Even though she’s too young to be a member of the Aurora Rotary Club, Lenzi Seylon Hudson lives by the club’s motto, “Service above self.” The seventh-grader from Falcon Creek Middle School is deeply involved in volunteerism and community service through National Junior Honor Society, Aurora’s Teen Court and her family’s church.
“It’s not only about you or not only about me, it’s about us,” said Hudson when she received the Aurora Rotary Club’s “Outstanding Middle School Student Award” on May 16.
Each year the Aurora Rotary Club recognizes one high school and one middle school student from Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools in Aurora. The students receive an award and their schools receive $100 to be used by a school club or organization. Tyler Orton-Keiffer, a student from North Middle School, Heath Sciences and Technology Program, in Aurora Public Schools, was honored with Hudson.
“The criteria for the Aurora Rotary Club Outstanding Student Award requires that students excel in four area of achievement,” said Aurora Rotary Board Member Wendy DeBell. “Those areas are Scholarship, Community Service, School Citizenship and Significant Improvement.”
Hudson excels in all four areas. In addition to her volunteer work, she is also very committed to her school work. She is in Falcon Creek’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and AIM (Advanced Placement in all Core Subjects) programs.
“These academic challenges are the result of Ms. Hudson’s hard work, love of learning, support from teachers and parents, and her willingness to take risks,” said Assistant Principal Lisa Ruiz, who nominated Hudson for the award. “Ms. Hudson is funny, outgoing, social and popular with her peers and teachers. She possesses such natural leadership abilities that her name easily came forward as Falcon Creek’s nominee for the Aurora Rotary Club Student Award.”
The Aurora Rotary Club is an organization of business and professional leaders involved in a variety of community service projects, including the eradication of polio world-wide. They are also involved in efforts to help children at risk, fight poverty and hunger, and support the environment.