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Rotary Students of the Month

The Elizabethtown Area High School Rotary Student of the Month program celebrates and recognizes student achievements by sustaining a culture of learning and belonging that values academic success and raises awareness of student contributions to the high school community. All the honorees have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their studies, leadership and character qualities, and positive contributions to our school community.

To learn more about the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown, visit the club's website at www.elizabethtownrotary.org.


June 2024

Mikaela Condran

Mikaela Condran

Mikaela, the daughter of Matthew and Erin Condran of Elizabethtown, has consistently showcased exceptional academic aptitude and leadership throughout her high school journey. Notably, her commitment to scholarship, character, leadership, and service earned her induction into the esteemed T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Mikaela's academic excellence was prominently recognized at past underclass awards programs. She garnered praise for her outstanding performance in Honors Biology, German 2, and Competition Science, underscoring her prowess in diverse subject areas.

Mikaela's fervor for science radiated through her involvement with the high school's Competition Science team. Her achievements include clinching the title of Senior Reserve Champion for her project in the Chemistry and Materials Science category, as well as securing a third-place award for her project in the Energy category at the North Museum Science and Engineering Fair. Additionally, her awards extended to the Science Olympiad, where she was a three-time regional medalist in Forensics and Green Generation, qualifying for the state competition annually.

Beyond academics, Mikaela is actively immersed in extracurricular pursuits such as Key Club, Human Rights Club, and Reading Olympics. Notably, her leadership skills were evident as she captained the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 2 champion Field Hockey team. Her stellar performance on the field earned her numerous accolades, including the Big E Booster Club Offensive MVP in 2022 and 2023, Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 2 all-star and academic team all-star, Lancaster-Lebanon All-star, Academic all-state team, and second-team all-state.

In addition to her academic and extracurricular commitments, Mikaela also contributes to her community through her employment with Condran's Landscaping and her dedication to pet sitting.

Looking ahead, Mikaela is poised to embark on the next chapter of her academic journey at Williams College, where she intends to major in Biochemistry or Environmental Science while continuing her passion for field hockey.

 

Nathan Merlo

Nathan Merlo

Nathan, the son of Peter and Kathy Merlo, has consistently showcased exceptional academic prowess and leadership throughout his high school journey. He was honored with induction into the prestigious T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, recognizing his commitment to scholarship, character, leadership, and service. With a remarkable 4.0 GPA, he ranks among the top 10 students in his class.

Beyond academics, Nathan is deeply involved in various extracurricular activities, including the concert and marching band, orchestra, Model UN, and Key Club. As an active member of Key Club, he has dedicated himself to serving the community through numerous impactful projects. Additionally, Nathan contributes his talents to the cross country and track and field teams, displaying his commitment to both physical fitness and teamwork.

Outside of school, Nathan works at Subway in Elizabethtown. He is also an active member of Hope Community Church in Mount Joy, PA, and participates in the youth group at Cross Roads Brethren in Christ Church, where he engages in meaningful community and faith-based activities.

Looking ahead, Nathan has set his sights on pursuing a bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

 


May 2024

Lillia Alvarez

Lillia Alvarez

Lillia, daughter of Victor and Shannon Alvarez of Elizabethtown, has consistently demonstrated remarkable academic prowess and leadership throughout her high school career. Notably, she was inducted into the T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, reflecting her dedication to scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Lillia's academic excellence also extends to her underclassman award in French II.

Lillia’s passion for science and innovation has shined through her involvement with the high school’s Competition Science team, where she has achieved significant success, including two First-in-Category wins at the North Museum Science and Engineering Fair and securing regional medals and state qualification in the Science Olympiad competition.

Outside of academics, Lillia is actively engaged in extracurricular activities such as the Tennis Team, Newspaper Club, Reading Olympics, and the Human Rights Club.

Lillia is committed to her community through her work at CVS as a retail associate and her dedication to providing babysitting and dog-sitting services locally.

Lillia's next academic pursuit involves attending a four-year college or university, where she plans to major in aerospace engineering.

 

Jaycen Conrad

Jaycen Conrad

Jaycen, son of Dustin and Karen Conrad of Elizabethtown, has distinguished himself through his exemplary academic achievements and significant contributions to his school and community. Jaycen was inducted into the T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, underscoring his commitment to scholarship, character, leadership, and service. At the underclassman awards program, Jaycen received the academic excellence award in Honors Chemistry.

In addition to his academic achievements, Jaycen is a decorated athlete, contributing to both the cross country and track and field teams. He has been recognized as a Lancaster-Lebanon League all-star in cross country in 2023 and 2024, as well as a 2024 academic all-star in cross country.

