Elizabethtown Area High School seniors Grace Murray and Joseph Szymanski were named the Elizabethtown Rotary Club’s students of month for May. Murray and Szymanski were honored for their high academic achievement and extensive involvement in school and community service activities.
Murray is the daughter of Thomas Murray of Elizabethtown. She is member of the prestigious National Honor Society. Murray was named a commended student in the National Merit Scholarship program. She is active in numerous school programs and activities. She is captain of the girls volleyball team, a member of the competition science team, and a volunteer in the high school multiple disabilities room. Murray is the recipient of numerous underclassmen awards including in the areas of anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, and English. She received both the players’ award and captain’s award for volleyball.
Murray is active in the community. She volunteers with an autism support group helping teenagers with autism strengthen their social skills. She also has participated in the local Relay for Life for the past 16 years.
Murray plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh Honors College and obtain a degree in biochemistry with the ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.
Szymanski holds leadership positions in numerous school activities. He is president of the high school’s Model UN Club, treasurer for student council, captain of the high school ice hockey team, and manager for the high school soccer team. He received an underclassman award for excellence in the area of Nazism and the Holocaust.
In the community, Szymanski has interned with state representative Dave Hickernell. He also is a member of the Hershey Bears junior ice hockey team and has represented his church at the Church Council National Youth Conference in Houston.
Szymanski plans to attend the Honors College at George Mason University and major in government and public policy.
Rotary is a service organization that helps build goodwill and peace in the local community and throughout the world. The main objective of Rotary is service in the community. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence.
The Elizabethtown Rotary Club has supported the Elizabethtown youth for many years and in many ways. Some of the Rotary programs have been; Rotary Student of the Month, Pfautz Scholarship, Student Loans, Text-A-Tip notification program, Byrnes Health Center Field Trips, America’s Promise, Junior Achievement and others. Anyone who wants information on the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown may visit the club’s website at www.elizabethtownrotary.org.