Be the Change Award:The 2012-2013 was the first school year a senior was nominated and received the Be the Change award. Sean O'Melia, the first recipient of the award, exemplified the Challenge Day mission and Be the Change motto. During his four years at GPNHS he was the change he wanted to see in the world, and he made GPNHS and the community and even better place. Principal Kate Murray presented Sean with this award at Senior Awards Night. She gave the following introduction before bestowing this honor on him:
For the past several years, GPNHS has participated in Challenge Day. A day that reminds us to look for ways to be a positive force and create the change we want to see in the world. Four years ago, Sean O'Melia participated in Challenge Day. Since then, he has made it a point to continue these ideals. He has been a positive force here at North.
During his freshman year, he was a member of the Be the Change tutorial where he helped plan and execute activities like Concert for Change, Random Acts of Kindness Week, and Respect Awareness Week. During the 2012 registration this past summer, Sean took it upon himself to set up a table so students could sign up for Challenge Day 2013. Sean has been an important part of North's TV Production class, Northpointe Staff, and is the face behind our beloved mascot Thor. Whether he’s lending a helping hand or surprising someone who is feeling down with a cupcake, Sean goes the extra mile. He continues to devote his time and effort to school and community activities that make our world better and richer.
We are proud and honored to have Sean O'Melia be the first recipient of the Be The Change Award. We are truly grateful that we have been able to share the past four years with him, and we know he will continue to be a positive force in our world.