OUR YOUTH OF THE MONTH AWARD recognizes hard-working pre-high school and high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership, and daily demonstrate good citizenship both at school and at home. Brandon Nevarez was chosen as the September student of the month from Storm Grove Middle School.
Students recognized for the month of October were Payge Anderson from Sebastian River Middle School, Kelsie Seeley from Storm Grove Middle School, Abigayle Parrott from Sebastian Charter Junior High School, and Fiza Alikhan and Jaden Hughes from Sebastian River High School.
Payge Anderson is an excellent student and role model to her peers. She is an exceptionally hard worker who always strives to do well and is always willing to support others. Payge not only has the utmost respect for her teachers, but she is also extremely respectful of her peers within the classroom and is very diligent with her assignments. She is a natural peer tutor. If someone needs help, she is always willing to lend a helping hand. She cares about her grades and her peers. She is quiet, but a great friend to her classmates, and she works hard to be successful. She comes to class with a smile and a great work ethic. Outside of the classroom she enjoys creating digital art and loves to fish. In accepting her award Payge said, “Thank you for this amazing opportunity to come out today.”
Brandon Nevarez is a very quiet, hard-working student who exemplifies the Storm Grove values of Respect, Responsibility and Role Model. He was selected as student of the month for September, is an honor roll student and participates in 1st section band. He is also a member of the jazz band and the National Junior Honor Society. He is very supportive of other students. His hobbies are running, drawing, reading and occasionally playing video games. He plans to attend SRHS and continue on to UCF. In accepting his award he thanked his parents for their help and support.
Kelsie Seeley is also a student who exemplifies Storm Grove values of Respect, Responsibility and Role Model. She is kind, considerate and caring and a peer mentor who also supports her teachers. She is a straight A Honor Roll student, a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a cheerleader. She enjoys many types of dancing , playing basketball and being with her family. Kelsie volunteers at her church and school, is creative and a caregiver to two golden retriever puppies. She plans to attend VBHS and then continue her studies to become a physical therapist or professional dancer. In accepting her award Kelsie thanked her family for coming and for the award.
Abigayle Parrott is an exceptional student and a natural leader among her peers. She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes. She is conscientious and courteous and has infinite positivity, integrity and work ethic. She is a member of school sports and clubs and volunteers for the youth ministry of her church. Abigayle wants to study to become a veterinarian of large animals after graduating from high school. In accepting her award Abigail thanked our club and said, “I am very honored to receive this award.”
Fizza Alikhan is an IB Diploma Candidate with 4.44 weighted GPA and is ranked 13th in her class. She is a student who is always prepared and ready to engage in the lesson. She’s kind, sweet, and helpful and is well-respected by her teachers and peers. She is a National Honor Society and National Technical Honors Society Member and has received her Certified Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing. Fizza is a member of the Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy, Marching Sharks and Pride of Sebastian, and was selected to represent SRHS on the Superintendents Advisory Council. She participated in Teens Listen by interviewing veterans to record their stories for posterity. She is on the Lacrosse and Weightlifting teams, and loves to spend time with family, working out, and listening to music. In accepting her Award Fizza thanked our club, her parents and said she plans to attend UF and pursue a medical career.
Jayden Hughes is also an IB Diploma Candidate, has a weighted GPA of 4.608 and is ranked 2nd in his class. He is an AP Scholar with Honor and has been selected for the College Board National Recognition. Jayden is on track to become the first African American valedictorian in Sebastian River High School’s 27-year history. He is an amazing young man with many talents and interests. He is a member of the Masterminds Club, and Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy, the National Technical Honors Society and President of the National Honor Society. He was nominated and attended discussions with Harvard and UF Alumni about future college aspirations and potential career paths at various schools. He has received his Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing. Jayden tutors for Mathnasium in Vero Beach. He helped repaint a kid’s playroom at a Women and Children’s refuge home in Vero Beach during United Day of Caring. Jayden works part-time at Publix and loves to travel, work out, try new foods, and watch new shows and movies. He plans to attend Duke University and pursue studies in the medical field. In accepting his award Jayden said, “Thank you to the Exchange Club for this opportunity and my parents for their support.”