Jaycen's dedication to service extends beyond his school, as he actively volunteers with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, assisting with various community events. Employment wise, Jaycen is employed at The Inside Track in Lancaster. He also attends Hope Community Church in Mount Joy, PA.

Following graduation, Jaycen plans to attend Shippensburg University to major in Computer Engineering and continue his athletic pursuits by joining the cross country and track teams, with aspirations of a career in computer hardware design.

 


April 2024

Olivia Nilsen

Olivia Nilsen

Olivia, daughter of Hyung Ku Nilsen and Amy Nilsen of Elizabethtown, has exemplified outstanding academic and leadership qualities throughout her high school career. She was inducted into the T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, demonstrating her commitment to scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Olivia's academic excellence was also recognized with awards in AP Calculus.

Her involvement in school goes beyond academics. Olivia holds leadership roles in Key Club, Model United Nations, the book club, the tennis team, and the orchestra, among others. She is also an active member of the Human Rights Club and the PIT orchestra.

Beyond school, Olivia has earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award and participates in numerous community volunteer activities. She is a member of the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren and engages in youth programs at Cross Roads Brethren in Christ Church. Olivia works as a food and beverage supervisor at Hersheypark.

Olivia's next step is to attend Penn State University, where she will pursue a degree in biochemistry before attending dentistry school to become an orthodontist.

 

Derek Deardorff

Derek Deardorff

Derek, son of Shane and Mackenzie Deardorff of Elizabethtown, has also made significant contributions to his school and community. He is the captain of the 2024 state champion bowling team, a member of the baseball team, the Student Welfare Agency Team, and Student Council. His prowess in bowling has earned him the title of a two-time Lancaster-Lebanon League all-star.

In the community, Derek has shown his dedication and work ethic by serving at Masonic Village, working on the maintenance staff at Willowood Swim Club, and working part-time at Clearview Lanes.

After graduating, Derek plans to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force.

 

 

 

 


March 2024

Keegan Miller

Keegan Miller

Keegan is the daughter of Brian and Kim Miller of Elizabethtown.

Throughout her high school journey, Keegan earned a spot in the prestigious T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, upholding its foundational values of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Her academic prowess was further highlighted at the underclass awards program, where she received accolades for excellence in honors geometry, psychology, honors human anatomy and physiology, health, and probability and statistics. She also maintained honor roll status each semester.

Keegan's involvement extends beyond the classroom to include participation in Mini-THON, Bible Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, alongside being an active athlete on the girls' soccer and lacrosse teams. She also contributes her time to assisting in the school's multiple disabilities class.

Her commitment to community service shines through her employment at Weis Markets in Elizabethtown and her volunteer efforts with the Iddy Biddy Soccer program, lacrosse clinics through GEARS, and at LCBC Church in Manheim, where she is involved in youth groups and the buddy ministry, supporting individuals with special needs.

With a clear vision for her future, Keegan is set to pursue a career as a physician's assistant, having been accepted into the Accelerated Physician Assistant Program at Lock Haven University.

 

Noah Locke

Noah Locke

Noah is the son of Arnold and Kathy Locke of Elizabethtown.

In his junior year, Noah was honored with induction into the T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, a testament to his academic and leadership excellence. He plays a significant role in extracurricular activities, serving as co-president of both the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Stock Market Club, in addition to being the captain of the varsity basketball team and a founding member of the high school's Student Lighthouse Team. Noah also contributes his talents to the soccer team and is actively involved in Mini-THON initiatives.

Noah's athletic prowess is well-recognized; he earned the distinction of being named a first team all-star by the Lancaster-Lebanon League for soccer and received an all-tournament honor in basketball. His leadership and skills extend into his involvement with FBLA, where he secured first place in the regional marketing division and in the financial systems and banking division at a competition, showcasing his business acumen.

Beyond his school engagements, Noah is employed as a food server at Masonic Villages, where he has also been celebrated with the Outstanding Volunteer Award for his commitment to service.

Looking to the future, Noah is poised to pursue higher education at Penn State University, where he aims to major in Business/Finance, continuing his journey of leadership and academic achievement.

 


February 2024

Emma Keener

Emma Keener

Emma is the daughter of Joe and Jen Keener of Elizabethtown.

During her academic journey, Emma attained membership in the esteemed T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, embodying its core tenets of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. At the underclass awards program, Emma's achievements were recognized by the high school faculty with academic excellence awards in biology and Algebra II. Moreover, she was honored with the prestigious Academic Leadership Award during the ceremony.

