Ex­change names Coun­cil Rock’s Melissa Zhou ‘Stu­dent of the Year’

The Advance of Bucks County - - AROUND TOWN -

NEW­TOWN - Coun­cil Rock grad­u­ate Melissa Zhou took top hon­ors at the Greater New­town Ex­change Club’s (GNEC’s) an­nual June Core Creek Pic­nic where she re­ceived GNEC’s Stu­dent of the Year award.

The cov­eted award and ac­com­pa­ny­ing mone­tary gift is awarded an­nu­ally to a win­ning stu­dent se­lected from GNEC’s Stu­dent of the Month award win­ners. The win sig­ni­fies the epitome of the win­ning stu­dent’s aca­demic achieve­ment, so­cial out­reach and ser­vice to oth­ers.

Zhou grad­u­ated in the top two per­cent of her se­nior class and was a dis­tin­guished honor roll stu­dent and in­vi­tee to the Prin­ci­pal’s Break­fast. Her school ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded pub­lic re­la­tions for the Science National Honor So­ci­ety, color guard cap­tain and stu­dent tu­tor­ing. Her com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded sewing dresses for South African or­phans via Dresses with Love and dance per­for­mances chore­ographed by De­bra Sparks Dance Works, which she per­formed for nurs­ing homes.

Zhou’s travel ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude a Peo­ple To Peo­ple stu­dent am­bas­sador­ship to Europe, a trip to Ar­gentina with the march­ing band and vis­its to China with friends and fam­ily. Her hob­bies and in­ter­ests in­clude dance lessons and classes at New­town Yard­ley Chi­nese School. Zhou is look­ing for­ward to en­ter­ing col­lege at the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia.

The Greater New­town Ex­change Club is a Bucks County ser­vice club ded­i­cated to the preven­tion of child abuse and fam­ily ser­vices. For in­for­ma­tion, call 215-469-1466 or visit its Face­book page.

Melissa Zhou re­ceives the SOY Award from Surelle Wind.

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