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From our Friends at North Haven Rotary;
Assistant Principal Andrew Pettola introduced North Haven High School Juniors, Amanda Kenny and David Wingate, to the Rotary Club recently as the latest Students of the Month. Of the students who were joined by their parents at the weekly meeting at the Breakfast Nook, he stated, “Amanda and David are outstanding young leaders, both in the classroom and the community."
Indicating that she has always been proud of serving others, Amanda told the audience that it was truly an honor to be selected by the school staff as a Student of the Month. While attending high school she has played varsity volleyball and softball for three years and was selected as Captain of the 2014 volleyball team for the fall. The daughter of Renee and Robert Kenny said that she will continue to be involved with the volleyball team’s annual “Pink Game” to support breast cancer research, as well as a clothing drive planned for September. In addition, she helps manage the Town sponsored volleyball camp for younger athletes.
Amanda also finds time to participate in the high school’s Diversity Club, serves as a Physical Education Facilitator, and was selected as a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the Math and Science National Honor Societies. In her free moments, she dedicates time to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church , as well as Yale New Haven Hospital. As if that were not enough, because of her 9 year struggle with Type I Diabetes, she has assisted the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in raising thousands of dollars, and organizing and participating in their annual Walk to Cure Diabetes.
David Wingate, the son of Tonya and Randy Wingate, said that he was “humbled” to be selected out of hundreds of students for the honor. In his first two years at the school, he served as class president and vice president consecutively. He was also proud to have been selected as the captain of the Fencing team next year, and said that he enjoyed his membership in the Ultimate Frisbee Club which he initiated.
Enrolled at a YMCA summer camp in the Bershires for most of his life, David has been volunteering there in recent years teaching younger boys personal skills often not offered in school, including everything from making a camp fire and developing an appreciation for nature, to leadership skills and developing friendships. He was even selected to perform environmental service in New Zealand last summer where he served 280 hours as a counselor in training.
In his description of the two students, Pettola said, “They are true ambassadors of North Haven and represent the school in an exceptional manner.”