Beyond academics, Emma excels as a musician, serving as the first violinist in the orchestra and the second violinist in the pit orchestra. She also undertakes an internship in the middle and high school orchestra department. Emma showcases her leadership abilities in various school programs, holding positions such as overall student leader for Mini-THON, mentor for Jump Start, and mentor for the National Honor Society. Additionally, she is a team member with the high school's Unified Bocce Team.

Actively engaged in community service, Emma works at Udder Bliss Creamery in Elizabethtown and is a devoted member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Within the church, she leads the worship team and volunteers for the Lunch in the Park program.

Looking ahead, Emma aspires to pursue a degree in Child and Family Studies at Albright College, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Child Life Specialist.

 

Ian Brosey

Ian Brosey

Ian resides with John Wanczyk and Selina Boyer of Elizabethtown.

Ian is a versatile athlete, participating in two sports at the high school level. He holds the role of captain within the football team and contributes as a member of the Unified Bocce Program.

Ian's dedication to serving others shines through his impactful contributions to the school community. His efforts were honored with the Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care Do The Right Thing award, acknowledging his commitment to making a positive difference, even when no one is watching. Furthermore, Ian showcases leadership within the Paws and Think Club and fulfills the role of a student ambassador at the high school.

Outside of his school commitments, Ian works at The Spot Hometown Deli in Elizabethtown.

As he looks ahead, Ian plans to pursue a post-secondary degree in special education.

 

 


January 2024

Emily Phillips

Emily is the daughter of Scott and Brenda Phillips of Elizabethtown.

In her academic journey, Emily achieved membership in the distinguished T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, embodying the fundamental

Emily Phillips

principles of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. She also earned several prestigious recognitions, including AP Scholar with Distinction for scoring three or higher on five or more AP exams and Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship program. The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency presented Emily with a Certificate of Merit for achieving one of the 5,000 highest SAT or ACT scores in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

At the underclass awards program, Emily's accomplishments were acknowledged by the high school faculty through academic excellence awards in areas such as Honors General Science, French II, Honors Competition Science, AP World History, AP Literature and Composition, and AP Biology. She also received the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award for demonstrating superior intellectual promise in the field of science.

Assuming leadership roles in various school activities, Emily serves as secretary for the Key Club, co-president for the book club, section leader for the marching band, and student leader for the bible club. Her extracurricular involvement extends to the Mountain Biking Club and the Competition Science and Science Olympiad teams. As a member of the Competition Science Team, Emily achieved first place in the Microbiology category at the North Museum Science and Engineering Fair.

An accomplished musician, Emily plays the French Horn in school musical groups, including the concert band, marching band, orchestra, and pit orchestra. She has been recognized by both the Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educators Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association in their all-star ensembles.

Actively contributing to the community, Emily is employed at Udder Bliss Creamery in Elizabethtown. Additionally, she is involved with Kenbrook Bible Camp as a Counselor in Training and maintenance volunteer. Emily is a dedicated member of the Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church, participating in the congregational worship team, youth worship team, intergenerational choir, and instrument ensembles. She has also served on mission trips to Niagara Falls, New York, New Kensington, PA, and Bogota, Colombia.

Looking forward, Emily envisions pursuing studies in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Sustainability at Messiah University.

 

Bradley Kreider

Bradley Kreider

Bradley is the son of David and Lois Kreider of Elizabethtown.
In the academic sphere, Bradley earned induction into the prestigious T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, demonstrating his dedication to the fundamental values of scholarship, character, leadership, and service throughout his high school journey.

Beyond his academic accomplishments, Bradley actively participates in various school activities, including the concert and marching bands, the orchestra, and the cross country and track and field teams. Bradley received recognition from the Lancaster-Lebanon League as a Section II First Team All-Star and Academic All-Star in cross country. Moreover, the Elizabethtown Optimist Club honored Bradley as its Athlete of the Month.

Outside of the school environment, Bradley is employed by Weis Markets in Elizabethtown. He is also a member of Cross Roads Church in Mount Joy, where he serves as a camera operator and live stream director.

Looking to the future, Bradley aspires to pursue a degree in computer science at a post-secondary institution. He intends to compete on the cross country and track and field teams at the collegiate level.

 

 


December 2023

Maggie Clouser

Maggie is the daughter of Matt and Janel Clouser of Elizabethtown.

