Thursday June 20, 2013
The Mr. and Miss Rice awards are considered Rice Memorial’s highest awards. Voted on by the faculty and staff, they are given to students who exemplify the Rice ideals of academic excellence, service to others and seeking God. These are students who lead by example, participate in extracurricular activities, and who, on a daily basis show the values of love, kindness and compassion.
Miss Rice is Rachel Healey. Rachel, daughter of Deborah Healey of Shelburne and Michael Healey of South Burlington, is a strong leader, who gives of herself in many ways. Academically, Rachel is in the top five of her class. She receives strong recognition from her teachers for her depth of thought, her thoroughness, and her ability to synthesis course material. She is a member of the National Honor Society, an active leader in Peer Ministry, planned retreats with grace and compassion, participated in community service projects such as the Polar Express, and has given over 75 hours at the King Street Youth Center. She conceived of and executed a unique Campus Ministry event, which raised thousands of dollars for Camp Takumta. In presenting to over 50 students from throughout New England, Rachel made Rice proud at the World of Difference conference in Boston.
Mr. Rice is Owen Lyons. A resident of South Burlington and son of Tim and Jennifer Parks, Owen is a solid performer in academics, who mastered AP and honors courses and insightfully integrated academic concepts across the curriculum. He contributed creative ideas and integrity to classroom discussion and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is also a dedicated Peer Minister who attended meetings and led numerous retreats. He uses his gift of music to sing at Mass and perform in drama productions. He demonstrates the virtues of knowledge, patience, self-control, and respect for persons, in his behavior every day. He has built a strong yet modest character that is not swayed by outside influences, but is centered in faith.