On February 15 the Twin Valley Rotary club was proud to honor Twin Valley High School seniors Mackenzie Rice and Aidan Porter as their students of the month. The presentation was made at their weekly meeting. Mackenzie and Aidan were honored for their participation in extra-curricular activities and outstanding academic achievement. Mackenzie has played the violin since the third grade, has been a member of the volleyball team for six years, and a member of the track and field team for five years. Mackenzie has also been a high school hero for two years, where she travels to area elementary schools to teach children life skills such as the importance of respecting others, being thankful, and confidently expressing themselves. She is a proud member of the Twin Valley LINK program where she has been able to foster positive change in the high school environment by connecting various individuals to one another through participation at off-site gatherings. Mackenzie is attending Penn State University in the fall with hopes of becoming a veterinary technician in the future. She has also been lucky enough to secure an internship at a nearby animal hospital, where she’s already participated in minor surgeries, births, and general check-ups. She is employed at a local pet shop where she is able to further her studies and interests in animals.
Aidan has lived in the Twin Valley School District his entire life. He is an active member and volunteer in his congregation at the Kingdom Hall in New Holland, PA. Over the last four years Aidan has been an active member of the TVHS orchestra, serving as principle violist for the last two years. Aidan also served in the pit orchestra of last year's Wizard of Oz musical and has qualified and performed at Berks County Senior Orchestra the last three years. Volunteering to play in a quartet of fellow students for many events, he has even had the privilege of playing in the lobby before the Reading Symphony Orchestra performance twice. Currently he has an internship at TVEC along with three other interns teaching stringed instruments. Aidan was honored with the recognition of "outstanding intern" during the school board's November meeting. Since 2014 he has been a member of History Club and was inducted into National Honor Society in the spring of 2016. This year Aidan was chosen to be involved with the TVSD College and Career Readiness Advisory Council. His focus scholastically has been on the technology courses at TVHS. The Technology Department has prepared him well, as Aidan has been accepted to Thaddeus Stevens College for the fall 2017 semester. Aidan will be pursuing a career in the electrical field.
Pictured (L to R): Mackenzie Rice, Chris Doyle, and Aidan Porter