ROXBURY, NJ – Eisenhower Middle School (EMS) student Ava Thomas was recently awarded the Morris County Superintendent’s Middle School Leadership Award.

The award was presented by the Morris County Association of School Administrators (MCASA) at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany. The award is for graduating middle school students whose actions and deeds “represent a model of citizenship and leadership in their respective school community.” 

Each middle school in the county selects one student from each middle school in their district to receive this honor based on academic, extracurricular, and community leadership that has had a positive impact on their school environment and someone who serves as role models for others. 

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“Ava consistently demonstrates leadership as a student, athlete, friend and member of the Roxbury community," said EMS Principal Paul Gallagher. "She serves her classmates as Student Council Secretary and her school through Peer Leaders, and her community as a member of the EMS Builders Club. Ava plays basketball for EMS and Roxbury Recreation and is also a member of the Roxbury Jr. Gaels Cheerleading team.”

Gallagher said Ava "leads by example each and every day. Whether it’s in the classroom, lunchroom, hallway or beyond, she can always be counted on to give her best effort, stand up for what is right and come to the aid of those in need."

He said the eigth-grader's positive energy "is matched only by her courageous spirit, compassionate heart, and contagious smile" and added she "has truly made EMS a better place and will be sorely missed when she moves up to Roxbury High School.”

Ava was presented a personalized plaque to commemorate this award along with a group photo of the recipients by the MCASA.