Whiz Kid: Elana Morris

Elana Morris is named Madison Rotary Student of The Year at the Dr. Robert H. Brown Middle School.


Name: Elana Morris

Age:   6th Grader

School:  Dr. Robert H. Brown Middle School

Accomplishments:  Elana Morris says that she was happy to receive the Madison Rotary Club Student of the Year Award for the Dr. Robert H. Brown Middle School, but admits it was a bit awkward.  “When I first learned about it, it was weird to think that I was singled out and I was the only person who had gotten it out of the students that were nominated.  I was really surprised!” said Elana.

All students who receive the Student of the Year Award meet the Rotary's 4-Way Test.  This test, which promotes high ethical standards, asks "Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

Nominated by her teachers and chosen based on a personal essay, Elana was recognized at a special Rotary luncheon.  Elana’s essay focused on her participation in the Future Problem Solving Program and her volunteer work at the Branford Soup Kitchen. 

Brown Principal Julie Phelps said Elana is a role model for young adults, “Not only a dreamer, Elana is a doer.  She is proof positive of what can happen when someone with leadership, intelligence, and compassion decides to make a difference.  Her work ethic defines her outcomes – she does not delegate the hard work to others, she takes it on herself and in the process, like any natural leader, gets others to easily follow.”

Key to Awesomeness:   Elana participated in the Future Problem Solving Program after school at Brown School.  In this program she worked with other students on creative problem solving for futuristic scenarios.  “The problems we were presented with were really realistic,” said Elana.  “It (the program) has to do with real world problems,” she added.

Elana feels she is really making a difference by volunteering at the Branford Soup Kitchen. “I feel really useful. It’s not very hard for us to go but we’re helping a lot of people,” says Elana. “It’s something I want to do more of!”

Reflecting on her attendance at the Rotary Club luncheon and her acceptance speech Elana said, “It was a really good experience.”

“It was my first time speaking in front of experienced adults,” she said. “I learned some things by doing that, because I’d never done it before and I gained confidence!”

Barbara Salzano June 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Congratulations to a truly worthy recipient. Volunteering at the soup kitchen is such a wonderful way to help your fellow man; it's a kind and simple act and fulfills a basic human need. More students should emulate Elana's service to others.
Sarah Page Kyrcz June 18, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Let's not overshadow Elana's accomplishment with the work of others, she deserves to enjoy her well deserved place in Whiz Kids. That said, it is wonderful that DHHS Class of 2011 won many awards. Congratulations to all Madison students who excelled in their areas of interest this year!
Sarah Page Kyrcz June 18, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Barbara ~ If each and every one of us gives a little bit this world would be a better place. Thanks for commenting!
Jennifer Lisi June 18, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Elana is an amazing girl! I had the pleasure of working with her as a coach for the Future Problem Solvers program and she was a real team leader and always put the needs of others first. I am looking forward to working with her again next year at Polson. Truly well deserved and a wonderful choice by the Rotary Club. Congrats Elana!
Sarah Page Kyrcz June 20, 2011 at 02:45 AM
Jennifer - It is thanks to involved parents like yourself that students can do intellectually stimulating programs like Future Problem Solving prorgam. Behind every successful youth is a parent, friend and/or teacher to thank!


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »