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Bill Butler

Bill Butler
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Phone: 508-862-4953
Fax: 508-790-6454  

The Superintendent Academic Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, are given to high school students who have distinguished themselves in pursuit of excellence during their high school careers. Criteria for the award include a student’s three-year cumulative average, rank in class, and personal selection by the superintendent among the top five percent.

On March 8, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School to recognize the 2016 recipients of the Superintendent Academic Excellence Award in Barnstable, Cape Cod Tech, Dennis-Yarmouth, Mashpee, Monomoy, and Mashpee.

This year’s recipients of the Superintendent Academic Excellence Award in Barnstable are Alexander Damiecki and Norah Murphy. Congratulations to Alex and Norah for their academic achievements as well as their accomplishments in sports and community service.

Alexander Damiecki – Alex is a tremendous young man who has excelled throughout his life and at Barnstable High School. His strong work ethic, dedication to school, and willingness to help others have been a constant source of inspiration to his family, teachers and peers. Alex is a natural leader whose passion for learning is infectious. When Alex sets out a goal for himself he is determined to finish what he has envisioned. This tenacity drives this young man and accounts for his successes that he has earned throughout his life. Over the past four years, Alex has taken thirteen advanced placement courses, including six in his senior year while maintaining honor roll or high honor roll every term.

 In addition to his academic prowess, Alex is also an athletic superstar. Alex has been a four year member of the high school’s swim team and Captain in his junior and senior years. In addition, he has been a four year all-star, a four year varsity letter winner and currently holds five out of thirteen swimming team records.  While balancing sports, academics, volunteering, working, and trying to fit in some time to his social calendar, Alex was still looking for another opportunity to give back to his school in his senior year. Alex organized a tutoring service that helps his fellow peers. All they had to do was email him to set up a time and subject that they needed help in, and Alex would help them from there. Alex Damiecki is truly a renaissance man whose talents and skills will take him very far in life.

Norah Murphy – Dignified, Humble, Intelligent, Artistic are the words which first come to mind when thinking about Norah Murphy. Within her academics, Norah has taken a highly competitive curriculum balancing a rigorous course selection while continuing with her artistic talents. Her academic accomplishments are endless, being recognized on local, state and national levels. Each year, she has placed either second or third in the state’s writing competition for Future Problem Solvers. In addition, she is recognized as an AP scholar with distinction. During her junior year, she was nominated for the National Merit Scholarship program. She is the current President of the National Honor Society and an active member of National French Honor Society.  She has earned the Academic Achievement Award each year for her high honor roll status and received a prestigious Academic Book Award last year.

Her accomplishments are not only in her academics. She has tremendous artistic talents. Whether she expresses herself through artwork, poetry competitions or playing the violin, Norah has talents which exceed the classroom. Norah has always had an interest in playing the violin. She took formal lessons for several years and played in school ensembles during elementary and middle school to eventually playing for the Cape Youth Symphony Orchestra. As the years went on, her passion for the violin started to fade. One summer, she was exposed to the Irish fiddle style of playing. This exposure reignited and inspired her passion to continue playing violin as she went from playing classical style pieces to rollicking jigs and reels.

In addition to her academics and her artistic talents, Norah is a leader within our school. She is extremely proud of her involvement with the Anti-Defamation League. During Norah’s sophomore year, she was approached to enroll in the program. She attended several trainings to strengthen her leadership skills and present awareness to freshman students. Norah is now training students to run the program within our school.  

Norah has applied to some of the most distinguished colleges and universities in the country, and she is sure to be successful at whichever institution is fortunate enough to have her.


Our Vision

The vision of the Barnstable Public Schools is to provide a common, standards-based educational program that will enable EVERY student to achieve rigorous performance standards in order to graduate college and career ready. 


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