GROTON -- Groton eighth-grade students Jordan Wynn and Mark DeBinder were recipients of the 2014 Scholar Leader Award, receiving certificates at last Wednesday night's graduation ceremony.

Sponsored by the Commonwealth of Mass. Middle Level Educators and the New England League of Middle Schools, the award is presented to two eighth-grade students who distinguish themselves in terms of outstanding scholarship and leadership.

Principal Steven Silverman said students chosen must demonstrate academic achievement, provide service to classmates and school, be a positive role model for peers and demonstrate integrity, honesty, self-discipline and courage.

Jordan Wynn

Parents Sue and Chuck Wynn, Groton

Academics: "Math is my favorite, it is a challenging subject that makes me stretch my brain every day. I enjoy it because just as it seems to make no sense, everything begins to click and fit together."

Activities: Jazz Band, Peer mediation, Bookmakers and Dreamers Club/ Big Book of Peace (including two visits to the U.N. in New York), President of Student Council, Chautauqua Short Course in Guatemala through University of Texas, Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.

Sports: AAUD2 Basketball National team (Mason, Ohio); Select Lacrosse; Travel Basketball (3-year CMYBL champions); free-throw state finalist.


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Favorite middle school memory: "My favorite was my travel basketball team, we shared so much more than the love of basketball. This team shared my tears and laughs."

Mark DeBinder

Parents: Caroline Poser and Mark DeBinder Sr., Groton

Awards: Coaches award for Cross Country; 2010 GDYBL champions

Academics: "My favorite subject is science."

Activities: Jazz ensemble, chess club

Sports: Sixth-grade Cross Country and Track; seventh- and eighth-grade GDRMS Baseball and Basketball teams

Favorite middle school memory: "Going on the school trip to our nation's capital, Washington, D.C."

Community service: Volunteer 2013 Hoops for Hope (benefit orphans in Africa); Good Friday Walk for Hunger; Loaves & Fishes; 2013 Hoops for Fun (asst. coach)

Employment: U9 Umpire 2012 to present