AnnMarie Marquis - John W. Wynn Middle School
Hi, my name is Mathew Marquis, and I attend the John W. Wynn Middle School in Tewksbury, MA. I am here to nominate my twin sister, AnnMarie Marquis, for the 7News Class Act for her determination and great success when it comes to getting straight A's, and trying to help the community. There is one thing that makes my sister different from all the other straight A students, she is battling a rare disorder known as Ehler's Danlos Syndrome. My sister's disorder causes her joints to be a lot looser than others, and anything to do with her joints can be a problem, like her tendons. My sister's disorder has caused her to have had to go into the operating room six times in the last three years. My sister is in constant pain throughout the entire day making it a lot harder for her to concentrate on her studies, and her ability to do daily activities, such as raising her hand in class without dislocations. Most people with this disorder end up not being able to attend school, but my sister's determination has overcome these disadvantages.
A specific time that I remember this determination coming out is when she had surgery to remove a suture from her shoulder she went to school the very next day despite the pain in her shoulder, and both my parents had urged her to stay home. My sister participates in the Friends of Rachel Club, Community Service Club, Math Team, and was recently nominated to participate in the Lowell Knowledge Bowl. My sister continues to get straight A's, and has never gotten a B+ before. The one thing that my sister wants to do, but can't, is participate within athletics. My sister has always been the most athletic one in the family before the symptoms of her disorder came out. Hopefully, she will be able to return to sports soon. Physically looking at my sister she looks normal, and one may never have guessed how difficult it is for her to do daily tasks. I have taken the time to write this nomination entry because my sister, AnnMarie, isn't recognized often enough for all the hard work she puts into school, while fighting this disorder.