Rachel Weintraub, middle, receives an Attitude Is Everything Award from former first selectman Ken Halaby and his wife Linda, right, at Hillcrest Middle School’s holiday assembly Dec. 23. The Halabys selected the seventh grader for her anti-bullying project, Words Can Soar, that was featured outside of the school at the beginning of the year in September. Principal Stafford Thomas, far right, and Rachel’s parents, far left, were also celebrated the award.