The Rotary Club of Bridgeville – South Fayette held its annual Scholarship & Middle School Recognition Luncheon at BethanyPresbyterian Church on May 11. The following Middle School students were nominated by their teachers for their academic success and community service: Hiba Chaouk, John Girimonti, John Hiras, Layne Lesko, Mackenzie Minnex, Katherine Wilkison.
Seniors Emma Grunebach and Samantha Hartnett were awarded the $1,000 Harry W. Buzzatto Rotary Scholarship recognizing their academic success and their service to the community.
Thanks to the Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club for sponsoring these awards and congratulations to the students on their outstanding achievements!
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Biographies of MS award winners
Layne Lesko - 6th grade
Layne’s teachers describe him as a hard worker! He is always willing to help classmates and is extremely kind. Layne is respectful to both adults and classmates. Layne lives with his parents, Lena & Rick in Bridgeville. Layne received a Stellar Student designation in Oct. 2016 and has maintained a 4.0 GPA the entire 6th grade year. Layne’s favorite part of MS has been switching classes and his favorite subject is English. Layne is involved in both baseball and soccer playing catcher, midfield. and offense. In Layne’s free time he enjoys playing baseball and soccer, time outside, and being with friends at Chartiers’ Park.
Hiba Chaouk - 6th grade
Hiba’s teachers describe her as very respectful, polite, and a hard worker. She always goes the extra mile to participate in class and help others. Hiba has maintained a 4.0 average throughout the school year. Hiba lives with her parents in Presto along with her sister and 3 brothers. Hiba was named a student of the quarter in 2016-2017, she was in the top 11 in science, the top 5 in Spanish, and the top 10 in English this year. Hiba’s favorite part of MS was switching classes, seeing different people and making new friends. Hiba was part of the CVMS Student Focus group and was recently accepted into the Colt Leaders program. Hiba enjoys basketball and gymnastics. In her free time she likes to bake, do art, and spend time with her younger siblings. Her career aspirations include studying architecture at CMU.
John Hiras - 7th grade
John’s teachers describe Johnny as well-rounded, courageous, an academic stand out, an individual, a leader, someone comfortable in his own skin. This year, John has been named treasurer of the NJHS, he was named a Stellar student of the month, and was chosen to participate in Fluid Power Challenge. Last year during 6th grade, John was involved in Calcu-Solve, honored as student of the month & quarter, and participated in the Soldiers & Sailors Science Field Trip. John’s hobbies include art - which includes anything from painting to drawing, sewing, and anything to do with costuming. John’s collegiate aspirations include studying clothes design, real estate, dentistry or radiology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mackenzie Minney - 7th grade
Teachers mentioned that Mackenzie volunteers for the March of Dimes. Mackenzie was a 2010 March of Dimes Ambassador. She was chosen by the organization to give a speech about her experiences, She is a strong student and athlete. Mackenzie lives with her parents in Collier Township. Mackenzie was a 5th grade peer helper, and has been named a student of the quarter. Mackenzie’s favorite part of MS has been the freedom to travel from class to class. Her favorite subject is science with the discovery and experiments. Mackenzie is involved in both track - field [ 100 meters, relay 4x1, and hurdles. In soccer she plays midfield for the Beadling Soccer Cup team. In Mackenzie’s free time she enjoys playing soccer, watching tv, reading, and hanging out with friends. Although Mackenzie does not know which college she hopes to attend, she would like to be an orthopedic surgeon or math teacher when she grows up.
John Girimonti - 8th grade
John’s teachers describe him as very hard-working and dedicated to achieving excellence in his academics. He is extremely diligent, conscientious, and polite to teachers and his peers. John lives with his parents and two sisters in Collier Township. John is a member of NJHS and has also been named a Student of the Quarter. John’s favorite part of MS is band and his favorite subject is Early American History. John plays baseball and is involved in intramural sports. John’s hobbies include sports, band, and video games. When John grows up he would like to be either a history teacher or an architect.
Katie Wilkison - 8th grade
Teachers report that Katie stands out from her peers academically. She is currently taking two HS classes as a MS student and always seeks out enrichment opportunities in her other classes. Katie’s effort is always above and beyond the rest! Katie lives with her mother and sister in Collier Township. Katie was named a student of the month at her previous school in NJ and was named Student of the Quarter since arriving to CVMS. Katie;s favorite part of school is the segway into HS independence, Katie’s favorite subject in history. Her school activities from her school in NJ included playing classical guitar in orchestra, and participating in Builder’s Club & Environmental Club. She served as a peer leader and was part of the Academic Team. Also while in NJ, Katie played softball and ran cross-country. Katie’s hobbies include playing guitar, doing volunteer work, and participating in extra-curriculars. Katie hopes to attend an Ivy League school such as Barnard (an affiliate of Columbia University), and would like to pursue a career in government or law.