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Graduate Views Life As A Hike

DHS top male graduate advises youngsters on balance: "Look up once in a while and enjoy the scenery."

This week's Whiz Kid is a recent graduate, Mitchell Spring. When asked to describe him,"determined, diligent and inherently curious” were the words used by Spring’s guidance counselor. 

Spring is a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, a member of the National Honor Society, the English National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society and Music National Honor Society.

Graduating in the top five percent of his class, Spring is an accomplished student, and has an incredible musical background as well. Spring played the  trombone all four years of high school with the Danvers High School Marching Band, having traveled to Disney World for the New Year's Parade, and to California for the Rose Bowl.   

Spring is a true individual. Michael Cali, principal of  remembers him walking around in his flip flops all year round while playing his harmonica. "I also play the ukulele and have for about a year," Spring said. "I also have a guitar, and banjo, however I play around with them more than I would say I play them."

An avid Boy Scout, and honorary Eagle Scout, Spring compares life to a hike.  "You can put your head down and still get to your tent by 5:30, but you will have missed all the scenery. Don't forget to put up your head and look around once in a while; you'll still get there but will have such a better experience."

"Scouts has taught me a lot about outdoor survival and other such skills, and even more about respect and responsibility," Spring said. "Technically, I never became an Eagle Scout, but I participate in a variety of community service projects such as repainting fences at , restoring a building at the , building a firepit at Endicott Park, building a bocce/horseshoe pit at the senior center, caroling at the senior center, and repainting benches from parks around town."

Spring credits his parents, in large part, for his academic success. "As intellectuals, they instilled in me a love of knowledge and information from a very young age," he said.

What's next for this accomplished young man?

"Next year I'm going to Skidmore and am incredibly excited.  I'm absolutely ready."

Whiz Kid's Name: Mitchell Spring

Whiz Kid's Age: 18 years old, DHS Graduate

Whiz Kid's Accomplishment: Top five percent of his class, headed to Skidmore College in the Fall.

Whiz Kid's Advise to Others: "Find balance and...learn for the sake of learning. Pay attention in class, actively participate in discussion, make an attempt to truly understand what is being taught and you will do well on any test or quiz you are given, and better yet, you'll retain the information."

What do you do when you don't care about the subject matter?  "Try connecting it to something does interest you. Turn it into a challenge for yourself, or just learn it for the pride of being able to say you know it.  It comes down to what works for you."

Nancy Marshall June 23, 2011 at 01:01 PM
That's my kid! Thanks for sharing his accomplishments with others beyond HRMS. He absolutely does not care about recognition and wanted to point out that he is NOT an Eagle Scout ("honorary" or otherwise), but I think it's good for Mitch's message of balance to be passed along. He's a kid who took 8 AP classes in his last two years at DHS, ended up in the top 5% of his class (and was the only boy in that group), and was a National Merit FINALIST (not semifinalist), all while he was active in the DHS Academy theater stage crew for 4 years and the DHS marching band and jazz band, he played on the ultimate frisbee team and tried a few other clubs, spent two weeks kayaking in Alaska with B.White and a group of Danvers students, he participated in lots of community service activities through Scouts, and he had a busy social life, including a girl friend for his entire senior year. He had some great experiences at Danvers High, both in and out of classes. My message--you can do well academically and still have a life and fun with your friends. I hope that sharing Mitch's story encourages some other kid to be proud of being "smart," to take a chance with something new, and to make the most out of his or her high school experience.
Michelle Gilliss June 23, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Please keep us updated, Nancy. It will be exciting to see where this journey takes him. Best wishes to you, Mitch, at Skidmore. I'm sure you will make the transition smoothly, and will individual style. :)
gladys marshall June 23, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Wow, it doesn't get much better than this. Always knew my daughter's children would make a mark. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! ........ A joyful Grandma

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