Coleman receives the MPA Principal’s Award at WHS 

Wells High School Principal Eileen Sheehy has announced that senior Samuel Coleman has been selected to receive this year’s Maine Principal’s Award sponsored by the Maine Principals Association.  This award recognizes a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.

“It feels really good,” said Coleman when asked about this honor. “I have really worked hard in high school to be a part of my high school’s community.”  He added that he put himself “out there” and worked hard to make as many connections as he could.  “This (award) shows that my efforts paid off,” said Coleman. 

 “Samuel is a leader and has distinguished himself quite nicely at WHS,” wrote Principal Sheehy in her announcement.   “He appreciates and acts upon every opportunity to learn (and) his dedication is a testament to his commitment to excellence.  He has maintained High Honor Roll status in rigorous courses throughout high school, receiving several academic awards from the WHS faculty.  He contributes to a positive school culture in a variety of ways within the classroom, on the stage, and within our community. Samuel is an outstanding musician and participates in choir and theater, including many plays and musicals…He is a well-rounded student who has left a positive mark on Wells High School.”   

In an interview, Coleman indicated that he plans to attend college to study anthropology and international relations.  Aside from that he would like to expand his participation in music and the arts. He currently plays piano and clarinet and teaches music at the Atlantic Harmonies Studio’s summer camp.  During the summer of 2023, Coleman was a Page in the United States Senate.

During his high school career, Coleman has participated on the Quiz Team, in the marching band as drum major, and as president of the National Honor Society.  He has received various awards including Breakfast of Champions, Student of the Trimester, Book Awards and Commended Student status from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.    Samuel Coleman is the son of James and Rebecca Coleman of Wells.

According to the Maine Principals Association website, the MPA Principals’ Award was established in 1984. Each year, high schools that are members of the MPA select one outstanding senior to receive this honor. Award recipients and their principals are invited to attend the organization’s Honors Luncheon in the spring. There, recipients will receive a lapel pin and plaque. Also, five of these students will be selected by a lottery to receive a $1,000 scholarship.