SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Throughout the school year, the Edison Rotary Club recognizes the academic achievements of South Plainfield High School (SPHS) seniors based on their dedication and contribution to bettering the community in which they live.
For April 2021, Christopher Lee and Olivia Olano have been named the club's 'Student of the Month.
To be eligible for the honor, one must be nominated by a teacher and submit an essay supporting their community service efforts. While academic information may be taken into consideration, community service is the primary deciding factor in awarding this honor.
“As we move into the last quarter of our school year, we are once again proud to select two outstanding Seniors for the Rotary Student of the Month recognition. Olivia Olano and Christopher Lee both have impressive records of community involvement that date back several years," said Robert Diehl, interim principal at SPHS.
Lee, who was nominated by social studies teacher Milten Shah, views AP Psychology and AP Art Studio as his most notable classes and is a member of South Plainfield High School's 'Tigers Tale' literary magazine, the Art Club, and an executive board member of the Model UN. Outside of school, Lee has served as a member of South Plainfield Junior Volunteer Fire Department for three years. Following graduation, Lee plans to attend college in Pennsylvania where he hopes to major in agribusiness or welding.
Olano, who was nominated by SPHS Assistant Principal Tamekia Grier-DuPiche, has been involved in many clubs throughout her high school career, including Passionately Pink, the Environmental Science Club, and Heroes and Cool Kids. During her junior year, she received the Middlesex County Unsung Hero Award for her community service efforts, and during her senior year, was chosen to be a part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), serving as a voice for SPHS. Olano has also been a member of the SPHS Girls Varsity Tennis and Softball teams. Following graduation, she plans to study marketing and business management.
"Olivia has distinguished herself as someone who cares about our veterans while caring for K9s that help others; Christopher has demonstrated his memorable volunteerism by working with the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department and their Junior Firefighter program," added Diehl. "Both Olivia and Christopher admirably plan to continue their community contributions after graduation. We are truly proud of them."
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