Senior students Ariel Blake, Patrick Boyle, Jordan Ladd and Dori Mudloff were named by the Merrick Kiwanis Club as outstanding students for their community service during the club’s annual Student Recognition Night held earlier this month at Gino’s of Bellmore on Pea Pond Road.
From left, Merrick Kiwanis President Seth Pitlake, MAP’s Jordan Ladd, Mepham’s Ariel Blake, Kennedy’s Dori Mudloff and Calhoun’s Patrick Doyle with Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads.
Seth Pitlake, president of the Merrick Kiwanis Club, said Student Recognition Night is “the club’s longest running community service project,” started in 1967 to recognize a student from each of the high schools and his or her individual accomplishments in academics, extra- curricular activities and community service.
Dori Mudloff of Kennedy High School told Your NewsMag “I’m super excited about this award!” She said she has always thought it important to give back to the community, and the recognition bears her out.
A member of the school’s Key Club and Swim Across America program, where she encountered and worked with throngs of people, she said she will attend Fairfield University to study business.
Ariel Blake of Mepham High School said she was “happy to get the opportunity to help the community,” and assisted specifically with the congregation of the Bethlehem Assembly of God Church in Valley Stream. She is a teacher’s assistant every Saturday at Hofstra in the Screen Technology Engineering Program, and will attend City College of New York for bio-medical studies.
Jordan Ladd of the Meadowbrook Alternative Program High School remarked that it was “nice to be rewarded for all the community service” he has been involved with. “It means a lot to me,” he added.
A member of the school’s Key Club, he says he will attend Farmingdale Stage College to study biology.
President of the Key Club, Patrick Boyle of Calhoun High School said “I really appreciate this award,” adding “I’m a helper” in any way he can be. He will attend the University of Michigan in the fall.
Principals from the four high schools introduced the students during the evening’s festivities, while both Kiwanis Immediate Past-President Michael Reid, representing New York State Senator John Brooks (8thSD), and Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads (19th LD) provided Proclamations and Certificates of Appreciation to the students.