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Coginchaug High School interim Principal Don Gates presented the 2013-14 superintendent's award to seniors Morgan Kuehnle, left, and Colton Gray. Before describing their accomplishments, Gates complimented their fashion. "It's pretty bad when your students out-dress you," Gates said.| (Mark Dionne\Town Times).

Kuehnle and Gray win superintendent’s awards

At the Jan. 8 Board of Education meeting, Coginchaug Regional High School seniors Morgan Kuehnle and Colton Gray were presented with the 2013-14 Superintendent’s Award.

The award, given annually to two students by the superintendent, is based on a combination of academic achievement and contributions to the community. “We have two real shining stars here tonight,” said CRHS interim principal Don Gates, who presented the awards this year.

“I wouldn’t want to be against her on the court,” Gates said of Morgan, an active soccer and basketball player.

Morgan is also a DECA club leader. “She leads by example. She’s highly respected by her peers and her teachers,” said Gates, who also cited Morgan’s consistently positive outlook.

Like Morgan, Colton combined academic, athletic, and community service accomplishments at CRHS. A competitive snowboarder and football player, Colton also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, Colton built a pathway and stairs for the United Churches of Durham.

Gates also cited Colton’s mission trips to Kentucky building homes for the needy. “He emulates our Core Ethical Values in all aspects of his life,” Gates said.

Morgan, who works at Empower Zip Lining in Middletown, said she is interested in sports marketing and has been choosing her classes and work to prepare for that career. “It’s something I’ve been really passionate about,” Morgan said.

Morgan is still waiting to hear back from her desired colleges, and said that whether or not she wants to play basketball in college will influence her decision.

Colton, who works at Durham Auto Center, has been accepted at his “number one school,” Western New England University to study civil engineering. Working towards becoming an Eagle Scout, Colton said, “has definitely helped me a lot. My father and my brother are Eagle Scouts too, so they helped push me to do that.”

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