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Shady Brook Rotary recognizes Students-of-the-Month

At its recent dinner meeting, the Rotary Club of Shady Brook recognized two outstanding Maple Point Middle School eighth graders as its Students-of-the-Month.

Both of these young ladies were nominated by their teachers for their academic achievements and many extra-curricular activities, both in and out of school.

Olivia Hughes was the Club’s September Student-of-the-Month.

In thanking the Club for her award, Olivia related how she had worked hard make the honor roll every marking period.

She plays both basketball and softball for the school, and softball for the Newtown Rock Athletic Association.

Olivia has participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service for three years, helped out in her church with younger children, and made Christmas boxes for members of her church who are less fortunate.

She hopes to attend Penn State University where she plans to major in elementary education and play softball.

Eventually Olivia would like to teach second or third grade children.

Her mom, Rachel, then spoke briefly about the pride she had in Olivia, her dedication, accomplishments and incredibly infectious smile.

Miriam Cakir was then recognized at the Club’s October Student-of-the-Month.

Miriam has also been a honor roll student for every marking period since entering the fifth grade.

She has joined several school clubs, including No Place of Hate, in which she has been active for three years and participated in the Walk Against Hate as a fifth grader.

Miriam was chosen to represent Maple Point Middle School at the annual Delaware Valley Conference for excellence and equity as a sixth grader.

Outside of school Miriam is a cadette with the Girl Scouts where she enjoys helping younger girls become active in their community.

During summers she has volunteered at the Attleboro Nursing Home, OLG Vacation Bible School, and Bucks County Community Library.  After graduation, she hopes to attend a university in Europe and pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

Her mom, Martina, spoke briefly about the pride she had in Miriam, speaking in both English and her native Yugoslavian language.

Both Olivia and Miriam were presented with certificates recognizing their selection as Rotary Club of Shady Brook Students-of the-Month and a $100 scholarship check.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Student of the Month, Olivia Hughes (center), with her sisters, Grace and Ella, and parents, Scott and Rachel.

2. Student of the Month, Miriam Cakir (second from left), with, from left, Rotary Secretary Lou Hatfield; Miriam’s mother, Martina; and Rotary Chairperson for the Student program, Augie Adrid.