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PVCICS Students Receive Book Awards (June 17, 2016)

Hadley Charter School Students Recognized for Academic Excellence



Hadley, Mass—June 17, 2016— It’s a symbol of academic achievement and hard work – now several students from Hadley’s Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School have been recognized with collegiate book awards and/or certificates of achievement. The awards were presented at the school’s first annual high school Awards Ceremony this week. 


The recipients are:

·         Mount Holyoke Book Award and the University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award – Sangha Kang-Le of Northampton

·         Rensselaer Math and Science Medal Award and Dartmouth Book Award – Tavi Wolfwood of Amherst

·         University of Rochester’s Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award – Christoph Nuesslein of Amherst

·         University of Rochester’s George Eastman Young Leaders Award and  St. Lawrence University Book Award – Spencer McGrath of Northampton

·         University of Rochester’s Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology and St. Michael’s Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience – Wing Hung Yuen of Chicopee

·         Smith College Book Award – Sonja Eiseman of Cummington

·         St. Michael’s Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience –  Irene Gao  of Belchertown


“We are extremely proud of our students,” said Richard Alcorn, Executive Director of Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School.  “The fact that these individuals were recognized as both scholars and leaders is a testament to the hard work they put in over the course of the school year as well as our emphasis on community involvement.  We have no doubt the futures of these students are bright and that each will go on to have an impact on our world in the future.”      


Book awards often include the potential for scholarship money from the sponsoring college or university should the recipient be accepted and decide to attend.  They must continue to meet high academic standards throughout the completion of their high school careers as well as in college.


“Everyone here at PVCICS is honored our students have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievements as well as their civic and school leadership,” said Kathleen Wang, Principal of Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School.  “In addition to their leadership skills, they will graduate bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English.  As an International Baccalaureate for All school, our students will be prepared for the challenges of college and the global economy.” 


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About the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School:

Chartered by the Massachusetts Department of Education in 2007, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) is a tuition-free, regional public charter school in Hadley, Massachusetts, that prepares students for academic and personal success through rigorous study in English and Mandarin Chinese. The school's goal is to graduate students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, and sensitivity to multiple cultures. PVCICS is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the IB Diploma Programme.