2015 MHCFC Youth Recognition

May 13, 2015 - The Madison Heights Community Family Coalition Youth Recognition Award Breakfast was held this morning and several of our Lamphere students were recognized for their community contributions.

 

Individual Recognitions:

Jake Adams

Lessenger Elementary School, 4th Grade - Nominated by Michelle Charron

Jake volunteered his time every day to help his kindergarten buddy. His kindergarten buddy was having trouble transitioning from lunch back into the classroom. Jake missed a few minutes of his recess every day to help his buddy. He read to him or took him to the computer lab until he was ready to go back into the classroom. Both the kindergarten teacher and I are very proud of Jake and thankful for his help. He truly is a leader because he took the initiative to volunteer to help. He is a leader in the classroom as well.

 

Maggie Betea

Edmonson Elementary School, 4th Grade - Nominated by Carrie Kluczyk

Maggie generously donated her hair to Wigs for Kids. For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing hair replacement systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

Connor Boccaccio

Simonds Elementary School, 2nd Grade - Nominated by Sarah Laurence

Connor helped make several baby blankets and quilts that were donated to his church , Amazing Grace. He has started a savings account to be donated to ELCA World Hunger to buy seeds and animals that will provide long term relief to individual families. Connor also participates in the Cub Scout Food Drive every fall. Every spring, he participates in the spring clean-up day at Red Oaks Nature Center. Finally, Connor helps his neighbors shovel snow, rake leaves, and clean up after storms.

Nicholas Byrd

John Page Middle School, 7th Grade - Nominated by Eric Kausch

Helped to maintain the courtyard at John Page Middle School by landscaping and cleaning up debris and volunteered at the Lamphere Food Program. Nick is a football player and he is also a member of Men of Page.

Johnathan Carr

John Page Middle School, 7th Grade - Nominated by Eric Kausch

Johnathan helped to maintain the courtyard at John Page Middle School by landscaping and cleaning up debris. He helped shovel snow for the elderly. Johnny is a baseball and basketball player and he is also a member of Men of Page.

Eion Cass

Simonds Elementary School, 2nd Grade - Nominated by Sarah Laurence

Last summer, Madison Heights was hit with treacherous storms that caused massive flooding of basements in the area. Eion recognized that many families were in distress and lost an abundance of priceless objects in their homes. A local in-home daycare lost all of the toys and materials that were used for the children on a daily basis due to flooding. On his own, Eion decided to take the initiative to help this family. He led his younger siblings in deciding what toys, games, and kid-friendly items they would be willing to part with to help this local daycare. With the support of his family, Eion was able to help the daycare replenish some of their lost items and put smiles back on the faces of the children at the daycare. Eion's giving heart doesn't stop there! This past Christmas Eion chose a local family to adopt for the holidays. Not only did he choose the family, but with the support of his parents, he shopped and wrapped presents as well. He has also participated in a Haiti Relief Project through church and created bracelets to raise money for this organization.

Kayden Crute

Edmonson Elementary School, 1st Grade - Nominated by Leslie Harrell

Kayden generously donated her hair to Locks of Love; a public non-profit organization that provides hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children who have suffered hair loss. The care and concern that Kayden voluntarily demonstrated to others deserves to be recognized.

Gabe Farneti-Gerstler

Simonds Elementary School, 5th Grade - Nominated by Tina Davis

Gabe is a member of the Simonds Elementary Service and Safety Team. He is an active member of Stage Crafters Community Theatre in Royal Oak, and has volunteered his services in several school holiday concerts. He is participating in the Lamphere High School presentation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this April. He has given his time to collect returnable for the Lamphere High School girls soccer team and served as "ball boy" last season. Gabe has also assisted in the Meals on Wheels program in Detroit.

 

Sebastion Fick-Sagan

John Page Middle School, 7th Grade - Nominated by Eric Kausch

Helped to maintain the courtyard at John Page Middle School by landscaping and cleaning up debris, worked at the Lamphere Food Program with Forgotten Harvest, helps elderly with yard work.

 

Sarah Fireberg

Hiller Elementary School, 5th Grade - Nominated by Jen Cumiskey

For the last three years in a row Sarah Fireberg has donated her hair to the Wigs for Kids organization. This organization provides hair replacement systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues. They provide the hair replacement systems to children at no cost. We are proud of Sarah's compassion and kindness in taking the time to help other children in need through donating her hair for three years in a row to this incredible organization.

