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Optimists announce February student of the month

Justine Silberman, right, receives her Student of the Month Certificate from B'ville Optimist President Jim Johnson, left, and Joyce Ramseyer, who is the chairperson for the Optimist student of the month award.

Justine Silberman, right, receives her Student of the Month Certificate from B'ville Optimist President Jim Johnson, left, and Joyce Ramseyer, who is the chairperson for the Optimist student of the month award.

— The Baldwinsville Optimist Club honored its February Student of the Month, Justine Silberman, at Sharkey’s Restaurant Monday, March 12. Silberman was given a Optimist Student of the Month Certificate, $100, an Optimist mug and a dinner for her, her mother, Maria, and her sister, Catherine.

Joyce Ramseyer Optimist student of the month chairperson said Silberman, who is a senior at Baker High School, was recommended for the student of the month award by two guidance counselors, Brandy Dixon and Jeremy Hollenbeck.

“Justine is an outstanding young woman. She works hard and always remains positive,” Dixon said in her recommendation. “I am honored to have worked with Justine.”

Silberman’s many activities include the art and drama co-editor of the schools newspaper The Bakery, and she also reports on upcoming school activities, musical presentations, sports team championship games and senior art demonstrations for the newspaper.

Silberman will represent Baker High School at the 2012 Envirinothan, a statewide competition of high school students discussing ways to help the environment. She is an active member of the Baker Environmental Club whose members research alternate energy sources, environmental concerns and future development plans with respect to water purity and issues like the amount of plastic and aluminum that is accumulating in dumps. She plans to attend college at SUNY Potsdam majoring in environmental science.

Silberman is an avid writer and read one of her poems for the members of the Optimist Club.

All Optimist students of the month are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the club during Senior Moving Up Day held at Baker High School in May.

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