Nine students received Student Service Awards at Menlo Atherton High School’s PTA meeting on May 26th. M-A’s new Principal Simone Kennel (pictured right) presented the awards.
Each year, the PTA and the Principal present awards to students who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to volunteer service in the Menlo-Atherton or greater community. Criteria for selecting recipients includes social value to the community, leadership in service, personal determination, creativity and initiative, scope of responsibility and time given, and dependability and enthusiasm.
This year’s winners did an impressive array of volunteer work. One student founded a new Spanish and English language lunch club at M-A. This club not only helps students practice new language skills, it also promotes a sense of community. Another student hand made over 400 wooden cars that were distributed to children in need as a part of M-A’s annual November food distribution. Several students volunteered extensively with local veterans. Award winners include Emily Addicott, Molly Baxter, Sally Carlson, Julia Geaghan-Breiner, Jackson Goudey (not pictured), Madeline Heller, Colin Hug, Lauren McLaughin, and Jordan Payne.