GNEC ‘Student of the Month’ update

The Greater Newtown Exchange Club (GNEC) recently honored two Council Rock North High School seniors with GNEC’s coveted Student of the Month Award.

Marissa Haynes was GNEC’s Student of the Month for November. Marissa was voted Class Vice President in eighth grade and elected President of North’s Rock Ambassadors mentoring program. She was also chosen captain of her varsity softball team and served as student council VP.

Giving back to the community and the world at large figured prominently in a summer trip to Latvia, where Marissa worked with underprivileged children in a Hope For Children program where, “I got to meet a lot of great kids that needed both basic resources and love.”  Marissa’s short-term goals are to finish her last semester with as much fun as possible and make the best memories.

For the long-term, she plans a teaching career focusing on either English or Spanish. She’s eyeballing South Carolina’s College of Charleston as a possible perfect fit and is getting ready to send out her college applications.

Ali Bernstein was GNEC’s Student of the Month for December. Like Marissa, Ali participated in North’s Rock Ambassadors, helping for two years in an elementary school mentoring program.

She’s also been involved in numerous fundraisers for breast cancer research and has helped with hair and makeup for the Autism Cares Prom. Honors include National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Thespian Honor Society, Tri-Music Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society.

Ali enjoys theatre and has been active in North’s Sock ‘n’ Buskin theatre group as both an actor and board member. She also loves choir and has been active in North’s Voice Theatre ensemble.

At college, Ali plans a “voyage of self-discovery” while pursuing a career path in Arts Administration. She’s considering NYU, Fordham, Wagner, Pace and Barnard as well as schools outside of New York.

For information on GNEC, visit or leave a message at their phone mailbox, 215-469-1466.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Marissa Haynes (left) receives SOM award from GNEC’s Elizabeth Soucar.

  1. Ali Bernstein (right) receives SOM award from Elizabeth Soucar.