- Round Lake High School
Silent Servant Award Recipients
The Peter R. Marsh Foundation recognizes that private citizens who selflessly and quietly serve others are indeed the most valuable citizens of their communities. The Foundation maintains two Silent Servant Award programs to encourage selfless service to others by identifying these Silent Servants, recognizing and awarding them for their service, encouraging them to continue their important community role and to inspire others to experience the personal fulfillment of living as a Silent Servant.
This year, 3 RLHS Seniors received this distinguished award. Congratulations to these extraordinary seniors for a much-deserved recognition!
“Over the last 4 years I have watched Sean Rodgers grow into a well-rounded young man; and I have witnessed his determination and curiosity in all he does. He has been extremely successful at Round Lake High School where he earned a 4.23 weighed GPA and has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar. He has been incredibly involved at our school, joining National Honors Society and Panther Crew. He participated in our athletic programs for Tennis, Lacrosse and Sports Medicine program, as well as played Hockey for the Northern Illinois Hockey League all 4 years of high school, all while balancing his honors and AP coursework. I think it is important to note these involvements due to their time commitment, for even with all of this on his plate he still made time for community service work in the community.
Every year of high school Sean has been found contributing to his community through a multitude of events. He has attended multiple Feed My Starving Children events packing food for the less fortunate each year, helped create bag books and donated books and the bags he made to Bernie’s Book Bank, and participated in Cradles to Crayons where he helped put together backpacks of school supplies and clothes for underprivileged children. Sean has helped set up a homeless shelter in Highland Park, where he was a part of collecting canned goods and helping make and deliver food for PADS. He also volunteered his time to delivered prepackaged Thanksgiving dinners to underprivileged families and was found spreading cheer at Pumpkin Fest. It takes a big heart to want to engage in community service work, and to want to mentor children is even more impressive. Sean can be found as a camp counselor for Tamarak Day Camp every summer and on the weekends he helps to coach young goalies at his ice rink. Service is part of his spirit and his connection to his community is why he deserves the Silent Servant Award.
Sean Rodgers has committed to attending the University of Nebraska- Lincoln for Psychology. I know that college will help him continue to strive toward higher expectations.”
“I have had the opportunity of getting to know Melisa Pedroza Moctezuma over the last four years within my capacity as a School Counselor for Round Lake Senior High School. I have enjoyed watching her grow into a well-rounded and accomplished young woman. She has earned a 4.22 weighted GPA and she never stops to pushing herself to be the best that she can! Melisa is someone who I know will always make school and her community her top priority, but she also works to get involved as much as she can. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know Melisa and work with her over her high school career; I would venture to say that she is one of the top few students that I have encountered in my career.
Over her high school career she pushed herself to take a rigorous class load, so much so that Melisa became an AP Scholar her junior year for scoring a 4 or higher in all three of her AP tests. She also earned the coveted Seal of Biliteracy through the State of Illinois in English and Spanish, showing proficiency in both languages. She also joined the Volleyball and Track teams and remained on those teams all 4 years of her high school career. What I find truly remarkable about Melisa’s involvement in RLHS is how she quickly took up the mantel of a leader in her sports. I point out all these things so you can understand the time commitment that she is already involved in and yet she still works to do community service work.
She volunteered her time at a multitude of organizations, like at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff she checked donated books and created book bags for the less fortunate students and schools in the area. She also took time out of her nights and weekends to go to Feed my Starving Children to pack meals for hungry children in foreign countries. She volunteered her time for the Red Cross blood drive to ensure that the organization has the support it needed to be successful in our community, assisted at our school first speech team tournament where she directed individuals and assisted to make sure the event ran smoothly, as well as assisted the counselors to facilitate a smooth Freshman orientation and 8th grade preview day. She was an integral member of the Holiday Gift Wrapping program to help make sure that the donated gifts for less fortunate children were wrapped with love for the holidays. All those volunteer activities were impressive but nurturing young children was incredible to me. Melisa volunteered her time during the week to help support the middle school Volleyball team at their games, using her skills as our Volleyball team captain to support their growth both mentally and physically. As a captain, she learned so many skills like how to be coachable and how to teach others to be coachable enabling support and confidence in her both teammates and the middle school students.
Melisa is an individual who will push herself to excel no matter the environment and regardless of the obstacles before her, which is why she was selected as our winner of the Accepting the Challenge of Excellence award at RLHS. Melisa is compelled to study Psychology in the future because of her sense of social responsibility. I believe Melisa has tremendous potential and I feel confident that she will continue to push herself to excel while in college. She plans to attend a 4-year colleges in Florida. It is for these reasons that I highly recommend Melisa Pedroza Moctezuma for your esteemed scholarship; with your financial support, she will be able to accomplish all of her dreams.”
“For the past 10 years, Ava Klein has been an active member of her church. She leads worship with song, readings and preaching. She can spend up to 8 hours on a Sunday there when she is participating and helping in the nursery. Not too many teens I know of today are willing to give up their Sundays like that! Through her church, Ava completed two mission trips. One was to Toronto when she spent a week working with the homeless. She helped prepare meals and winter clothes to hand out and also served at the $1 restaurant. This restaurant was started by a monk where people can have the dignity of paying for their own meal and be served and respected and seen. Her second trip was to Alabama where she helped repair a woman’s house (paint, updates, etc.) and rebuild her porch. She also spent a few days working at a Kids Club doing activities with 7-9 year olds, giving them a safe place to be. Horses are a huge part of Ava’s life. She has spent the last 5 years working and volunteering at her barn. She helps girl and boy scouts earn their equine badge. They have a “crash course” in feeding, grooming, and riding. Serving others is such a part of who Ava is. She does not volunteer because she feels obligated, she does it because it is who she is and will continue to be a part of the woman she will grow to become. I am so proud of her.”
- Amanda Smith