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This year's awardees, all seniors at their respective schools, are Anthony Arace, Cooper Baity, Keiahna Cargill and Daniel Zielinski from Taconic High School and Gabrielle DiMassino, Danielle LeBlanc and Marilyn Maison from Pittsfield High School.

Rotary Announces 2017 Service Above Self Award Recipients

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rotary Club of Pittsfield President Jeff Hassett and Service Above Self Award Chairwoman Joan DiMartino presented seven local students with "Service Above Self" awards.

This award exemplifies student volunteer efforts and their selfless contributions to the service of others. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise which we both encourage and foster.

DiMartino and committee member Rob Proskin reviewed a number of outstanding nominations for students this year and selected the seven awardees for their service above and beyond in their community.

This year's awardees, all seniors at their respective schools, are Anthony Arace, Cooper Baity, Keiahna Cargill and Daniel Zielinski from Taconic High School and Gabrielle DiMassino, Danielle LeBlanc and Marilyn Maison from Pittsfield High School.

"It certainly was not an easy task but it was truly heartwarming to see that more of our students are out in our community volunteering both their time and talents," DiMartino said.

Representatives from Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School presented each of the awardees to the club at a luncheon, held on November 16 at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield. Also in attendance to recognize the student achievements were Roberta McCulloch-Dews, director of Administrative Services from the Office of the Mayor City of Pittsfield; John Vosburgh, principal of Taconic High School; Susan Pivero and Sarah Maddelena from the Taconic High School Guidance Department; Susan Haughey, Taconic Health Tech teacher; Amy Higgins and Janice Barry from the Pittsfield High School Guidance Department; and Todd Eddy, culinary teacher at PHS.

Again this year, Rotary made a $100 donation in the award winners name to a charity of their choice.

The presentation ended with DiMartino congratulating the award winners and thanking their parents for their involvement in supporting their students volunteerism.


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