Every year at the recognition ceremony for students who went above and beyond volunteering in the school and the community, 's Community Service Coordinator Alice Melnikoff said that once she would like to go through the entire event without tearing up.
But that is nearly impossible to do when Melnikoff recounts all the work and involvement by the student's she advised throughout the school year.
Forty seniors were awarded President's Volunteer Service Awards in Bronze (for those students who committee between 100 to 174 hours of community service), Silver (175 to 249 hours) and Gold (more than 250 hours) in the celebration on Tuesday, May 22, in the Chenery Middle School Auditorium.
The senior class gave nearly 10,000 hours (9,900 hours to be exact) in community service out of the 31,000 hours committed by the entire school.
This included being class connectors, working in school's aftercare, libraries, shelters, nursing homes, making the world a green place and developing medicines. Melnkoff said that some even traveled to Panama and Honduras to teach and help build structures.
Saying that she hopes each student gained skills through their service and will add to them later in their lives, but, most of all, "always lead with your heart," she said.
"I am so proud of you," Melnkoff said with a slight tear in her eye.
The students being honored included: