MLK Day Honorees Making a Difference

SERENA ECK
Franklin Middle School

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Serena is an excellent student who shines in academics and athletics.  She currently is excelling in three classes at Washington High School in addition to her Franklin classes.  Serena’s love for running has developed her into a leader through her actions, but more importantly her willingness to help all of her teammates.  When Serena isn’t competing, she is a leader of a group of athletes that genuinely encourages all the other athletes.  She has goals for herself that don't get in the way of her unconditional support for all students.  At school, she is involved in student council, adopt a family committee, running club, cross country, and track. Outside of school, Serena has been involved in working with students with special needs.  Serena has also been active in helping both the Franklin and Washington PTA groups with back to school activities, orientations, and the high school athletic concession stand.

GRACE HERRING
Harding Middle School

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Grace knows how she would want to be treated and exemplifies that towards others.  She is patient, kind, shows empathy, accepts others the way they are and supports them.  Grace exemplifies Dr. King's philosophy of acceptance of others through her involvement in show choir, dance and while doing announcements at school. Grace is involved in many activities at school including Student Leadership, show choir, a dance team captain, Future Cities, Mock Trial, a News Team co-captain, band, and Academy Voce. Additionally, she spends several hours a week in dance and helping as a dance assistant for little dancers. Grace is highly involved in the community through her church youth group, Vacation Bible School, and Mission of Hope.  She does a variety of things including helping with the food pantry, serving meals, and singing with the worship team.

AUTUME STARKS
Jefferson High School

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Autume treats every student at Jefferson with kindness and respect.  She exemplifies the Golden Rule and is a genuinely good student.  She does not seek recognition from others, but does the right thing because it is the right thing to do.  She truly leads by example and faces challenges with a spirit and good will towards others. Autume has been involved with the Speech Team, basketball, volleyball, and on Jefferson's step team. She is also a member of Central Assembly of God and participates in the church's youth group and is employed at Evergreen estates.

GLORIE BORSAY
Kennedy High School

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Glorie is a breath of fresh air. She honors and celebrates diversity. She represents our school well and is open to learning about other cultures. Like Dr. King, Glorie knows the value of education and works hard to do her best in school so she can move on to great things in college. She is originally from Liberia, Africa, and realizes how her parents have sacrificed to make a better life for her family. She does not want their sacrifice to be in vain so she plans to make the most of her life. Glorie has worked with the ONE Campaign which exists to help eradicate poverty and world hunger. She has also participated several summers in The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success.  She volunteers regularly at her church and works weekends serving meals to the homeless.

ANDREW JOHNATHAN TODD
McKinley Middle School

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Andrew demonstrates signs of compassion and leadership well beyond his years.  He routinely offers to help students who need a little extra attention academically and emotionally.  He has the ability to draw students to him and motivate them in a positive way.  On the football field his leadership is both calming and motivating.  When things weren't going as planned, Andrew stepped in to bring the team together.  Andrew truly does what is right because it is right, not for recognition or reward.  In addition to football, basketball, and track and field, he is an active member of student council, show choir, Number 1 Club, and the engineering and technology club.  He has also volunteered to hand out gold coins on St. Patrick's Day to hospital patients, work with senior citizens, and help at Waypoint, Meals on Wheels, the Arc, Ronald McDonald House, and Hope Lodge.

SAIGE COLLINS-WRIGHT
Metro High School

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Saige is a mature young lady who is deeply concerned about helping those less fortunate. She does not expect or want recognition for all that she does. Saige is involved with a variety of activities that support the school community, including helping in the childcare center to watch children of volleyball players so they can play their games. Last summer, Saige participated in a National Park Tour, a 13-day camping trip to the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Park. During spring break, she traveled to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to build beds and weatherize homes.

KOY ORTEGA
Roosevelt Middle School

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Koy is well-liked by peers and staff.  He always does the right thing, whether it is in the classroom or during extracurricular activities. Koy is kind and accepting of everyone and has a positive attitude that is contagious.  He excels in the classroom and in athletics by always giving 100%.  He helps to build a successful school and community environment because he leads by example and his leadership and drive are qualities that other students strive to follow.  He is involved in football, wrestling, soccer, Mock Trial, National History Day, and Boy Scouts. Additionally, Koy volunteers at Hillside Wesleyan Church, is working toward Eagle Scout. He was elected by his troop for Member of the Order of the Arrow.  He is also volunteers as a library tour guide, as a board member for Olivet Neighborhood Mission, and for Green Square Meals.

JUN HELGENBERGER JR.
Taft Middle School

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Jun is accepting of all students and leads by example. Students feel comfortable working with him and he is a quiet influence on them.  Jun believes in helping the school community and enthusiastically volunteers to work on Student Leadership projects. Through his involvement in Student Leadership, he is able to participate in community activities such as Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids. He is also a member of the football team. 

MIKAYLA FRYE
Washington High School

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Mikayla is an outstanding school citizen, a quiet but strong leader in the school building, and an exemplary role model for our younger students.  She will complete 13 advanced placement courses while in high school. Mikayla is also a dedicated four-year member of the women's cross country and track and field programs.  Additionally, she is the president of the KIVA club and a member of Amnesty International, SADD, and ADASTRA.  She also volunteers at the HD Youth Center.

MEGAN HILL
Wilson Middle School

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Megan is a positive leader, quietly and consistently leading by example.  Her demeanor is even-keeled.  She is focused on what is important - academics, kindness, acceptance, and an attitude of high achievement. She has participated in basketball, track, soccer, band, and Wilson student ambassadors. In her free time, she is a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center, plays soccer and basketball, attends church classes, and helps set up for holidays and gift wrapping donated items.

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