Thornton Donovan School senior Chris Miles and Pelham Memorial High School sophomore Kimberley Rosell are the recipients of the June 2017 Heart of Pelham PACT (HOPP) Award, sponsored by Arthur Scinta of Houlihan Lawrence. Thank you to our sponsors for making this award possible for Pelham youth.
Chris Miles is being honored for his KINDNESS, DETERMINATION and PERSEVERENCE. A senior at Thornton Donovan School, Chris moved to Pelham in 8th grade in order to pursue better academic opportunities, leaving behind his family and friends in the Bronx. In the five years he has lived in Pelham and attended Thornton Donovan, he has immersed himself in the school community and taken it upon himself to watch over and encourage younger students, serving as an extraordinary role model for them. Courteous, thoughtful and kind, Chris goes out of his way to help fellow students and families. At school, Chris is an active member of the Rocket Society and plays the drums. He is also the first student in the history of his school to be awarded an athletic college scholarship, and will be playing rugby in college next fall.
According to the adult who nominated him, Chris, “is a perfect example of someone who takes advantage of the opportunities given to him and is grateful for those opportunities. He is a positive role model for all young children and we are honored to know him.”
Kimberly Rosell is being honored for her LEADERSHIP, COMPASSION and COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. A sophomore at PMHS, Kimberly is already a prolific community and school leader. As a Girl Scout, Kimberly has volunteered on behalf of senior citizens, veterans, and the environment and attained the Silver Award for her work with the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter. She has also served as a role model for younger scouts. Currently, she is working toward her Gold Award by organizing a large-scale collaborative effort to thank the Village of Pelham and Pelham Manor Police Departments. For the past two years, she has been selected to speak at the Annual Girl Scout Heart of the Hudson Luncheon, where she has spoken on the importance of community leadership. She has also volunteered her time with Pelham Business Club and Relay for Life. At school, Kimberly is an honor student and a member of the Art History Club, Habitat for Humanity and the Art Club. She is also a member of the PMHS Varsity Volleyball team, and is Captain of her LHVA Volleyball Club.
The adult who nominated Kimberly praised her for being a compassionate leader. “Her enthusiasm to get others involved is one of her strongest traits. For ten years, she has pursued action to help others and has done so with great pride. She has helped seniors, younger scouts, veterans, the environment and animals. It’s been a life long journey she believes in, and one she will continue.”
Do you know a Pelham teen doing great things in the community? Nominate him or her for the Heart of Pelham PACT (HOPP) Award! The next round of nominations are due by Dec. 1, 2017.
Photos supplied by PACT, taken by Deborah Karson.