Wareham student honored at Harvard University
Charlemya Erasme is no stranger to hard work and, not coincidently, no stranger to success.
The Wareham High School senior was awarded the Harvard Prize Book Wednesday, October 2, during a breakfast held at the Harvard Club of Boston.
The prizes are given to students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in scholarship, as well as high character and success in other areas.
"It was amazing, I was not expecting it at all," she said. "This award gave me an extra push to work harder so that I can continue to succeed."
If Erasme has it her way, she'll spend four years walking the hallowed halls of Harvard University. She is in the top 5% of her class and is applying to Harvard, as well as Tufts University.
The Brockton native moved to Wareham in eighth grade, and has quietly become a stand out citizen of her adopted town.
Readers may remember her from the 2012 Fall Town Meeting during which she, and fellow sports blogger Nicole Nault, presented a petition asking that voters fund repairs to the roof of the high school gym.
"Nicole and I both saw how the gym roof was affecting the students and sports. We wanted to speak for the student body as a whole and, hopefully, get the problem solved."
Erasme and Nault obtained 416 signatures out of 650 students.
"Gym class is becoming limited and/or dangerous," Erasme told voters at that time.
Residents voted to fund the repairs with little debate.
Erasme recently began blogging about sports for Wareham Week, despite having a busy schedule.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Garden Club, C.O.D.E Club, Yearbook and is a tri-captain on the tennis team.
Whether school come easy to you, or everyday is a struggle, Erasme has some simple yet sage advice for her fellow students:
"I would tell them to persevere, work hard, and not to be afraid to ask questions."
Hey, it seems to have worked for her!