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November 29, 2012

Derry teen named state PTA's top volunteer

Eighth-grader named state's top teen volunteer of the year

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Caitlin said Duncan is a special teacher.

“(She) got me ready for middle school,” Caitlin said.

Duncan remembered Caitlin as someone who worked hard and never gave up on anything.

“She was a good thinker,” Duncan said. “You gave her a task and she kept going back to it, until it was right.”

The teen said she loves to help others and was prepared well during her years at Derry Village.

“I just like to help kids,” she said. “They can learn from someone that’s younger (than a teacher), who has experience.”

Caitlin said she may want to someday be a teacher or, perhaps, a veterinarian.

First-grader Olivia Hammond said she loves having Caitlin come to school.

“She plays with us,” she said.

Bryce DeCoste said having Caitlin help in the classroom makes him happy.

“She reads to us and helps us learn,” he said.

Duncan said Caitlin is a remarkable young woman.

“She is so genuine,” she said. “She’s like the real deal.”

Rosinski said Caitlin has a great effect on her young students.

“My students look up to her; she is a role model and they love her,” Rosinski said. “My first-grade students couldn’t wait until it was Caitlin Day.”

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