The club has expanded the field of nominees to ANY grade 9-12 student in North Haven, regardless of school.

PHOTO: December's UNSUNG HERO, Louis Cavaliere, received his certificate from 2 of the founders of the program for grades 9-12, Guy & Bernadette Casella. (The 3rd founder and committee member is Brian Coughlin.)

Unsung Hero Award Description

The Unsung Hero Award was initiated by the North Haven Rotary Club in 2009 in order to recognize and honor North Haven High School students for their outstanding work within their school and the community at large. The founders determined that, “An Unsung Hero is one who goes above and beyond for the goodness of others, without receiving compensation;” adding, “one who does for others without a second thought.” This description parallels the Rotary motto known as “Service Above Self”.

After recognizing more than 20 students who were recommended solely by the NHHS staff, the Rotary club decided to expand its program in order to include teenagers worthy of the award outside the local public high school, as well. Therefore, by also seeking recommendations from the community at large, the club will now recognize any high school resident in grades 9-12, regardless of the school attended.

Each school quarter, the North Haven Rotary Club recognizes an Unsung Hero accompanied by his/her family and the person making the nomination at a breakfast meeting. To make a nomination, you may send a note to the Unsung Hero Committee, c/o North Haven Rotary Club, PO Box 202, North Haven, CT 06473. To nominate via email, you may submit a form to The nominating form is also available on the club’s website at Nominations must be received by February 10, 2014 to be eligible for the next award to be presented this coming March.

There is a form requesting your name, address, and telephone number, as well as those of the candidate. You must also include your reasons for the choice based on the following criteria:
• Good character, as demonstrated through conduct within the school and community
• Student in grades 9-12 very involved in service to others within the school and community
• Good school performance, with grades at least within the C+ to B+ range
• Typically, has not previously been recognized for his/her accomplishments

In summary, these are just good students doing good things that generally go unrecognized.

Go to to download a recommendation form. (Look at right  hand panel.)