Congratulations to our
2010-2011 Making a Difference Award winners!
The Stevens Point Kiwanis Club sponsors this unique community award for area sixth graders who have demonstrated to their teachers and principals a commitment to helping others and making a positive difference in their schools and their community. The student is chosen by their school for demonstrating leadership skills, a true care for others, strong school involvement, and an understanding of the importance of making a difference in the world around them. Eleven awards are presented during the school year to students from each of the public and private elementary/middle schools in the Stevens Point/Plover area.
Carolyn Storch, Bannach Elementary
Carolyn Storch, Bannach Elementary: Carolyn Storch received the Making A Difference Award on April 12th, 2011. The daughter of Todd and Jill Storch, Stevens Point, Carolyn was joined by her mom, sister Julia, Bannach principal Jessica Hensley (right) at the award luncheon. “Carolyn is president of Bannach Student Council this year and leading this group requires a great deal of organization and leadership skills. Carolyn is well respected in that regard,” Hensley said. “She is a Safety Cadet and has been voted cadet of the month…Carolyn is reliable, friendly, conscientious and considerate,” she added.
Verity Williams, St. Paul Lutheran
Verity Williams, St. Paul Lutheran: Verity Williams received the Making A Difference Award on April 5th, 2011. The daughter of Chris and Sarra Williams, Stevens Point, Verity was joined by her parents and St. Paul Lutheran principal Bill Zuelsdorff at the award luncheon. Verity has demonstrated an upbeat, positive attitude toward her studies, classmates and teachers and was selected for this award because of her overall positive attitude,” Zuelsdorff said. “She strives to do her best in the classroom, often seeking additional help and working to make corrections where necessary. Verity was an easy choice for the staff at our school,” he added.
Sarah Pekarek, St. Peter Middle School
Sarah Pekarek, St. Peter Middle School: Sarah Pekarek received the Making A Difference Award on March 1st, 2011. The daughter of Darin and Margo Pekarek, Stevens Point, Sarah was joined by her parents and St. Peter Middle School teacher Paula Marciniak at the award luncheon. “Sarah exemplifies a person who follows the golden rule and helps and encourages others,” Marciniak said. “She is courteous, conscientious and a hard working student whose kind-hearted personality makes her a positive role model in the classroom,” she added.
Brock Caufield, Madison Elementary
Brock Caufield, Madison Elementary: Brock Caufield received the Making A Difference Award on February 8th, 2011. The son of Paul and Kelly Caufield, Mosinee, Brock was joined by his parents, brother Cole, and Madison Elementary principal Mary Jo Lechner at the award luncheon. “Brock plays ice hockey at a national level and brings the necessary skills of hard work, dedication, and teamwork to the classroom setting,” Lechner said. “He is a wonderful role model for other students in the classroom or out on the playground and is a great example of what it is to be a Madison Mustang,” she added.
Rachel Zorn, Kennedy Elementary
Rachel Zorn, Kennedy Elementary: Rachel Zorn received the Making A Difference Award on February 1st, 2011. The daughter of Nichole Zorn, Junction City, and Perry Zorn, Plover, Rachel was joined by her parents, and Kennedy Elementary principal Liz Fulton at the award luncheon. “Rachel exemplifies a person who lives the golden rule, and though new to our school, began to work with and support all Kennedy students immediately and directly,” Fulton said. “She shares her talents as a mentor and friend and is a positive role model in the classroom - always applying her best effort,” she added.
Pang Chia Yang, Washington Elementary
Pang Chia Yang, Washington Elementary: Pang Chia Yang received the Making A Difference Award on January 18th, 2011. The daughter of Lor Yang and Nhia Lor, Stevens Point, Pang Chia was joined by her parents, sister Mai Houa and Washington Elementary principal Bill Carlson at the award luncheon. “Pang Chia’s kind, friendly and accepting manner is outstanding, and she makes all her peers feel welcomed and valued,” Carlson said. “She is always helping and encouraging others, especially those with exceptional needs. She most certainly makes a difference in our school and in the community,” he added.
Morgann Glazer, Roosevelt Elementary
Morgann Glazer, Roosevelt Elementary: Morgann Glazer received the Making A Difference Award on January 11th, 2011. The daughter of Kenneth Glazer and Ann Gibbs-Glazer, Plover, Morgann was joined by her parents and Roosevelt Elementary principal Pamela Bork (left) at the award luncheon. “Morgann sets a wonderful example for other kids and is an excellent student who excels in school by working hard and always giving her best,” Bork said. “She volunteers by bowling for Big Brothers Big Sisters and by selling lemonade, is active in her church and 4H and has played the piano since she was three,” she added.
Cassandra Baewer, Plover-Whiting Elementary
Cassandra Baewer, Plover-Whiting Elementary: Cassandra Baewer received the Making A Difference Award on December 14th, 2010. The daughter of Edward and Josephine Baewer, Plover, Cassandra was joined by her mother, father, grandparents Sherry Elmore, Bruce Baewer and Donna Baewer, along with Plover-Whiting Elementary principal Carl Coffman at the award luncheon. “Cassandra is an excellent role model for students at Plover-Whiting School,” Coffman said. “She is courteous, conscientious, and a hard-working student who possesses strength of character and the courage to do what is right. Cassandra is involved with many activities in school, while helping with care-giving to her siblings and grandmothers at home,” he added.
Jacob Piotrowski, McKinley Elementary
Jacob Piotrowski, McKinley Elementary: Jacob Piotrowski, pictured here with his parents, Rod and Tracy Piotrowski, was awarded the Making a Difference Award on December 7th, 2010. Dr. John Blader, McKinley principal, was also present at the award ceremony and said, “Jacob is a positive role model and is always helpful assisting peers. His academic work is of high quality and he always puts forth great effort.” Dr. Blader also added, “Jacob is always ‘upbeat’ with a positive attitude in the classroom which brightens the mood for all who interact with him during the course of the day.”
Tanner Garski, McDill Elementary
Tanner Garski, McDill Elementary: Tanner Garski, pictured here with his mother, father, older brother, and 6th grade teacher Brenda Jones (right), was awarded the Making a Difference Award on November 9th, 2010. “Tanner is just an all-around great kid…all that a parent, teacher and friend could want in a young person,” Jones said. “He is a role model within our class and our school and is extremely responsible, mature and empathetic. Tanner’s leadership skills are an example to everyone,” she added.
Ty Nelson, Jefferson Elementary
Ty Nelson, Jefferson Elementary: Ty Nelson, pictured here with his mother Kelly Nelson and Principal Dave Lockett, was awarded the Making a Difference Award on November 2nd, 2010. “Ty is a fine young man who has been such a wonderful 6th grader,” Lockett said. “He steps up when the kids need to hear it and has leadership skills that have a positive effect at Jefferson Elementary,” he added.