Congratulations Finley Redmond! 11th Grade, Charles O. Dickerson High School
Finley is an exceptional member of our student body. Finley volunteers time at the Trumansburg library throughout the year as well as at our high school library. Finley was also a Freshmen Orientation/New student volunteer for our school which included working with students to make sure they were comfortable with starting school. Finley is kind to peers, respectful toward adults, and is willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed.
2021/2022 Service Above Self Annual Award Winner
Audun Gruber-Hine a senior at Trumansburg Charles O. Dickerson High School was selected for Trumansburg Rotary’s September Service Above Self Award.
His sister, Ash, proudly nominated him for the SAS award stating, “He is a Trumansburg volunteer firefighter!” And perhaps that is all that needs saying; serving a community in this time-honored, selfless way has always been “above and beyond,” and it is doubly significant that one of the younger generation has stepped up in this era of declining fire company volunteerism. The current Fire Company Chief, Matt Taylor, added this: “Audun is a very energetic young man, with great willingness to learn, and is turning into the great asset we need. He is a very compassionate person and is well liked in the department.” Audun has chosen to receive a $50 gift certificate from Little Venice. Rotary’s Service Above Self Award was instituted to recognize students in the Trumansburg Central School District, including those who are home schooled, who exemplify Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, and who live Rotary’s 4-Way Test in their everyday lives: Of the things we think and do, is it the Truth; Is it Fair to All Concerned; Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships; and Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?
I have had the privilege of watching Colby since birth. He epitomizes what Rotary stands for. As a very self-driven student, terrific athlete, and one of the kindest and most caring people I know, he always puts others before himself and will push himself to his limits to help others. During many years in Robotics, he was involved in community giving projects and civic awareness (helped initiate the Recycling Bins). He is the first to offer assistance to anyone in need. One of the earliest signs of his true personality was at the T-burg Fair. He won cash awards during the children's race; his friend won nothing and cried. Colby took it upon himself to split his winnings with his friend, amazing his friend's mother. This is the type of young adult Colby continues to be. He offers his free time to younger athletes through coaching and encouragement. He willingly helps others in need, including me, with tasks for the Gemm Shop. I have no reservations to nominate Colby for this award.
Trumansburg sophomore Skye Georgiadis recently won the Service Above Self award offered by the Trumansburg Rotary. This monthly award goes to students who are selfless in their community work. In particular, Skye won for her work with the "Story Slam," a community event she is organizing. I thought this would be a great way to help her get more traction and community involvement in the project! Trumansburg English Teacher Rebecca Czajkowski, who taught Skye last year, put Skye’s name in the nomination hat. Czajkowski said: “Skye is a formidable student, and a social force to be reckoned with. While I had the opportunity to teach her English 9 course last year, I’m nominating Sky this year because I’ve seen nothing but growth from an already positive presence in our community. Beyond her driving efforts in clubs like Femtastics and our Global Humanism group, Skye has also taken initiative with the resources our STEAM program has to offer, organizing from scratch a “Story Slam,” in which she aims to enable community members to construct their own narratives to present to others in a culminating event. My goal in nominating Skye is to recognize and praise her efforts, highlighting them as a model for other high school-aged students. In a post-pandemic academic environment, it is becoming increasingly rare to see the drive, autonomy, and passion that a student like Skye has for her community work.” Congratulations to Skye!
Congratulations Meghan Clark
Service Above Self Award Winner October 2023
Meghan Clark, a junior at Trumansburg Charles O. Dickerson High School, was selected for Trumansburg Rotary’s October Service Above Self Award. Once again we had a sibling make the nomination which speaks well of the family dynamics and parenting. Per sister, Brianna Clark, “Meghan has always helped and volunteered in the community whenever she could. She volunteers weekly at the American Legion working fish fries, and any event they have and needs help. She volunteered for all of Grassroots and the Trumansburg Fair working in the food tent. ‘She’s great, she always steps in to help without being asked’- says a fellow Legion volunteer. She also makes sure her great aunt’s lawn is mowed and taken care of every week and helps her with whatever she needs. She’s also an amazing sister always and makes me so proud!”
Congratulations Carlos Blackburn Small
Service Above Self Award Winner November 2023
Carlos, a student and a volunteer firefighter, was nominated by his friend, fellow student and recent award-winner Audun Gruber-Hine. “Carlos is a good friend who is a volunteer firefighter,” said Gruber-Hine. “He goes and reaches out to people and tries to help them with their problems, whether it be with schoolwork or with health. He is an overall good person.” Small enjoys reading, gaming, walking and cooking in his spare time. “One of my goals for 2024 is to get more knowledge on how to help my fellow members in the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company,” he said. “After high school, I plan on taking a gap year and then going to a two-year college for some form of forensics.”
Rotarian Peggy Haine added that she’s worked for several years with Carlos’ mom, Karen. “I have enjoyed watching [Carlos] grow into a very mature, thoughtful young man,” said Haine. “In his down time, he has also started a small business, and I know he is a great help at home. I’m delighted that we can recognize young people like Carlos and encourage others to commit to serving their communities, as well.”