Student appreciation day – Rotary honors Lyman Gilmore students |

Student appreciation day – Rotary honors Lyman Gilmore students

Four students stood at the head table Monday inside the Holbrooke Hotel, rendered speechless by the standing ovation they were receiving.

Although they had difficulty putting their accomplishments into words, the March honorees for the Lyman Gilmore Middle School Student of the Month program beamed with pride, clutching their framed certificates in front of the lunching Grass Valley Rotary.

The tradition dates back four years, when the Grass Valley Rotary first participated in the Adopt-a-School program.

For one afternoon each month, it’s a future generation of leaders honored by the Rotary group, with students dressed in their business best for a lunch with some of the community’s high-powered elite.

Rotarian and Lyman Gilmore Principal Stephanie Pope was gracious in thanking sixth-grader Morgan Imel, seventh grader Anthony Gallino, eighth-grader Nicole Misley and Lyman Gilmore Academy student Catherine LaBrie for their achievements during the year.

“I’ve never gotten a standing ovation before,” Pope said as Rotary members stood and cheered the four students honored.

Eighth-grade teachers honored Misley for her positive attitude “and her willingness to share her opinion and get the most out of each class at school,” a notion she didn’t dispute.

“I’m a pretty dramatic person,” said Misley, who sings in the school choir.

Teachers praised Gallino as a gentleman. “He is well-liked and a peacemaker with his peers, often helping them settle minor disagreements,” a team of seventh-grade teachers wrote in honoring Gallino, who showed up at the hotel with his parents, Kevin and Lynn.

LaBrie, who attends instructor Dave Lawell’s block of academic and hands-on classes at the Lyman Gilmore Academy, was honored for her work with the Chernobyl Children’s Project, which each summer brings together students from Belarus to visit Grass Valley, as well as her work as a volunteer at many school events.

“This is a great honor,” she gushed.

Imel was praised by sixth-grade teacher Kathy Perez for her compassion for her fellow students and teachers. “What impresses me most … is the kind of person Morgan is on the inside,” Perez wrote. “Our world would be a better place if more of us were like her. She has a sincere compassion for her fellow human beings…”

Upon hearing this, Imel simply smiled, clutched her award, and bowed her head, leaving Pope to speak for her and the assembled group.

“This is a chance for these students to be really proud of themselves,” Pope said.

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