Aaron Tomaselli and Nicole Chen. Contributed photos

Aaron Tomaselli and Nicole Chen. Contributed photos

Mercer Island Rotary recognizes students of the month for November

Aaron Tomaselli and Nicole Chen were honored for their contributions to the community.

  • Thursday, November 23, 2017 9:00am
  • News

The Mercer Island Rotary Club recently recognized Mercer Island High School students Aaron Tomaselli and Nicole Chen as the organization’s students of the month for November.

When presenting the awards to the students, MIHS world languages teacher Deana Wiatr said that Tomaselli is a “hard-working student of Spanish, an unassuming role model to his peers and a lifelong learner. As a Spanish student, he takes risks to express himself and encourages others to do the same.”

Since moving to Mercer Island from Australia, Tomaselli has been highly involved in the basketball community, both playing for the high school and coaching youth recreational teams. Additionally, he has both coached and played soccer on the island.

At MIHS, Tomaselli has been involved in Natural Helpers for the last three years, where he works on mental health and suicide prevention. He was also elected as a Bridges leader this year, where he works closely with the freshman in transitioning them to the high school. He is also a a peer mentor for the PLP students at MIHS, helping students with their homework and working with them on social skills.

Tomaselli also works at Homegrown, where he daily interacts with residents. Most recently, he became involved in YoungLife, where he is a student mentor for seventh-grade boys. YoungLife is a nonprofit Christian organization that works with the youth of Mercer Island, giving them a fun and safe place to learn about the Bible.

MIHS teacher Wiatr said Chen is “always cheerful and dependable. Her comprehension of Chinese language and culture has been increased exponentially through her six years of study. Her original goal for taking Chinese was to be able to communicate with her grandma and now she can easily understand and reply to her questions in Chinese and put the smiles on her grandma’s face.”

Chen’s GPS is 3.848 and she has taken several AP and honors classes at MIHS. She is a National Merit commended scholar. Chen participates in the school’s marching band as a clarinet section leader and is part of the top wind ensemble. She has played club volleyball from sixth to 11th grade and was a part of the MIHS junior varsity volleyball team freshman and sophomore year as well as captain junior year.

She currently volunteers as a coach for fourth to sixth-grade girls. Chen also volunteers as a counselor for Girls Rock Math, a math camp for girls.

More in News

Suspect attempts to extort victim over email | Police blotter

The Mercer Island police blotter for Sept. 4 through 9.

Democratic incumbent Rep. Adam Smith of Washington’s 9th Congressional District (right) and challenger Sarah Smith discuss the issues facing the district during a forum the Mirror hosted on Sept. 19. Andy Hobbs/staff photo
Smith vs. Smith: Two Democrats clash in 9th Congressional District forum

Democratic socialist Sarah Smith seeks ‘bold new progressive vision’ in bid to replace incumbent Adam Smith.

Self-driving vehicles are coming and cities know it

Public and private sector representatives met to discuss the future of autonomous vehicle policy.

Female mayors discuss opportunities in their cities

Emerging leaders focus on diversity, development and deliberate actions.

Self-driving car conference on Sept. 19

Tickets can be found online at transpogroup.com/avconference.html

Next steps for MICA

Mercer Island Center for the Arts (MICA) and the City Council held a study session on Sept. 17.

Protesters gather at SeaTac’s Families Belong Together rally. Photo by Alex Garland
Immigrant youth vulnerable to abuse in Puget Sound area centers

Federally-funded facilities struggle to maintain health and safety of minors stuck in limbo

Unknown suspect breaks into home while family is away | Police blotter

The Mercer Island police blotter for Aug. 28 through Sept. 3

Photos courtesy of Trooper Rick Johnson
Troopers seek hit and run suspect, call on public for help

The Washington State Patrol asked locals for any information to identify the vehicle and suspect.

Most Read