The Elks of Wareham / New Bedford Lodge No. 1548 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards for students enrolled in local area high schools. The criteria used in nominating a student includes a student who excels in scholarship, citizenship, performing arts, fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school and community service, industry and farming.
We congratulate Senior Kelsea Kidney of New Bedford for being selected as Student of the Month for February by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff. Kelsea is a straight A student. She earned All-Conference and South-Coast All-Star as a senior Cross Country runner and followed it up with a successful Indoor Track season. She is positive, self-motivated, self-advocating, respectful to staff and her peers, and can often be found volunteering to help her classmates and with the special-ed students in the Learning Center. She was awarded the prestigious Silver Key award for exceptional artwork in New England by the Boston Globe, an award previously awarded to Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, and Andy Warhol. She participates in Destination Imagination (DI), a national STEM competition, where her team recently finished 2nd in the entire nation out of more than a thousand competing teams. She also volunteers her time to coach a DI team of elementary students. She also volunteers serving 2-3 times a week in local elementary schools helping the School Psychologist and Counselor work with students having life challenges. Kidney is the model of what a successful American student can be and we are excited to see what her future holds.