Gina Hanna

Hiller Elementary School, 5th Grade - Nominated by Jen Cumiskey

Gina Hanna approached our school secretary, Sue Bobowski, about how she could donate her hair to be created into a hairpiece for a child who really needed it. Sue Bobowski helped her search for an organization to donate to and found Locks of Love. She told Gina about this organization and she was excited to be able to donate her hair. She went out and got her haircut and Sue Bobowski helped her to mail it in. Gina showed her compassion and kindness in taking the time to seek out ways that she could help other children in need. We are proud of Gina for this donation.

 

Christa Haywood

Lamphere High School, 12th Grade - Nominated by Margie Alexander

Christa is a responsible, self-motivated young lady who continually looks for ways to better herself and others. She has volunteered over 130 hours at various organizations throughout the area including Gleaners Food Bank, Autism Awareness Foundation, Guardian Angel’s Food Pantry, Guardian Angel’s Church, Animal Welfare Society and American House Retirement Homes.

 

Joe Isufaj

John Page Middle School, 7th Grade - Nominated by Eric Kausch

Joe helped to maintain the courtyard at John Page Middle School by landscaping and removing debris.

Alexa Kaufman

Edmonson Elementary School, 5th Grade - Nominated by Jessica Halas

Alexa generously donated her hair to Wigs for Kids. For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

Josh Kincannon

Lamphere High School, 9th Grade - Nominated by Amy Schelesky

Josh is an active member of Kayla's Faith Keepers, a non-profit organization supporting school-aged cancer patients and their siblings. The organization is named in memory of his sister Kayla, who suffered a long battle with cancer, Josh recently volunteered his time, to hang out on a weekend with a middle school boy who is living with cancer and his sister, who welcomed the time with Kayla’s Faith Keepers. 

 

Avery Klinko

Lessenger Elementary School, 4th Grade - Nominated by Mindy Klinko

Avery participated in the F.R.M.C. Club’s Coat and Toy drive. She and her father do this drive every year. They look forward to collecting donations to help families in need.

Kylie Kubiak 

Edmonson Elementary School, 1st Grade - Nominated by Leslie Harrell

Helped Edmonson students get a great start to the 2014-2015 school year by generously donating decorated bags of school supplies to give to students at her school. 

Emma-Lyn Lagocki

Edmonson Elementary School, 5th Grade - Nominated by Jessica Halas

Emma-Lyn generously donated her hair to Wigs for Kids. For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing hair replacement systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

Penelope Lutz

Lessenger Elementary School, 4th Grade - Nominated by Michelle Charron

Penelope volunteered her time every day to help her kindergarten buddy. Her kindergarten buddy was having trouble transitioning from lunch back into the classroom. Penelope missed a few minutes of her recess every day to help her buddy. She read to him, took him to the computer lab, or played games with him until he was ready to go back into the classroom. Both the kindergarten teacher and I are very proud of Penelope and thankful for her help. She truly is a leader because she took the initiative to volunteer to help. She is a leader in the classroom as well.

Lunden Martineau

Lamphere High School, 12th Grade - Nominated by Mark Stephenson

Lunden's Mission trips to Guatemala and Nicaragua included teaching students, building schools, and building houses. Lunden also volunteered in Detroit for three weeks running a kids camp, and volunteered at Detroit Outreach to provide clothes to the homeless.

 

Samiha Maya

Edmonson Elementary School, 4th Grade - Nominated by Carrie Kluczyk

Samiha generously donated her hair to Wigs for Kids. For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing hair replacement systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

 

Fadi Nadhim

John Page Middle School, 7th Grade - Nominated by Ziyad Dawood

Fadi Nadhim is a special person who has a lot of faith and passion. He was born in Iraq but his family came to the US couple years ago as refugees. Unfortunately his father was not able to come with them. Fadi helps out his family by taking care of his siblings and other duties around the house. At school Fadi leads by example and helps his peers by translating when needed. While the family is hopeful that his father will join them soon, Fadi has faithfully taken on many of the responsibilities of being the man of the house.

Dalia Neesan

Lamphere High School, 12th Grade - Nominated by Andrea Gordon

Dalia Neesan has been with the Lamphere School’s Forgotten Harvest Food Distribution Program since its inception 3 years ago. Recently, our food distribution center was elevated to a new status that includes distributing milk, meat, eggs, etc. With this increased opportunity to provide additional food items for our families has come the added responsibility of filling out government forms each time the family arrives to receive their portion. Dalia's bilingual status has helped us tremendously where our Arabic-speaking families are concerned. 