Maggie Clouser

In her academic journey, Maggie attained membership in the esteemed T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, embodying the core tenets of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Notably, her accomplishments were acknowledged by the high school faculty through academic excellence awards in the curricular areas of Wellness 9, Naval Science, The Vietnam War, Geography, Honors General Science, and Honors Algebra 2 at the underclass awards program. The Daughters of the American Revolution also bestowed upon Maggie the American Revolution JROTC Bronze Medal. Additionally, she consistently secured a spot on the academic honor roll throughout her high school years.

Maggie assumes leadership roles in various school activities, holding the position of captain for the girls’ soccer team, student leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and mentor for the Etown Jump Start Program. Her participation in school programs and activities also extends to the girls’ basketball team, bible club, quiz bowl, and debate club.

Actively contributing to the community, Maggie volunteers for the GEARS Iddy Biddy Soccer program, serves as a counselor at the FCA Power Camp in Manheim, and engages in activities within her Harvest Bible Church community, including active membership in the youth group, service in the toddler ministry, and volunteering for vacation bible school. Additionally, she is employed at Udder Bliss Creamery in Elizabethtown.

Looking ahead, Maggie envisions pursuing a degree in physical education at a Christian college.

 

Gabriel Rottet

Gabriel is the son of Todd and Melissa Rottet of Elizabethtown.

Gabriel Rottet

In the realm of academics, Gabriel earned induction into the esteemed T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, reflecting his commitment to the core values of scholarship, character, leadership, and service throughout his high school journey.

Beyond his academic achievements, Gabriel is a highly accomplished musician with a diverse range of talents. As a concert and chamber choir member, he excels as a bass vocalist and piano accompanist. In the orchestra, Gabriel showcases his skills as both a cellist and pianist, while in the concert and marching bands, he demonstrates proficiency as a mallet and auxiliary percussionist. Additionally, Gabriel plays the keyboard in the pit orchestra for high school musicals.

Gabriel's involvement extends to various school activities, including Quiz Bowl, science club, and coding club, showcasing his well-rounded engagement within the academic community.

Outside of school, Gabriel actively participates in the Etown United Recreational Soccer League and is a dedicated youth choir member at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Employment-wise, he serves as a food server at the Masonic Villages of Elizabethtown.

Looking towards the future, Gabriel has aspirations to pursue a degree in software engineering at a four-year college or university while maintaining his passion for music and continued involvement in musical pursuits.

 

 


November 2023

Calla Stoltzfus

Calla is the daughter of Todd and Mandi Stoltzfus of Elizabethtown.

Calla Stoltzfus

In the academic realm, Calla earned induction into the esteemed T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society during her high school journey, showcasing the pillars of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. She completed the Attollo Recruit program, securing a spot as an Attollo Scholar for demonstrating leadership qualities and potential for excellence. In addition, she has been a regular member of the academic honor roll.

Calla is no stranger to leadership roles in various school activities. As a member of both the concert and chamber choirs, she not only contributes her voice but also presides as the president of the chorus. On the sports front, she proudly holds the position of captain for the two-time Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 2 tennis team. Her leadership extends beyond sports into extracurriculars, such as the Model UN program, where she serves as vice president, and the Bible Club, where she takes on the role of a student leader. In the theatrical realm, Calla actively participates, having graced the stage in productions like "Into the Woods" and "SpongeBob the Musical." Additionally, she is a dedicated Key Club and Book Club member.

Calla generously volunteers with the Manheim Project and engages in a local coed recreational soccer program. Within her East Fairview Church of the Brethren in Manheim community, she is an active youth group member, contributes to the worship team, volunteers with the children's ministry, and has partaken in numerous work camps. Notably, her commitment to the church earned her a place on the National Youth Cabinet for the Church of the Brethren. Adding to her diverse experiences, Calla has worked at Groff's Meats and Udder Bliss Creamery.

Looking toward the future, Calla envisions pursuing a nursing degree at a four-year college or university after graduation, with her ultimate goal being to specialize as a labor and delivery nurse.

 

Caleb Garcia

Caleb is the son of Crystal Garcia of Elizabethtown and Julio Garcia of Middletown.

Caleb Garcia

In the academic sphere, Caleb achieved induction into the prestigious T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, embodying the pillars of scholarship, character, leadership, and service throughout his high school journey. Additionally, he consistently secured a spot on the academic honor roll, showcasing his commitment to academic excellence.

