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Maleah Ehlers, daughter of Tonia Ehlers, is a sixth-grader at Lux Middle School. Maleah was selected by her teachers because of her outstanding work ethic, academic achievement and kindness toward others. Maleah is active in Student Council, Lunch Bunch and Leadership Lunch. Every Friday, she looks forward to having Lunch Bunch with children in the Special Education program. Maleah has been in dance since age 2. She attends Hart Dance Academy and takes ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary dance. She is also in a group of select dancers called Repertory at the Studio. Maleah loves spending time with her family and friends.

Kadrin Greenwood, son of Nikki and Monte Hobelman and Albert Greenwood, is a sixth-grader at Lux Middle School. His teachers wrote, “Kadrin is a kind and caring young man. He is also an excellent student who strives to do his best work and reach his goals.” Kadrin has received Lux Lightning Bolt awards for good character and kind acts, and Way to Go awards for being respectful and responsible. He sings in the Lux boys choir and plays double bass in orchestra. He has participated in the Step Up for Downs Syndrome Walk and plays YMCA soccer. His religious activities include confirmation at Christ Lincoln and Campus Life.

Katerina Hoffman, daughter of Natalya Chikina and Kris Hoffman, is a seventh-grader at Irving Middle School. School officials said that Katerina can always be counted on to help others, offer input and be kind. She is a hard worker in and out of the classroom. She volunteers for the Art Outreach project, neighborhood clean-ups and Irving Community Outreach (ICOR) fundraiser. She is active in chess and engineering clubs, plays the ukulele, cross stitches, golfs, and travels internationally for diving competitions. Earlier this month, she won medals at the CAMO diving meet in Montreal, Canada, where 11 other countries were represented.

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Gretna Nguyen, daughter of Nicole Vu and Dien Nguyen, is a seventh-grader at Sacred Heart Catholic School. School officials said that Gretna is an excellent student, and her favorite subject is history. She is continually on the honor roll and has received Kingdom Builder and Leading by Example awards. She has a keen sense of curiosity in all that she does. She is tenacious and focuses on the task at hand, yet is always looking to help others catch up to her. Gretna spends every Saturday at Vietnamese School and sings in the Vietnamese choir at Mass. She also belongs to the dance group Dang Hoa, which performs at Mass for special Marian celebrations.

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