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Farmington students spread goodwill in school community

Julia Paduano, left, and Emma Kelly are Farmington Rotary's Service Above Self Students of the Month for November. (Submitted Photo)

There are plenty of ways to earn recognition as Farmington Rotary's Service Above Self Student of the Month. The club's two November honorees did it, in part, by spreading good will throughout their respective schools.

Dodge Middle School principal Chris Bussman said eighth grade honoree Julia Paduano "universally spreads a trail of positivity" wherever she goes. The Tiger soccer player said she enjoys having the chance to influence younger kids at the school.

"I usually come with a smile on my face and try to make the best out of the day," she said.

At Farmington High School, principal Jason Berg recognized senior Emma Kelly for her "infectious smile" and her work ethic.

Kelly is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteered for FHS' annual ninth grade retreat. She was involved in the school's Respect Retreat and as a member of Link Crew helps freshmen adapt to their new school. She also volunteers to show new students around the school.

Kelly is involved in Peers for Peers, Student Council and We Create Change, which on Halloween went door to door in a trick-or-can drive for the Farmington Food Shelf.

"I believe I was placed on this earth solely to help people," said Kelly, who hopes to serve as a missionary someday.

Kelly hopes to study marketing and psychology next year at Bethany Lutheran.

Each month during the school year the Rotary Club of Farmington recognizes a high school senior and one other student who exemplify Rotary International's motto, Service Above Self. The club meets for lunch at noon Thursdays in the banquet room at Celts. Guests are welcome.