Caleb takes on leadership roles in various school activities, serving as the co-president of the Future Business Leaders of America club and captaining the high school soccer team. His involvement also extends to the Chess Club, Paws and Think Club, the Student Lighthouse Team, the Jump Start Program (which welcomes freshmen to the high school), and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Recognizing his positive influence on peers, Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care honored Caleb as a Do The Right Thing winner. He also engages in an internship with Mirelle Associates in accounting and is a member of the Lancaster Elite Soccer Club. Caleb attends LCBC Manheim Campus and spends his summers employed at Hampden Township Community Pool in Mechanicsburg.

Looking ahead, Caleb envisions pursuing a business degree in finance or accounting at a four-year college or university upon graduation.

 

 


October 2023

Catherine Hanlon

Catherine is the daughter of Chris Hanlon of Elizabethtown and Jamie Hanlon of Marietta.

Catherine Hanlon

In the academic domain, Catherine received recognition by the high school as she was inducted into the esteemed T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, embodying the pillars of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Furthermore, her academic excellence in Human Anatomy and Physiology was acknowledged with an award presented by the high school faculty during the underclass awards program.

Catherine's musical achievements are notable, having earned a place in the Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educators Association All-County Choir, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District and Regional Choirs. Her musical prowess extends to winning the Outstanding Soloist Award at the Virginia International Music Festival. Within the high school, she takes on the role of soprano section leader in both the concert and chamber choirs.

Engaging in various school activities, Catherine serves as the president and parliamentarian Award winner of the Model United Nations Club. Additionally, she holds the position of service chairperson for the Human Rights Club and contributes as a staff writer for the school newspaper. Catherine is also actively involved in the book club and Key Club.

In the community, Catherine dedicates her talents to perform at a benefit concert supporting Lifepath Homeless Shelters. She takes the initiative to coordinate and participate in school-wide donation drives, collecting items like hygiene products, food, and clothing. Professionally, Catherine serves as a dining attendant at Masonic Villages.

Looking ahead, Catherine envisions pursuing studies in biomedical sciences or chemistry at a four-year college or university after graduation, with the ultimate goal of enrolling in medical school.

Bryce Kauffman

 

Bryce Kauffman

Bryce is the son of Lindsay and Jon Romig of Elizabethtown and Dave and Mackenzie Kauffman of Holtwood.

Within the academic realm, Bryce consistently earns a place on the high school honor roll.

Taking on leadership roles in various school activities, Bryce serves as the captain of the high school Lacrosse team. He also assumes captaincy for both Mini-THON and the Student Welfare Agency Team (SWAT) program.

In the community, Bryce holds employment at Jackson's Window Shoppe and Giant Food Stores.

Looking ahead, Bryce has aspirations to study human biology at a four-year college or university after graduation, with the ultimate goal of pursuing medical school.

 

 

 


September 2023

Jillian Wivell

Jillian Wivell Senior Portrait

Jillian is the daughter of Jason and Cindy Wivell of Elizabethtown.

In the academic arena, Jillian earned induction into the esteemed T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, exemplifying the four pillars of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Additionally, the high school faculty acknowledged her outstanding achievements by presenting academic excellence awards in Honors English 9, Honors Algebra II, Health 11, and Advanced Placement Language and Composition during the underclass awards program.

Jillian is actively engaged in a variety of school activities, holding the position of co-president of Student Council and serving as a student leader for the Bible Club. Adding a musical touch, she plays the trombone in the marching band and is a member of both the Key Club and Cross Country team.

Beyond the school grounds, Jillian generously volunteers her time at the Etown Fair, contributing to various children's games. In her church community, she actively participates by assisting with toddler Sunday School, playing the keyboard for the youth worship choir, and embarking on a mission trip to Ghana, Africa. Professionally, Jillian serves as a server assistant at The Hershey Bistro and works as a swim instructor for GEARS and Willowood Swim Club.

Looking ahead, Jillian envisions pursuing a study of biopsychology, with a specific focus on children, at a Christian University after graduation.

 

Carter Ketchum

Carter Ketchum Senior Portrait

Carter is the son of Neil and Beth Ketchum of Elizabethtown.

In the realm of academics, Carter was honored by the high school as he became a member of the esteemed T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society, exemplifying the four pillars of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Throughout his tenure at Elizabethtown Area High School, he consistently secured a place on the honor roll in every marking period. Additionally, Carter emerged victorious in the Lancaster Newspapers 2021 and 2022 Student Journalism Contest.

Carter actively participates in a myriad of school activities, serving as the captain for both the Lacrosse team and Mini-THON. His involvement extends to being a member of the band and the swimming team.

Outside the school setting, Carter holds employment at both Willowood Swim Club and the Masonic Village.

Looking toward the future, Carter envisions pursuing higher education at a four-year college, with plans to study economics and/or political science after graduation.