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Metro Kiwanis recognizes Crestview students

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2015

Huntington Metro Kiwanis recognized outstanding 8th graders from Crestview Middle School at a dinner held on Monday, February 16. Katie Olinger and Paul Helmich were the students selected by the Crestview Middle School staff.

The students were recognized for their accomplishments and excellence in scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, character-building activities, extra-curricular achievement, volunteering and leadership. Chuck Werth, principal at Crestview, attended the dinner and spoke about the outstanding students as special people that are a shining example to others in the community and at Crestview Middle School.

Katie Olinger is the daughter of Jamie and Melanie Olinger. She thanked her parents for the impact they have had on her life, and Werth and her teachers for nominating her for the award. Katie has participated in band, choir, cheerleading and 4-H. Her interest in music was developed at a young age singing at the Pioneer Festival with her father. She also is dance captain for the Cougar First Edition show choir at Crestview.

Olinger’s goals in life include being a good role model, excelling in academic work and having a good work ethic. She also wants to give back to the community by using her talents and believes she can achieve these goals by using integrity and leadership in all she does. Olinger is considering a career in accounting, pharmaceutical work, food nutrition or journalism.

Paul Helmich introduced his mother and thanked her for her encouragement and support. Helmich also thanked Huntington Metro Kiwanis for the award, and Werth and his teachers for selecting him as an outstanding 8th grader.

Helmich has been involved in club soccer, which began while living in England, and he is a crew leader for the Cougar Café project of donating cupcakes to the Huntington Homeless shelter. Helmich enjoys reading and drawing and his favorite classes are math and English. His plans include college and pursuing a career in architecture.

Each student received a plaque and will have his or her name engraved on the outstanding student plaque that was made by Huntington Metro Kiwanis member Jim Dinius. The plague is displayed in a prominent place in the school.