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Ellington Juniors Named Whiz Kids of the Week

The Ellington High School junior class officers have been instrumental in making the class' experience a positive one.

Names: Alec Weiner (President), Kelly Mulka (Vice President), Emily Cohen (Treasurer), Josie Gerber (Secretary), and Meredith Kuraska (Social Chairman). 

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Accomplishment: This group has been very active in the areas of community service, school spirit, and affecting positive change within the school.  

Key to Awesomeness: They have been tenacious, diligent, dedicated, and responsible.

"I haven’t a bad word to say about them," said class advisor Kandace Murdock. "They have single handedly motivated the school and created cohesiveness in their class. They are in my room almost daily checking in!"

She added that one student has taken on a bulletin board in the junior hallway to update everyone on games, events, and holiday plans. There is another board they prepared that is devoted to the next three months and has a check list of how to prepare for prom (what to wear, how to ask your date, when to buy the corsage, etc.).

Murdock says that these officers have challenged the class to unify, created one of the best spirit weeks in years, and handed out munchkins and pencils to the class on the first day of school.

They also did a fundraiser where they sold sweatshirts

They helped organize Cool Schools when Ellington High School was on it, Weiner ran a can drive where they received over 7,000 cans to be donated to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, and Mulka is going to be running a mini Relay for Life next year at the school.

"These kids have been wonderful," Murdock said. "I think the the thing with these guys is that they're forward thinkers. They truly want their experience and their class' experience to be as great as it can be. I think that's a unique quality for any group of officers."

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