Four students win Rotary award


It seems too good to be true; but it isn’t. There really is not just one, but four Carmel High School students who have earned the Rotary William D. McFadden Student Service Award. A record number of applicants led to a record number of winners. I have extracted quotes from the stacks of letters of recommendation which easily will give you a sense of how lucky we are these students live among us.

Wonderful Words for Emily Beeler: “Emily understands the gift of self to others, from the young children to those that are reaching peer age. She is a delightful young lady to be around,” from Kristen Swift, Religious Education Coordinator, St. Elizabeth Seton Church. Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program Coordinator Margot Gibson said, “Because Emily displayed true leadership skills, a strong commitment to community service and dedication to improving the environment, we invited her to join our working volunteer board.”

Kind Comments for Omeed Malek: Sarah Gillim is the Faculty Advisor for the Medical Club at CHS. She said, “Omeed is the kind of person one encounters only rarely. He is intelligent and hardworking, but even more importantly, he is extremely generous of his time and always willing to help others. He does not limit his volunteer activities to Club Med. He has also judged the science fair at Smoky Row Elementary School and tutors homeless children at the Coburn Place Shelter in Indianapolis. He is involved in many organizations devoted to community service such as Key Club, which requires at least 50 hours of volunteer service per year.”

Proud Prose about Emily Moran from ten different letters: “Consistently she seeks to help others. Time and again, she has proven herself to be honest, hard-working, reliable and focused on meeting the needs of others,” said Mark Smith, St. Mark’s UMC youth minister. Debra Lesjak, department chair, business, marketing and information technology at Carmel High School, said, “She is a driving force for ideas and philanthropic projects. Some of these projects included making tutus and super hero capes for ill children or writing valentines for children at East Tenth, Brightwood and Fletch Place.

Affirmation supporting Olivia Patterson: Vicki Burdick, Children’s Museum Guild, offered, “Olivia volunteered to be a part of the Museum’s Community Night. During the event, Olivia didn’t ask questions but rather jumped in with both feet to help. She also mobilized her friends into service, showcasing her true leadership prowess. Her list of accomplishments is endless” Nancy Heck, City of Carmel said, “Most recently, I worked with Olivia as she served as secretary for the Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council, and she is a hard worker.”