Three students received Student of the Month awards at the Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council luncheon held at Verandas on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Ella Baxter of American Martyrs School was praised for her intellectual curiosity and her extensive volunteer work with the children of Friendship Circle. In her own family, she is the oldest of six, so when she is not engaged in school or volunteer activities, she helps take care of her younger brothers and sisters. She is also a member of the Drama Club and a pianist.
Cailin Stroyke has been instrumental in restructuring the Manhattan Beach Middle School yearbook by giving it a new focus and new energy. Her teachers appreciate her work ethic, and one teacher said, “Her gentle ways make her a friend to all.” She comes from a family of several generations that have attended Manhattan Beach schools.
Michael Whinfrey was introduced by his Mira Costa High School biology teacher, Jessica Bledsoe, who commented on his passion for biology and life in general. He learns quickly and helps others understand difficult concepts. He is active at school as a member of the Associated Student Body board and also as the student representative on the school board.
The guest speaker for the luncheon was Gretchen Oshita of the MindUp program of the Beach Cities Health District. She talked about the nature of the brain and how to optimize its operation.
The meeting was chaired by Nancy Hersman of South Bay Business Lawyers, and the invocation was given by The Very Reverend Robert W. Cornner, the Rector of Christ Episcopal Church. The next luncheon will be held Thursday, Jan. 17.