Slawinski and Sorenson named Elks December students of the month

MANISTEE — The Manistee Elks Lodge No. 250 has named Manistee High School’s Hope Slawinski and Manistee Catholic Central’s Maegan Sorenson as its December Students of the Month.

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Each month from October to April the area lodge selects two Manistee County seniors to be honored. The selection committee bases the choice on character, school and community service, leadership and scholastic achievement.

Slawinski is the daughter of Brian and Chrstine Slawinski, of Manistee, and carries a 3.72 grade point average in her studies.

Her community service includes volunteering at the Vogue Theatre, helping with the MAPS Relay for Life Talent Show, and helping with the elementary carnival. She also works the door and scoreboard for sporting events.

Slawinski is very active in many things at Manistee High School. She is class president, secretary of the National Honor Society and a member of the student council.

She also serves as a board member on the Students Against Destructive Decisions and as a volunteer on the Peer to Peer program that works with autistic students. Slawinski is also a member of the tennis and dance teams.

Manistee National Honor Society adviser Amanda Clemons praises Slawinski as an outstanding student who is very worthy of the honor.

“Hope is responsible, dedicated to academic success, driven to be successful and a good citizen,” said Clemons. “Last year, Hope participated in the Peer to Peer program, which matched MHS students with an autistic student. Her experience was so successful that she worked through the summer as a caregiver for her peer.”

Slawinski said she really wants to help others.

“Something that separates me from other students is my willingness to help,” she said. “Even if I don’t think I can be involved in seomthing, I still make the effort to somehow apply my skills to try and make it better.”

054 (1)Maegan Sorenson is the other student of the month, and she is the daughter of Chris and Deb Sorenson. She carries 3.786 grade point at Manistee Catholic Central.

Over the course of her high school years she has volunteered as an extraordinary minister, Community Table, an altar server, at the Catholic Youth Center, Love INC., and the food pantry.

Sports have played a key role in her high school years, as she participated in basketball, volleyball and softball.

Other school activities include the National Honor Society, Catholic Identity Team, the student advisory committee, Washington group, cantoring and after school tutoring.

Manistee Catholic Central girls softball coach Karen Goodman praised Sorenson.

“Maegan is wise beyond her age,” said Goodman. “She is able to use skills such as prblem solving, prioritization and time management with ease. She will usually be the first person on the project and the last one wrapping it up.”

Sorenson said she tries hard to display a strong work ethic.

“I work hard in all that I do,” she said. “Whether it’s in school, out of school, or on the court/field, or off the court/field.”

She also feels it is important to help others.

“I always jump in to help whoever I can when I see the opportunity,” she said. I have alwyas helped my teammates who need help in school so they don’t fall far behind and have also helped underclassmen.”

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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