SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s the time of year for our series, “Student of Character”. One high school student from the area is chosen each week because of their perseverance, commitment to the community, and strong character.
We begin by checking how one of our past honorees is doing in college. When we first met Maggie Pratt, it was 2010 and she was wrapping up her senior year at Tolland Regional High School in Southwick. Hard work in school earned her that year’s top Student of Character prize, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to american international college.
“It’s such a small school and such a close community,” said Pratt. “I’ve talked to students who have gone to larger schools and they’re just a number. But here, you really get to know all the faculty. You get really close to everyone on campus.”
Pratt is by all accounts still a student of character. She joined the Lions Club on campus, played on the school’s division two winning rugby team. And as a resident assistant, she mentors freshman.
Pratt’s path in life also reflects a key aspect of a student of character, perseverance in overcoming obstacles. She worked through a number of painful sports injuries in high school with the help of physical therapists. Now she’s majoring in physical therapy so she can do the same for others.
“There’s a lot of different options right now for physical therapists,” said Pratt. “The one that I’m leaning toward is maybe going off and helping soldiers that are coming back and with rehab, maybe veterans who have been dealing with injuries from the war.”
Student of character is sponsored by ABC40, The Republican, Masslive.com, American International College, Big Y World Class Market and Country Bank. Students are nominated by their teachers and principals in the fall. All of the students are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship to American International College. But in the spring, just one of them will be awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the college, a new laptop from Big Y World Class Market and a savings bond from Country Bank.