Positive Start students contribute to school, community PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 08:40
(Editor's note: This is the last of a four-day listing of Bowling Green middle school students who were honored.)
The Bowling Green Exchange Club again is recognizing area youth for the good things they've accomplished this past year, in and out of the classroom.
The Exchange Club's Positive Start program asks teachers to honor students who have done something positive. Students must live in the Bowling Green School District and be in grades 7 or 8. The purpose is to honor students who have achieved "to the best of their abilities" to improve the school and community settings.
A luncheon will be held Tuesday at Stone Ridge Golf Club to honor all 59 students who represent Bowling Green Middle School, St. Aloysius Catholic School and Bowling Green Christian Academy.
The following students are among those being honored:
Elle Ross, a BGMS seventh-grader, is a member of the cheerleading team and also participates in band and choir. She has a 4.0 gpa and three times has been awarded Student of the Month. Elle is a demonstrator at Julie's Dance Studio, has earned VIP dance awards as well as first place at her first dance completion. At home she helps take care of her little brother.
Julia Rothweiler, a BGMS seventh-grader, is an excellent student who always puts forth the maximum effort on assignments. She is active on the volleyball and track teams. She is on the Perrysburg Aces Club volleyball team and plays club tennis at the Perrysburg Tennis Center. Julia is an honor roll student who has been named a Student of the Month by Team Apollo.
Callie Scheier, another BGMS seventh-grader, is a great student and hard worker who always strives to do her best. She is active in volleyball, basketball, and track. She has been named a Student of the Month by Team Apollo. Callie enjoys giving back to the community, donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Humane Society. She asks questions, always does her best and is an excellent role model for her peers.
Erik Schempf, also a BGMS seventh-grader, is an active class participant who always brings out the best in those around him. He is in the Chess Club and Pizza and Pages Reading Club as well as in the Perrysburg Tennis Center. He volunteers at the library. Erik's positive outlook and sense of humor make him a leader in the school community.
Leah Schumacher, a seventh-grader at BGMS, is a polite and respectful member of the community. She works hard and is always willing to help others. She participates in 577 Pottery, volunteers at the Wood County Library and was a Leadership Ambassador in the People to People Program.
Evan Sekerak, a St. Aloysius eighth-grader, is a very involved community member, active in Boy Scouts and in Fiat, St. Aloysius service based youth group. As an honor roll student, he is part of the quiz bowl team. Evan also runs track. He is always willing to help out at school and in the parish.
Mary Shilling, in seventh grade at BGMS, is active and participates in cross country, band and choir. She also participates in dance at The Beat, as well as her youth group at church and Horizon Youth Theater.  She has volunteered at the Wood County Library. She has also been accepted into the Northwest Ohio Middle School Honors Band.
Luther Shinew, a BGMS eighth-grader, is an enthusiastic and engaged student in all of his classes. His participation in class discussion and activities helps not only his own learning but benefits his classmates. He is a voracious reader and pursuer of knowledge. A talented member of the band, Luther also shows his creative side in art class. He plays tennis and plans to be on the tennis team next  year.
Madeline Shook, a BGMS seventh-grader, is a positive hard worker who always does her best. She ran on this year's cross country team. She dances at The Beat dance studio and is active in her church's youth group. She has volunteered at the Wood County Library and the nursery at her church. Maddie has maintained a straight A average, and was awarded a Student of the Month by Team Apollo.
Sophia Siwajek-Dankmer, another BGMS seventh-grader, is a dedicated and active student. She was on the quiz bowl team and a Team Apollo Student of the Month. She is active in her church's youth group and was Health and Safety officer for her 4-H group. Sophia is very nurturing whether it is raising goats for 4-H, fostering kittens for the Humane Society, or donating pet supplies and time to the Humane Society. She also volunteers at the Black Swamp Arts Festival and with the Farmer's Market set-up.
Jackie Steel, in the seventh grade at BGMS, is extremely polite and respectful. Her work ethic makes her a positive role model in the school community. She plays softball and has received many awards for her skills. She has been a Student of the Month on Team Apollo.
Margo Utz, a BGMS seventh-grader, is kind and sweet. She is a member of EZ-Plus and the cheerleading squad and also participates in tennis. Margo babysits, rakes yards, and mows lawns. She loves the outdoors and sports.
Annie Valentine, in the seventh grade at BGMS, is a new student this year and has been a positive influence since day one. She continues to put her whole effort into each thing she does and is always a willing resource to other students.
Adam Wagner, a St. Aloysius eighth-grader, is an honor roll student who brings energy to the classroom.  He is a positive leader in the classroom and works hard to stay on top of his school work while balancing CYO sports.
Kade Warren, a BGMS eighth-grader, is an outstanding student, conscientious, diligent and always looking to do his best. He has a great attitude towards school and is friendly with teachers and peers. Kade's positivity is contagious and he makes a positive impact on everybody he meets.
Morgan Watson, a BGMS seventh-grader, is positive and energetic. She is in Builder's Club and plays volleyball. She is active in softball and club volleyball, where she is team captain. She often volunteers to help out in club activities and can always be counted on to put forth her best effort.
Alexa Whyte, in the BG Montessori seventh grade, is a quiet bright student who is very passionate about animal rights. She chose to focus her service learning project on this cause. She spent the first part of the year interviewing experts to learn how to persuade others to join her cause. As a talented creative writer, she decided to write a children's book to help younger students understand how to treat animals. She has completed her story, "Tansy Toad's Playground Adventure," and will share it this spring. She has been very purposeful as she has crafted her project. Her words and ideas will inspire those around her as will her work ethic.

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