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AHS senior called a 'quiet leader'

Ashland High School senior Nguissally Elizabeth Thiaw has been named Ashland Rotary Club Student of the Month for October 2019.

Thiaw was honored Oct. 17 at the regular Rotary meeting with an award presented by Ashland School District Superintendent Kelly Raymond.

Thiaw was introduced by Ashland High School Assistant Principal Jay Preskenis, who noted that she was nominated because she embodies the Rotary’s Four-Way Test that urges that Rotarians to be fair, to build goodwill and friendship and to strive to ensure that their actions are beneficial to all concerned.

In his remarks, Preskensis quoted from Thiaw’s AP Government and Politics teacher Peter Bolling: “Thiaw is a quiet leader. Her leadership comes from her strong moral compass. Aristotle writes that ‘our virtues are the children of our actions.’ and that truly represents Ngis character. Her leadership is a product of the fact that her actions are completely consistent with her words. She has integrity, and that is something our society could use more of. I congratulate Rotary for choosing a young person who exemplifies the motto of ‘service above self.’”

Thiaw, who is co-president of the Black Student Union and Mu Alpha Theta, volunteers at Asante and plans to pursue a medical career after graduation.

Ashland School District Superintendent Kelly Raymond presents Nguissally Thiaw with the Ashland Rotary Club Student of the Month award Oct. 17.