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Belger, Markwarth Are November Hats Off Honorees

Dec 15, 2015 08:33PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury High seniors Melissa Markwarth and Shaelah Belger have been named Hats Off honorees for the month of November by the Tewksbury Rotary Club.

The students were honored at a recent Rotary Club luncheon at the Tewksbury Country Club.

Markwarth is the daughter of Kelly and Rich Markwarth. She carries a 3.7 GPA and has made Honor Roll several times. She has been a recipient of numerous Renaissance Gold and Silver Card Awards and scored 1670 on the SATs.

Melissa is a Mock Trial member, Captain’s Council member, Best Buddies member and Peer Leadership member.

Melissa is also active in athletics. She was a member of the basketball team as a freshmen and sophomore; a member of the Volleyball Team, freshmen through junior years; member of the lacrosse team, freshmen through senior years; and a member of the swim team, senior year.

In addition, Melissa has volunteered at the Country Fair every year to help support her uncle's swim team when they swim at the Special Olympics at Harvard.

"Melissa has been a wonderful teammate and friend to Alyssa Anderson this fall on the swim team," said TMHS Principal Kristen Vogel. "Melissa goes out of her way to talk to Alyssa during the day and has volunteered to sit with Alyssa on the bus to meets so Alyssa can take the bus with the team."

Shaelah Belger is the daughter of Diane Goodrich. She has made the Principal’s List , the Honor Roll and is enrolled in Honor Courses. Shaelah is presently working towards a Certification for Nursing Assistant in January of 2016.

Shaelah is a member of the Yearbook Committee, chorus and the Drama Club crew. Shaelah has volunteered selling wreaths at the AppleFest Fair for the Adaptive Ski Club.

"Shaelah possesses an embodiment of the true spirit of giving and volunteerism," said nominating faculty member, Mr. Patrick Galligan. "Shaelah consistently gives her personal time to assist and befriend the handicapped population of TMHS."

Nominating faculty member, Ms. Anne McGregor Fay, applauded Shaelah for her endless help to raise money for the Adaptive Ski Team.

Ms. Ginger Scott, a classroom aide, commended Shaelah for her dedication to the Lifeskills classroom, even on a Saturday, for the AppleFest Fair all day long.

Mr. Alan Lefebvre, a vocational certified aide, said he is amazed that she gave a whole day of her time volunteering at the AppleFest Fair.

Ms. Jennifer Higgins, nurse in the Lifeskills classroom, said she appreciates Shaelah’s help with the Adaptive Ski Club.

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