits great eagerness to learn and often voluntarily uses his free period to discuss topics of particular interest to him with Mr. Sypteras.

Tazmin Anbar likes algebra and English, and is concentrating in Cosmetology. Her hobbies include drawing and singing. “She is an extremely hard-working, bright, and polite young woman who is a leader in our grade 10 Language Arts class,” wrote her English teacher, Kathryn Anderson. “Tazmin shows that she knows that hard work and focus will lead to her success. She consistently does some of the best work in the class, and she doesn’t stop until she gets the results she wants.” Ms. Anderson praised Tazmin’s “vocabulary and writing fluency, determination and respectful attitude.”

Brodie Hawkes, who is studying Environmental Technology, stands out because she is “the type of student every teacher loves to have in the classroom,” according to her teacher, Terry Regan. “She is quiet, attentive, respectful, and hard-working.  She stays engaged in the classwork, asks good questions, and does not have to be prompted to stay on task.” Brodie participates in classroom discussions and likes taking a leadership role in group projects. Mr. Regan also lauded her attendance and conduct. Brodie looks forward to having a career in drinking water treatment.

“Whether Catherine Maxwell is providing design, illustration, photography and video, or helping to encourage other students, her contribution helps make it a success,” stated her Design and Visual Communications teacher, Maria Galante. Ms. Galante noted Catherine’s consistently solid grades, willingness to volunteer at Minuteman events and her participation in the National Honor Society and the Drama Club. Catherine’s talent and creativity have been recognized at school and in the community. An organization called Arlington EATS recently chose a logo Catherine designed for its upcoming musical fundraiser called beats for EATS. Minuteman Principal Jack Dillon selected Catherine’s design for the school’s holiday card.

Minuteman was established in the 1970s as one of more than two dozen regional-vocational technical high schools in Massachusetts. Over the years, the school has distinguished itself by building a reputation for excellence. Minuteman students consistently excel on the larger stage and have won numerous awards at state and national competitions. Minuteman challenges all students to revolutionize their high school expectations by aspiring to their full potential, accelerating their learning, and achieving success in the 21st-century global economy.

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