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Two Guilford high school students receive CABE Leadership Awards

Information through Guilford Public Schools

GUILFORD, CT – Two Guilford High School students recently received leadership awards from the CT Association of Boards of Education (CABE).

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GHS seniors Anushree Ajgaonkar and Sergio Garcia-Perez received the awards, as recommended by GHS Principal Julia Chaffe, at the May 13 Guilford Board of Education meeting.

The awards are presented to students who demonstrate the following leadership skills: willingness to take on challenges; ability to make difficult decisions; care for others; ability to work with others; diplomacy; the ability to understand problems clearly; and the ability to keep a promise.

Ajgaonkar mobilized students and the community to raise $2,200 in aid for 2023 earthquake survivors in Syria and Turkey.

As a key member of the Cultural Competency Committee, she also worked to collect more than 200 GHS signatures to launch the “No Place for Hate” initiative at GHS, advocating diversity and acceptance within the school community, the school district said.

Ajgaonkar has participated in the Feminist Alliance and has “distinguished herself academically and as a leader among her peers,” the school district said.

She serves as co-president of the senior class and has been recognized in organizations such as the National Honor Society and Leadership Congress.

“In all her endeavors, Anushree embodies the values ​​of altruism, leadership and dedication, and she serves as an inspiration to those around her to make a positive difference in their community,” the school district said.

Garcia-Perez led the first multicultural festival at GHS last winter, the school district said.

The celebration promoted and honored the cultural influences found in the greater New Haven area and brought an evening of vibrant cultural exchange to the Guilford community, the school district said.

Garcia-Perez also actively volunteers with ARTE Inc. Saturday Academy as a guitar teacher for aspiring musicians, and is a mentor and volunteer in the Cultural Integration Mentoring Program, which works with high school students in New Haven.

Other roles for Garcia-Perez include serving as treasurer for the French Honor Society and a participant in Unified Sports, which earned him recognition at the CIAC Connecticut Summit, according to

the school district. Garcia-Perez has been involved in both the Leadership Congress and the Cultural Competence Committee at GHS.

“Sergio leaves a legacy of celebrating cultural diversity in the Guilford community and has actively promoted empathy and cultural responsiveness among his peers,” the school district said.