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Local school leaders recognized by Rotary Club as top students

Kate Stacey of Orillia Secondary School and Logan Ross of Twin Lakes, were feted this week for their outstanding contributions to their schools
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The Rotary Club of Orillia recognizes local students each month. This week, it recognized students of the month for February. Kate Stacey, left, of Orillia Secondary School, and Logan Ross of Twin Lakes Secondary School, were feted. Contributed photo

The Rotary Club of Orillia recognized a pair of local students as their Students of the Month for February.

These students are responsible, dedicated and passionate individuals that deserve recognition not only for their academic achievements, but also for their outstanding level of involvement in their school and community.

Kate Stacey, of Orillia Secondary School, is a basketball coach, camp counsellor and a peer leader, who is being recognized as a leader making an impact.

Stacey is clearly involved and well suited to leadership. A Grade 12 student ending up in a 12U Peer Leadership class (a Grade 12 university class), she immediately recognized it as a leadership opportunity and a chance to have a big impact and ended up taking on the teaching role of the class and getting the highest mark ever given.

A calm and confident math student, she was asked to tutor Grade 11 students in a course she had never done. Reviewing the entire course, she did this with confidence and volunteered to tutor the second semester as well.

Also joining the Me to We group, the teacher was quickly impressed with her willingness to volunteer for whatever needs to be done. She also makes lunches for three elementary schools and has been doing the morning announcements.

Stacey is highly dedicated to her own success, has a high willingness to learn and do what she can to support the success of others. She has already been accepted to the University of Guelph next fall.

Logan Ross of Twin Lakes Secondary School is full of grit and resilience and stands her ground.

Ross academically excelled, earning the top mark in physical education while also creating one of the most incredible and hauntingly graphic health projects.

A multi-sport athlete and Athlete of Year, Ross competes in football, volleyball and track. Her main sport, lacrosse, is where she is currently fielding scholarship offers from the United States.

Last year, Ross ran the 24-hour Volleyball-a-thon which involved 100 students and the massive multi-school Relay for Life fundraising project and she is currently the president of the Athletic Council.

With strong social and emotional skills, her empathy and likeable personality allows her to subtly help make everyone feel they belong.