SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Throughout the school year, the Edison Rotary Club recognizes the academic achievements of South Plainfield High School seniors based on their dedication and contribution to bettering the community in which they live. For September 2020, both Gianna Glover and Kristina Shaw have been named the club's 'Student of the Month,' 

To be eligible for the honor, one must be nominated by a teacher and submit an essay supporting their community service efforts. While academic information may be taken into consideration, community service is the primary deciding factor in awarding this honor. 

“Our students are selected based on their contributions to South Plainfield High School and our community," said Robert Diehl, interim principal of SPHS. "They are often among the most involved students we have. Their programs, projects and activities are impressive and numerous."

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Glover was nominated by teacher Marla Vandermark and in her personal essay stated that she is greatly involved in the South Plainfield High School community through her commitment with the National and Spanish Honor societies, student council, and student leadership, to name a few. Outside the classroom, Glover said she is a 'dedicated' varsity volleyball player, Girl Scout senior, and member of the SPHS drama players.' As a senior, Glover currently has a 'rigorous course load' and 'feels ready to pursue a career in nursing beyond high school.' Glover also intends to further her education by attending graduate school to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Shaw, who was nominated by teacher Dr. Donna Kregler, describes herself as 'a hardworking and extremely diligent student' who is 'heavily involved in clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities.' In her essay, Shaw stated she 'maintains excellent grades in challenging AP and honors classes and makes sure to stay involved in her community.' Shaw is a member of the National Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society, and the Music Honor Society and involved with Student Leadership, Heroes and Cool Kids, and Chamber Choir programs. She is also a three-season varsity athlete (field hockey, lacrosse, and swimming). When looking towards the future, Shaw stated that she 'envisions herself expanding and enriching her education' and 'aspires not only for success' but for a career that 'positively impacts the world' around her.

Under normal circumstances, Students of the Month would attend a monthly Rotary-sponsored breakfast and SPHS honorees, along with students from Edison, JP Stevens High School, St. Joseph’s High School and the Middlesex Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, are recognized at a dinner at the end of the school year. 

At South Plainfield High School, 'Students of the Month' are also granted the perk of a designated parking spot in the school student lot and this year's recipients attending in-person instruction can still take advantage of this privilege. 

"We are proud and thankful that we are able to partner with the Edison Rotary and continue this well-deserved recognition," said Diehl, adding that at SPHS, administrators will be looking at different ways to 'recognize, celebrate and reward students who work to make South Plainfield High School the best it can be.'

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