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Marjamaa, Rice receive Optimist award

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

The Huntington Optimist Club recognizes two outstanding young people who demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens each year. In keeping with the motto of Optimist International, “Friend of Youth,” Audrey Marjamaa and Brendan Rice have received the Youth Appreciation Award for 2014.

Marjamaa is a student at Crestview Middle School in eighth grade. She was nominated by her teachers who believe she is a natural leader in the classroom. She is in the top of her class academically and participates in the Comic Book Club, Spell Bowl, Academic Super Bowl and Student Council. Marjamaa also participates in karate, piano and guitar lessons. Her teachers believe she works hard daily and challenges herself in whatever task may be presented to her and has impressive strategizing and critical thinking skills. They also wrote, “Audrey is a caring and patient person that helps others whenever she can.” Her parents are Kevin and Sara Marjamaa.

Brendan Rice, an eighth grader at Crestview Middle School, was also selected by the Huntington Optimist Club to receive the Youth Appreciation Award for 2014. He was nominated by the Blue Thunder Teachers at Crestview who believe Rice is an exceptional student who excels in all academic endeavors. They further wrote “he is dependable and conscientious and is a positive influence on his peers, has a positive attitude, hunger for learning and willingness to help others.” Rice is involved in Academic Super Bowl, Spell Bowl, Spelling Bee (2014 school champion), Bowling League, 4-H and Huntington County Baseball. His parents are Kevin and Paula Rice.

Shown in the photo from left to right are Mike Rohler, president, Optimist Club; Brendan Rice, Audrey Marjamaa and Chuck Werth, principal, Crestview Middle School.