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Superintendent Award - Cornwall

CORNWALL — Marina Matsudaira is this year’s Superintendent Award winner at Cornwall Consolidated School.The eighth-grader’s excellent grades and artistic, musical and athletic talent are only a part of the equation. Marina is also sweet natured, helpful and kind to others. When asked to pose for a photo, she asked that it include her little brother, Manasseh. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, Marina said she didn’t know yet, then asked if it had to be about a job.The question was restated, and she answered without hesitation, “I want to be a mother.”It was an unusually refreshing answer coming from such a high achiever. It is also unusual for the product of a large family. She is one of six children. Marina was born in Tokyo. Her parents, Rachel and Mappe, moved the family here when Marina was entering third grade. At CCS, she excels in math, and taught herself algebra over the summer so she could take geometry this year. She also takes advanced Spanish and art classes, and is cast as Gertrude in the school’s upcoming production of “Seussical.”She plays basketball but is passionate about soccer. She is in the school band, jazz band and chorus and was selected for the Region One band and chorus.

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