Colin O’Brien is April’s ‘Good Apple’

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From left, Granville Board of Education member and mother Michele O’Brien, Granville senior and Good Apple Award recipient Colin O’Brien, Hicks Orchard business development manager David Garvoille and Granville Junior/Senior High School teaching assistant Ms. Wilson.

Granville senior Colin O’Brien added to his list of accomplishments on May 6 when he was named the “Good Apple Award” recipient for April.

O’Brien, a commit to SUNY Buffalo to study computer science, was recommended for the award on multiple occasions by Granville Junior/Senior High School teaching assistant Ms. Wilson.

“(O’Brien) helps students in class and sets a nice example of kindness,” Wilson said on her nomination of O’Brien. “Notable consideration towards others and exemplary character.”

Wilson also said O’Brien consistently completes his work on time and is very respectful to adults and peers alike.

“I don’t think what I was doing was special at all. I think if I didn’t get this, I just would have kept doing it!” O’Brien said.

O’Brien was recently named as a “Capital Region student who makes a difference” by the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA). Granville science teacher PJ Sommo was also named as a teacher who makes a difference by CASDA.

O’Brien, Sommo and several of O’Brien’s friends have been hard at work this school year preparing for the opening of the “Makerspace,” a school-project creation room centered around rehabbed pieces of equipment like 3-D printers, inside the high school on May 9.

“I’m incredibly happy about it. The ‘Makerspace’ was, I’m going to get a little emotional here, but the ‘Makerspace’ was a gateway for me  to get back in touch with friends that I hadn’t talked to before. It helped me become a better person overall, I believe, and I’m so incredibly happy that this project is finally happening and I am excited to see students do stuff again,” O’Brien said. “It’s been so long and I feel like there aren’t as many extracurricular activities anymore, so I’m just happy I’ve given people the chance to do this stuff again and I’m happy it’s given me the chance to grow as a person.”

In attendance for the presentation were O’Brien, Wilson, high school principal Lisa Meade, O’Brien’s mother and Granville Board of Education member Michele O’Brien and Hicks Orchard business development manager David Garvoille.

The “Good Apple Award” was originated in January 2021 by Garvoille in an effort to spotlight Granville Junior/Senior High School students who go above and beyond in the classroom and in the community and find ways to uplift those surrounding them.

Each “Good Apple Award” recipient is given a bag of apples, a dozen cider donuts and a gallon of apple cider from the orchard, along with a wooden plaque.