Every day, Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey deals with bad situations and sees the worst sides of people.
That often extends to students in his county's 28 communities. But once in a while Morrissey is able to honor the best in young people, as when he stopped by Braintree High School last week to present a Peer Leadership Recognition Award to senior Alex Heger.
A "well-rounded" student who excels academically, is on the track team and a member of the Theatre Guild and Chorus and Concert Choir, Heger "tries to encourage people to make good decisions," Morrissey said.
Educators nominate students each year and present them to the DA's office, which tries to award at least one from each town in Norfolk County. Students were honored at a conference in October, but Alex was unable to attend.
"It's good news for a younger person who does not expect to be recognized," Morrissey said.
Alex belongs to both the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, is a lead student on the Fly Crew, the volleyball team manager, and a counselor in the Super Saturdays program.
On his nomination form, Alex was described by classmates as a leader, and also "funny, nice, personable, and hangs out with the best crowd."
"Whenever help is needed, Alex is there with a helping hand and a smile on his face."