SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Each month, 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 March 2021, Kyle Griswold and Jelinda Montes have been named the organization's 'Students 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; both Griswold and Montes were nominated by social studies teacher Miten Shah. Additionally, while academic information may be taken into consideration, community service is the primary deciding factor in awarding this honor.
“Once again we are proud to select two of our outstanding seniors as our Rotary Senior Students of the Month," said SPHS Interim Principal Robert Diehl. "This month we are honoring Kyle Griswold and Jelinda Montes."
Griswold is an honor roll student and member of Heroes and Cool Kids, broadcasting club, and a varsity athlete for the South Plainfield Baseball Team. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 309 in South Plainfield and earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout in March 2019 at the age of 16. Grisword also does community service project at his church and volunteers his time for Vacation Bible School. He plans to purse a career as a physical education teacher and baseball coach beyond high school.
Montes describes herself a 'passionate about her education' and has taken 10 Advanced Placement classes throughout her high school career along with five classes at Middlesex County College. She holds leadership positions in the French Club, French Honors
Society, and Model UN and is also a member of National Honors Society and the Chamber Choir. Montes is an avid equestrian, holding multiple championship awards, as well as a dancer who will receive her 15-Year Award from Spotlight on Dance in May. She plans to pursue a degree in political science with the goal of working in the public interest field.
"Much like our previous selections, both Kyle and Jelinda have very impressive academic records. Also, much like their predecessors with this recognition, both Kyle and Jelinda can be highly commended for their volunteerism," said Diehl, adding, "Kyle has been heavily involved in Boy Scouting where he has achieved the much prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Jelinda has spent countless hours assisting with animal organizations to make the lives of the animals in our world better. We are very proud of both of them.”
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