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Eight Saugus students receive Unsung Hero Award

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SAUGUS – Eight Saugus Public Schools students received the Unsung Hero Award from the Saugus Business Education Collaborative (SBEC) in a ceremony May 25 at Saugus Middle High School sponsored by WIN Waste Innovations.

“We are proud to honor these exceptional students for the positive role they play in their schools,” said Mary Urban, WIN Waste Innovations Director of Communications, Community Engagement and Marketing. “They are a credit to their school, their family and their community. We congratulate their families, teachers and administrators, who support their leadership and growth.”

The 2023 Unsung Hero Award recipients are: Saugus High School – Wiktoria Biegun and Randy Chavez Gomez; Saugus Middle School – Alex Pappagallo and Josephine Pepper; Belmonte STEAM Academy – Lily Gibbs and Anthony Sullivan; Veterans Early Learning Center – Daniel Doherty and Francesca Lincoln.


“We are happy to be able to continue this tradition of honoring the students,” SBEC President Peter Rossetti said. “The Unsung Hero Award is a special event because it recognizes students for being good citizens in their schools. The SBEC is pleased to partner with WIN Waste to give them the recognition they deserve.”

The Unsung Hero Award is based on a variety of factors including academic effort, character, maturity, personality, standing among peers and staff, school citizenship, and contributions to the entire school community.

The students received a star-shaped trophy, Amazon gift card, and citations from the Mass. House of Representatives from Rep. Donald Wong and Mass. State Senate from Sen. Brendan Crighton.

“We value our partnership with Saugus schools and especially enjoy the opportunity to support the Unsung Hero Awards,” Urban said. “One WIN team that delivers essential waste services closely relates to the humble, hard work that these students have exemplified, and we commend their efforts.”

From left, Saugus Middle-High School Principal Brendan Sullivan, Barbara Percoco (Saugus Middle School teacher), Alex Pappagallo (Saugus Middle School student), Noelle McCusker (Veterans Early Learning Center teacher), Francesca Lincoln (Veterans Early Learning Center student), Colleen Barrett (Veterans teacher), Daniel Doherty (Veterans student), Randy Chavez Gomez (Saugus High student), Anthony Sullivan (Belmonte STEAM Academy student), Ryan Duggan (Belmonte teacher), Lily Gibbs (Belmonte student), Robert Conte (Belmonte teacher), Josephine Pepper (Saugus Middle School student), Wiktoria Biegun (Saugus High student) and Saugus Middle-High School assistant principal Myra Monto.
From left, Saugus Selectman Corinne Riley, Board of Selectman Chairman Anthony Cogliano, Alex Pappagallo (Saugus Middle School), Francesca Lincoln (Veterans Early Learning Center), Randy Chavez Gomez (Saugus High School), Daniel Doherty (Veterans), Lily Gibbs (Belmonte STEAM Academy), Josephine Pepper (Saugus Middle School), Anthony Sullivan (Belmonte), interim superintendent Michael Hashem, Wiktoria Biegun (Saugus High), Mary Urban of WIN Waste Innovations, and State Rep. Donald Wong.

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