East Hartford High School student named Governor’s Scholar

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Apr. 1, 2011
Josh Dillon, a junior at East Hartford High School, has been named a Governor's Scholar for the state of Connecticut, Photo by Frances Taylor.
Josh Dillon, a junior at East Hartford High School, has been named a Governor's Scholar for the state of Connecticut, Photo by Frances Taylor.

Josh Dillon, a 16-year-old junior at East Hartford High School, was recently named a Governor’s Scholar. The award honors high school juniors who rank in the top 4 percent of their class whose essay is chosen as one of the best among those submitted. Dillon is one of 30 students statewide who will receive the award in a ceremony next month.

After being selected by their class rank, the students competed by writing a timed essay about their past achievements, intellectual curiosity and their plans for the future. “There were a lot of us who participated – I was surprised when they called to tell me I won,” Dillon said.

Dillon is an honors student who takes Advanced Placement courses in mathematics, chemistry and U.S. history. A member of the National Honors Society, Dillon is also the secretary of the executive board of the East Hartford High School Student Council. He’s a member of the school’s golf team, and rows on a crew team sponsored by Riverfront Recapture. If that weren’t enough, he’s also a member of Upscale and Jazzcapella, two high school a capella singing groups.

“I have a lot of schedules everywhere,” Dillon said about how he keeps his many activities straight. “I like my free time just like everyone else, but I have a lot interests, and I like to keep moving on them.”

EHHS Principal Matthew Ryan knows Dillon from his student council activities. “He’s one of the students I like to go to for the student perspective on things,” Ryan said. “We have many students who are talented and it’s nice to see one of them being honored. The great thing about Josh is that is a very well-rounded student.”

Assistant Principal Allison Anderson called Dillon “conscientious and bright.”

“He’s not afraid to challenge himself – he's willing to work hard even though he's already getting good grades,” Anderson said, noting that Dillon is among the students who attend Saturday sessions for AP students.

Governor’s Scholars receive an opportunity to participate in courses and research projects at colleges and universities in the state.


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