Congratulations to our
2012-2013 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.
Anna Hansen, Plover-Whiting Elementary
Anna Hansen, Plover-Whiting Elementary: Anna Hansen received the Making A Difference Award on January 15th, 2013. The daughter of Paul and Kimberly Hansen of Plover, Anna was joined by her parents, grandparents, and Plover-Whiting Elementary principal Carl Coffman (center) at the award luncheon. “Anna is a well-respected student at Plover-Whiting School and is an excellent role model,” Coffman said. “She displays a positive attitude towards her classmates and school by her willingness to help others and through the choices she makes on a daily basis,” he added.
Renee Hinchcliffe, McDill Elementary
Renee Hinchcliffe, McDill Elementary: Renee Hinchcliffe received the Making A Difference Award on December 11th, 2012. The daughter of Michael and Susie Hinchcliffe of Stevens Point, Renee was joined by her parents Michael and Susie Hinchcliffe and her teacher Kate Hardina (right) at the award luncheon. “Renee is an outstanding role model at McDill Elementary,” wrote Principal Koepke. “She is actively involved in various aspects of our school - safety cadet program, student council, running club, and Battle of the Books just to name a few," he added. "An optimistic attitude about school is not always easy at this age, but Renee exhibits her positivity throughout the school day, as well as in her extra-curricular activities. It doesn't matter if the setting is a large or small group or if it is a structured or unstructured setting, Renee’s peers look up to her in many ways,” her teacher said.
Tony Gagas, Jefferson Elementary
Tony Gagas, Jefferson Elementary: Tony Gagas received the Making A Difference Award on December 4th, 2012. The son of Kimberly Gaga of Stevens Point, Tony was joined by his mother Kimberly, sister Shaina, grandmother Pat, and Jefferson Elementary principal Dave Locket at the award luncheon. Tony is a Lieutenant for the Jefferson School cadet. “He leads by example and helps his classmates in math and other things that they need,” Lockett said. “Tony makes a difference in school and volunteers during the summer YMCA Camps,” he added.