Christopher Nguyen

John Page Middle School, 7th Grade -Nominated by Eric Kausch

Volunteered his time at a local nursing home by carrying items for various residents, and helped people safely get to their rooms. Chris works with his parents at a local business on the weekends and attends Vietnamese school on Sunday for two hours. He is also a member of Men of Page.

Jena Shuten

Lessenger Elementary School, 5th Grade - Nominated by Dave & Charlene Shuten

Jena’s family is an animal foster family that always has puppies around. She will give them love and whatever else that they need, food, water, pick up poop, etc. She will spend hours at a time playing with each and every one of the puppies, giving them a chance for a much better life. 

Justice Thomas

John Page Middle School, 7th Grade - Nominated by Eric Kausch

Justice helped to maintain the courtyard at John Page Middle School by landscaping and cleaning up debris, helped the elderly with house work. Justice is a model athlete and leads by example in Football, Basketball and Track. He is also a Men of Page member.

Trevor Scott

John Page Middle School, 7th Grade - Nominated by Eric Kausch

Trevor helped to maintain the courtyard at John Page Middle School by landscaping and cleaning up debris, shoveled snow for the elderly.

Group Recognitions

Allison Barrett

Emma Jacobsen

Madeline Jacobsen

Kiely Moore

Simonds Elementary School - Nominated by Jennifer Vivian

Allison has passion for taking care of animals. Allison had the opportunity to begin researching through a 4th grade Passion Project and shared her findings on a blog. This inspired her to do more and Kiely, Emma and Madeline joined in the fun. Over the summer, the ladies got together and learned how to make homemade dog treats. They sold lemonade, donuts, and the homemade dog treats in Emma and Madeline’s driveway. All of the profits were given to the Animal Welfare Society. Overall, they made $152.00. When customers came to visit the lemonade/treat stand, they were encouraged to also bring shelter supplies needed by places that provide care for animals which they donated back to the shelter.

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Jian (Zane) Chen

Anna Gren

Rebecca Gren

Sarah Gren

Oltjona Guri

Fatima Jui

Ella Martinez

Grant Martinez

Conor McKinney

Madalynn Montie

Al Amin Sajib 

 


Nominated by Amy Schelesky

All of the above mentioned students so graciously volunteered their time at a local park, on a weekend, to help a Lamphere School's staff member's son who was recently diagnosed with a rare, orphan cancer called Pediatric GIST (Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumor) Cancer/ The Life Raft Group (LRG), an organization that helps patients with this type of cancer put on a challenge to make origami boats, to not only go for the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest origami boat display, but also to promote awareness and raise $$$for research through Bayer pharmaceutical. Due to the kindness and hard work of these young people, the top $$$ amount was given from Bayer for researching GIST cancer. These students are such an inspiration and blessing!


 

Paige Deagen

Tyler Deagen

Malik Diattara

Ousseynou Diattara

Anna Edwards

Ben Johnson

Sophia Johnson

Cameron Lyon

Grant Martinez

Alyssa McLarty


Nominated by Bozenna Johnson, Carrie Kluczyk, Steve Poniewierski, Jessica Halas and Doug Kelley

These students helped raise money for the "Special Olympics Polar Plunge." Participants dressed up in costume and "plunged" into cold winter water. The proceeds from this event support Special Olympics; a year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities.

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Mirna Abdullah

Stella Adam

Brandon Ali

Maryam Alkes

Dayvid AL Sabbagh

Anahi Alvarez- Chaparro

Julia Antal

Any Huynh

Neshat Islam

Michael Jajjo

Simon Kendall

Sama Khalid 

Elle Mesyn

Marcella Osachi

Eric Qi

Elizabeth Shammas

Rayona Spencer

Muyassar Turapov

Larsa Yokhanna



Hiller Elementary School - Nominated by Dianna Skiles & Lindsay StaskowskiThese students were elected to our newly named “Student Lighthouse Team” and have been exceptionally dedicated to reaching out into the community to learn, give to others and help make their community a better place. They helped collect 2000 cans for the Madison Heights Knights of Columbus canned food drive. As well, they planned and ran a coin drive to raise money to help buy a new animal pen for the Madison Heights Animal Shelter. In 2 1/2 weeks they succeeded in raising their goal and look to present the animal shelter with their donation in May.