Rotary Club awards Student of the Month honors to Phillips, Alden

Teacher Lori Anthony, Student of the Month honorees Brennyr Phillips and McKenzie Alden, and teacher Jane Wensko. Courtesy photo

Teacher Lori Anthony, Student of the Month honorees Brennyr Phillips and McKenzie Alden, and teacher Jane Wensko. Courtesy photo

SWARTZ CREEK — Swartz Creek High School students Brennyr Phillips and McKenzie Alden received November Student of the Month honors from the Genesee Valley Rotary Club.

Phillips, a senior, was nominated by Lori Anthony and Lisa Johnson.

Anthony described Phillips as “an all around good person.”

“Every day, he comes into English 12 with a smile,” she said. “He also adds to the classroom discussions and is always willing to share his opinions with others.

“I also know that Brennyr was a huge asset to our football program this year which prompts me to say that he is a leader in and out of the classroom. He is a perfect representation of what Swartz Creek Community Schools are all about and the type of student that every teacher loves to have in class.”

Johnson added that Phillips is always on time and “super polite to everyone.”

“Brennyr helps out a lot of teachers when asked,” she said. “He goes above and beyond to help us and never complains. Teachers have even come into the welcome center to pay compliments to him for being outstanding to everyone. Brennyr welcomes everyone … with a smiling face … He has great manners.”

Phillips is involved with Project Unify. He helps with the youth and middle school football programs and works at Planet3 Extreme Air Park. He has earned varsity letters in football and lacrosse, and earned the Coach Hosler Award for being a dedicated and selfless teammate. He also serves as captain of the varsity football team.

Phillips plans to attend Mott Community College to complete his basic requirements before transferring to a university to study sociology or special needs.

A junior, Alden was nominated by Jane Wensko, who said, “McKenzie seeks to be a source of support for all those around you. She doesn’t just help when asked; she actively offers ways to help teachers and students alike.”

Wensko added that Alden “goes above and beyond and leaves every person, every situation better than when she got there.”

Alden has an upbeat attitude rooted in realism yet full of hope, Wensko said.

“She is empathetic and compassionate with those who struggle and provides practical assistance to others, all without expecting anything in return,” she said. “She is a ray of sunshine, bright and warm, a joy to all who know her.”

Alden participates with Peers Who Care and Student Council, and is a member of the National Honors Society. She works at JCPenney and loves to spend time with family and friends.

In addition, Alden plays volleyball and runs track. She has received academic honors and varsity letters in volleyball and academics.

Alden plans to study psychology at the University of Michigan or Central Michigan University.

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