Each year, the West Grove-Avondale Rotary Club recognizes 7 outstanding junior and senior students from Avon Grove Charter School, and Avon Grove High School. Each student is selected by his or her teachers. They are invited together with parents and their principal to join the members of the Rotary Club during one of their regular breakfast meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 AM, Jenners Pond, Alison Building. The students are invited to speak before the club members about their scholastic activities, sports, outside interests and future goals. Paul Tickle, the Club President, presents a certificate to each student along with a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to each student to a bookstore.
The 2012 December Students of the Month are Liam Odle, from Avon Grove Charter School, and Peter Castle, from Avon Grove High School. Both students were selected among many of their classmates for their overall outstanding academic achievement and professionalism.
Liam Odle, grade 11, is a very active young man as a student at Avon Grove Charter School and in serving his community. For three years, he has participated in the Academic Team, as well as an active member of the National Honor Society. Liam has been very active in the school’s Green Initiative Program. He has participated in a number of on and off campus conservation and restoration projects such as tree plantings in Delaware, London Britain Township, and in Parkesburg. Last year, Liam became the school’s first “Conservation Intern.” During the summer, he worked to construct an on-campus wetland habitat designed to capture storm water and protect the watershed from contamination. Liam enjoys drawing, wood carving and fly-fishing. He plans to study environmental engineering in college.
Emily Castle is a very active young woman as a student at Avon Grove High School and in serving her community. Emily is a junior and a member of the school’s Students Against Drunk Drivers (SADD) and the American Cancer Society. Her favorite subjects are Advanced Placement (AP) U. S. History, AP Environmental Science and English. Last year, Emily received an academic award in English. Emily runs year round cross country track, indoor track, and spring track, earning her varsity letters in all three activities for the past 2 years. In addition to her academic and athletic accomplishments, Emily has played the piano for nine years and has been actively involved in annual recitals. For the past two summers, she worked at the law office of her grandfather, and in so doing, gained great experience in the business world. Emily plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania and major in the social sciences.