In the June 21 Record, 4 graduating students from each of the 3 high schools were identified as the “Best and Brightest”. It came as no surprise that two of the Mark R Isfeld students were Interact students!! One of these deserving students will receive a $500 scholarship, to be announced once the independent panel of judges has made their decision.
Celesta Buchanan is “a self-directed and passionate young person” according to Mrs. Long, the teacher sponsor for the Interact club. She has been a strong student throughout school but has been invaluable to the school citizenship efforts because of her ability to innovate. Through Interact, Celesta initiated a Holiday Card project 3 years ago that raised $2,000 last year alone! And it’s a project that will continue every year under the guidance of a project manual she developed for the club. She also founded the schools Environment club and as its president, organized an Eco Fair that doubled in size this past year. “Celesta avidly seeks opportunities to improve our understanding about environmental initiatives” says Mrs. Long.
Kalyssa Heinrich will pursue International Relationships at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, which is a natural extension of everything that she has accomplished so far. She was a co-president of Interact for 2 years and a mentor this past year. Her work with the Interact club has been instrumental in supporting rural schools and education in Honduras. She was one of two students to join Brian and Cathy for a 5 day visit in Honduras two years ago. She took part in a Rotary Short Term Exchange to Spain last summer, furthering her cultural understanding. Most recently, Kalyssa spearheaded a campaign to support landmine removal in Cambodia. And to top this all off, she has been the nominee or recipient of the Academic Pillar Award and the Citizenship Award in each of the last 3 years. “Kalyssa’s outstanding leadership and her compassion for others have enabled her to make positive and substantial contributions to the school and international communities” said Mrs. Long. “Kalyssa embraces challenges”.