Andover Celebrates Students, First Responders for Leadership in Wake of Gas Disaster

Andover students and first responders were lauded for their leadership in the wake of the town's gas-related fires. (Courtesy photograph)

Andover students and first responders were lauded for their leadership in the wake of the town's gas-related fires. (Courtesy photograph)

Students from Andover High School are being lauded for their leadership efforts in the wake of the gas disaster that wreaked havoc on the region Sept. 13.

Ally Keenan, Ava Goff, Kelley Carzo, Hannah Rowe, Haley Brenner, Becca Nash, Julia Mazrucchi, Karishma Mistry, Melissa Holguin and Morgan Swain all lend their time to supervise elementary students at High Plain and South Elementary after school programs and were on duty the afternoon the gas-related fires broke out, working as a team to keep younger children calm during the chaotic afternoon.

Their Andover High Principal Phil Conrad was among the educational bosses who praised the students’ quick thinking to maintain safety for all in their care.

Elsewhere in the school district, seventh graders from West Middle School have hit the streets in their town to collect gift cards, cash and other donations to be given to the Red Cross. Those students—Holly Smith, Ella Vidoni, Eva Routhier, Maeve Feeley and Julia Rodenberger—also spearheaded an effort to applaud first responders, presenting Andover Fire and Police departments with cards written by Andover Public Schools students during an event last week.