By: Francis Raboy
May 26, 2015
On April 30th, the annual Service Integrity Leadership Spirit Award, SILS, was celebrated at the Woburn Crowne Plaza in Woburn. Every year, two junior students, a male and a female, from twelve towns, represent their schools with high spirit, integrity and leadership. They are chosen by their principal to receive this distinguished accolade.
Dr.Janger said, “[We were] looking for excellent students, kids who are involved in all parts of the school… excellent students that are very engaged and that contribute a lot to the school and uphold the highest ideals of what the school is about.”
In 2015, Daniel “Danny” Hallice and Mallory Defeo became the annual recipients of the award. Both were awarded a medal of accomplishment, engraved on the front “SILS”, their name and school on the back.
Upon arriving, the students were given an opportunity to mingle and discuss other towns community events. To which Defeo said, “Meeting the other juniors who received this award and hearing all about what they had done for their communities inspires me to continue and further my activities in our community.” Recipients and administrators enjoyed a complimentary lunch banquet.
The afternoon was topped with speeches given by each school principal, celebrating the achievements of the respected students.
Dr.Janger gave much appreciation to Hallice, a peer leader and president of the Republican Club, accrediting him with several community events. The club conducted a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization for veteran support, by accepting donations for Bruins tickets to raise funds. Then by organizing a USA themed dance, the club raised donations for two Arlington High School students battling with cancer. The event raised almost $2000 dollars which was donated to the student’s families in hope to defray some of the cost of treatments, co-pays, and medication.
Likewise, Defeo was recognized for her active role in the community. As a peer leader, varsity captain of the volleyball team, and member of the 84 Club, Defeo takes notable initiative to improve the AHS environment. She teaches younger students how to battle bullying and educates people on tobacco companies who market to youth.
Tthe SILS Award granted both Hallice and Defeo a boost of confidence, motivating both to achieve more within Arlington High School and the community.