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Manhasset Rotary Club Honors Students

At the March meeting of the Manhasset Rotary Club, two Manhasset residents were presented with the “Student of the Quarter” award in recognition of their high school academic achievements and participation in community service. The meeting was held at Pearl East Restaurant, which set the tone for a lovely ceremony.

Kristina Magas, Saint Mary’s High School (SMHS), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marjan Magas, was honored for her scholastic standing as the number one student in the Class of 2014, as well as for her dedication and motivation in helping others. Miss Magas, who is of Croatian decent, exemplifies the spirit of acceptance and cultural diversity. To her fellow students she is known as a student, leader, musician and athlete who excels in all aspects of her life.

Vincent Gschlecht, director of guidance at St. Mary’s High School had the honor of introducing Kristina to the Rotarians. “From day one at St. Mary’s, Kristina made an impression on the guidance counselors. She advocated for herself and looked for ways in which she could be further challenged academically in an already rigorous environment,” said Gschlecht.

In addition to being a stellar student, Kristina is a member of the SMHS Campus Ministry Club and dedicates her time to the Adventures in Learning program in Manhasset, and is a member of the Scholar Service Institute, Mock Trial Club, Science Olympiad Team, volleyball and badminton teams. In addition, she is a pianist and Croatian dancer.

Magas feels that staying in touch with her roots is very important. She performs with a Croatian dance troupe on Friday evenings, and on the weekends she is a teaching assistant for English in a Croatian school. Her future plans include entering the science or medical field and continuing to help others by giving back to her community and heritage.

Julia Glynn, Manhasset High School (MHS), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Glynn was also honored for her academic achievements and service to others. She was introduced to the Rotarians by her guidance counselor, Jennifer Landman, who noted that, “Julia is a dynamic individual who strives to find balance in academics and athletics while looking for ways to give back to her immediate and surrounding communities.”

Glynn is an Advanced Placement student, with all honors courses and maintains a 4.0 average. She is active in athletics including field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. Her All-American lacrosse status was just published in a national magazine highlighting her leadership in taking her team through the states. She is a member of the Manhasset Junior Breast Cancer Coalition, Key Club, Spanish, French and Science Clubs. She is currently planning a project to help raise awareness and education for Autism.

“Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. These fine young women embody the mission of our organization and we commend them on their achievements in and out of the classroom,” said Mrs. Esther Miller, president of the Manhasset Rotary Club.