Rotary recognizes outstanding students

Left to right: Mr. Ed Delfin, Assistant Principal, Avon Grove Charter School, John Seitz, Rotary March Student of the Month and Lynn Klingensmith, President, West Grove-Avondale Rotary Club.
Left to right: Mr. Ed Delfin, Assistant Principal, Avon Grove Charter School, Caroline Holladay, Rotary March Student of the Month and Lynn Klingensmith, President, West Grove-Avondale Rotary Club.

Each year, the West Grove-Avondale Rotary Club recognizes eight outstanding junior and senior students from Avon Grove High School and Avon Grove Charter School. The students are invited together with parents and the assistant principal to join the members of the Rotary Club during one of their regular breakfast meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 7 a.m. at the Alison Building at Jenners Pond. The students are invited to speak before the club members about their scholastic activities, sports, outside interests and future goals. Lynn Klingensmith, the Club President, presents a certificate to each student along with a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to a bookstore.

The 2014 March Student of the Month from Avon Grove High School is Chris Funk. John Seitz and Caroline Holladay were selected from Avon Grove Charter School.

Chris Funk

Chris Funk is a very active young woman as a junior at Avon Grove High School and in serving her community. Her favorite classes are anatomy, biology and chemistry. She enjoys reading and writing. Chris is presently enrolled in Advanced Placement courses in English and Trig/Pre-Calculus. Chris is a member of the National Honor Society. She plays the flute for the marching band and pit orchestra for school musicals. She is also a member of the Avon Grove High School Girl Up Chapter which is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation providing girls with the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the worlds hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Girl Up - Uniting Girls to Change the World envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Chris recently received a $20,000 scholarship to Widener University for Leadership. She is being recognized on March 20, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA at the Constitution Center for her accomplishments in Leadership by Widener University. Chris plans to attend college and major in veterinary or forensic science.

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John Seitz

John Seitz is a very active young man as a senior at Avon Grove Charter School and in serving his community. His favorite classes are mathematics (pre-calculus and statistics) and history. He is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as secretary of Student Council. John enjoys programming, electronics, physics, engineering, being healthy and ultimate frisbee. He volunteers in such school sponsored events as: Green Gathering, Talent Show and the Arts Festival. John plans to attend Bucknell University and major in engineering.

Caroline Holladay

Caroline Holladay is a very active young woman as a student at Avon Grove Charter School and in serving her community. Her favorite classes are Environmental Science, Ecosystem Seminar, and Forest and Field courses. She also serves as an environmental intern at Avon Grove Charter School. Caroline is a member of the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society, Longwood Performing Arts Junior Company, Academic Competition and the Gay Straight Alliance. She enjoys dancing, singing, acting, cross-stitch, soil science, livestock care, apple picking, gardening and cooking. Caroline volunteers at the Performing Arts Camps and at Family Promise, an inter-faith organization helping homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. Their vision is to have a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together. Her interests outside of school are car repairs, baking and pizza. Caroline plans to attend college. With all of her interests, she has not declared a major at this time.