Our club’s general meeting on February 9th honored Harper Creek High School Students of the Month and also Harper Creek High School students that participated in our club’s Youth Appreciation program. The meeting was brought to order by club President Dustin King. After the Pledge of Allegiance, led by club member John Peruzze and the blessing delivered by club member Craig Miller, Dustin elaborated to the group on the history of the Harper Creek Optimist Club and the numerous services the club provides to the community. In particular, there was information about the club’s upcoming Fundraising Cash Raffle event and the sponsoring of the upcoming student essay and oratorical contests.
Students of the Month are selected monthly from the senior class by Harper Creek High School teachers relative to their superior academics and extra-curricular activities. Harper Creek High School Principal Dennis Anthony introduced the honored students and each gave a brief talk about their high school involvements and future plans. The Youth Appreciation program was administered by Principal Anthony; in this program selected students “job shadow” a particular individual in the Harper Creek Schools administration for a day. Each participant gave a brief talk about their experience. Meals were provided for the students and their family members present. The meeting adjourned with a group reciting of the Optimist International Pledge, which was led by club member Rich Peternel.
Pictured below (L-R) with Club President Dustin King are Students of the Month and their designated month of recognition: Jackson Maurer, December 2016; Morgan Seeberger, January 2017; Charley Andrews, October 2016; Nicolas Grable, November 2016 and Connor Gilbert, September 2016.
The September Student of the Month, Connor Gilbert, was accompanied to the meeting by his parents Mike and Kris Gilbert.
The October Student of the Month, Charley Andrews, was accompanied to the meeting by her parents Damian and Jenny Andrews.
The November Student of the Month, Nicolas Grable, was accompanied to the meeting by his parents Craig and Hope Grable.
The December Student of the Month, Jackson Maurer, was accompanied to the meeting by his parents John and Carol Maurer and brother Josh.
The January Student of the Month, Morgan Seeberger, was accompanied to the meeting by her parents Chuck and Heather Seeberger.
Pictured below (L-R) and noted by the administrator they “job shadowed” are the students that participated in the Youth Appreciation Program: Nicolas Grable, Sonoma Elementary School Principal Cyndi Mead; John Nickolaou, Wattles Park Elementary Principal Brent Swan; Morgan Seeberger, Harper Creek Superintendent Rob Ridgeway; Matt Rauch, High School Principal Dennis Anthony; Alyssa Cutter, Middle School Principal Kim Thayer; Jackson Maurer, Assistant High School Principal Lisa Crawford; Connor Gilbert, Director of Facilities and Transportation Jim Robinson; Charley Andrews, Director of Curriculum Wendy VanGeison; Hannah Berning, Director of Technology Daniel Hubbell and Grace Eishen, Athletic Director Ed Greenman.
Our club extends a special thanks to High School Principal Dennis Anthony and seated to his left Harper Creek Superintendent and club member Rob Ridgeway for their efforts in organizing this Optimist youth event.