Exchange Club of Sebastian Honors December Students of the Month/Young Citizenship

Pictured left to right: Noah Strater, Kyle Rice, Dominic Camus, Juleianna Delapaz, Dylan Weragoda, Sophia Foderaro, and Adam Preuss, Sebastian Exchange Club Student Coordinator
Pictured left to right: Noah Strater, Kyle Rice, Dominic Camus, Juleianna Delapaz, Dylan Weragoda, Sophia Foderaro, and Adam Preuss, Sebastian Exchange Club Student Coordinator

The Exchange Club of Sebastian is proud to present the Young Citizenship and Youth of the Month award winners for December.  

The Young Citizenship Award honors pre-high school students who demonstrate good citizenship at home and school. The program recognizes and encourages hard-working, honest, helpful, and fair students. Not necessarily those who are salute star scholastic or athletic performers. 

These awards provide classroom teachers with an effective tool to further motivate promising students and give the Exchange Club of Sebastian an enjoyable opportunity to supply encouragement that is important in shaping these characters at an impressionable time in their lives.  

The December Young Citizenship award recipients were Noah Strater from Sebastian Charter Junior High School, Kyle Rice from Sebastian River Middle School, and Sophia Foderaro and Dominic Camus from Storm Grove Middle School. 

Noah Strater 

Noah Strater is a student who exemplifies what a middle school student should embody. He exhibits the utmost respect to everyone, is well-spoken, pays attention to detail, and is reliable. Noah is full of faith and positivity and exudes both citizenship and compassion. He is honest, kind in his dealings, and thoughtful of those around him. With genuine kindness and passion, it allows Noah to shine from within the crowd. Noah is involved with scouts and enjoys video games and legos outside of school. 

Kyle Rice

Kyle Rice is mature and is a student who truly values education and is eager to learn. He maintains an “A” average in all his classes. Kyle embodies the IB learner profile traits that Sebastian River Middle School seeks to instill. Kyle possesses these positive qualities: He is a thinker, carefully analyzing his work, thinking through his responses, and seeking more knowledge. He is open-minded, hears different perspectives, and considers alternatives. 

Dominic Camus

Dominic Camus is responsible, a good listener, and has a great sense of humor. He shows maturity among his peers and is respectful to everyone. Dominic is friendly and always has kind words. 

Sophia Foderaro

Sophia Foderaro always does the right thing. She is a cheerful, super-sweet young lady. She is responsible and conscientious about her assignments and is a pleasure to have in the classroom. Sophia plays competitive soccer. 

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Youth of the Month Award 

The Youth of the Month Award recognizes hard-working high school students who attain high academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership. It is a proven program that rewards outstanding young people and incentivizes other youngsters to strive for equally high levels of achievement.

Julieanna Delapaz

Julieanna Delapaz is an IB Diploma Candidate with a weighted GPA of 4.224 and ranked in the top 10% class. She is a National Honor Society Historian and a member of the National Technical honors society for nursing, SADD Club, Yearbook Committee, Masterminds Club, and Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy. As a member of Teens Listen, she interviewed about two people every week to make a book for the friends and family of the legacy of Mr. Bill Wilson. Julieanna was a 2-time state Jujitsu champion for Florida; she is a green belt and a 2nd year Captain on the Varsity Rowing team placing in the top 10 in the nation and top 4 in the state this year. 

She volunteers every Friday at Fellsmere Elementary to help students struggling with school or behavior issues. In addition, she has planned a color run at SRHS to help raise money for the March of Dimes and taught special needs children skills for jobs such as folding clothes and filing paperwork in envelopes. 

Julieanna has applied to several universities and has been accepted to UCF and UNF. In accepting her award, Julianna thanked our club and her teachers and parents “for this honor.”

Dylan Weragoda

Dylan Weragoda is an IB Diploma Candidate with a weighted GPA of 4.531 and ranked 6th in his class of 400 students. He is a National Honor Society Member and an AP Scholar. He serves as Historian for the SRHS Excel Club. Is a Section Leader for the Marching Sharks and Pride of Sebastian Band and was awarded Most Improved in the brass section. Dylan volunteered at an orphanage in Haiti. He is a Varsity Tennis team member. He has applied to several universities and has been accepted to UF. He plans to study political science and law and “become a lawmaker.” In accepting his award, Dillon thanked our club for “recognizing my academic accomplishments and passions.  

The Students of the Month program is but one of the many community activities sponsored by The Exchange Club of Sebastian. 

Exchange Club of Sebastian Provides

  • Scholarships to graduating seniors
  • Food and supplies to the Roseland Food Pantry
  • Holiday gifts for the children served by Guardians for New Futures
  • Donate to Nana’s House
  • Supplies for Chum Bucket at SRHS
  • Support for veteran and military organizations

The Sebastian Exchange Club has one major fundraiser a year, The Blue Water Open Charity Offshore Fishing Tournament. This year, it will be June 3rd – 4th. Proceeds from this event allow the club to support its Pillars of Service: The Prevention of Child Abuse, Youth Activities, Americanism, and Community Involvement. 

Visit them at a luncheon meeting any Wednesday, except the first Wednesday of each month, at noon at Capt. Hiram’s Resort. Guests are always welcome.

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