Weekly Feature

2018-03-14 / Local News

Exchange Club honors Youth of the Year

The Erie-Niagara Sunrise Exchange Club honored two high school seniors, selected as Youth of the Year, on March 7 at a breakfast meeting at the Olympic Restaurant in the Town of Tonawanda.

Kayla Giglia, a student at Mount St. Mary Academy, and Adam Gorski from Cardinal O’Hara High School each presented a speech on the importance of commitment to others and in particular to the community.

Giglia, an academic scholar at the Mount, is co-founder of Paws for Pups; a member of the National Honor Society, varsity softball and indoor track teams; and president of the Student Council. She has received honors from the University at Buffalo and Rochester Institute of Technology and is an AP Scholar.

She is also active at St. Martha Parish. Joseph and Christine Giglia accompanied their daughter, who was introduced by Mount St. Mary’s director of guidance, Karen Reisch.

Gorski, introduced by O’Hara guidance counselor Laura Meli, is at the top of his class academically with a 98.3 average. He is president of the National Honor Society; captain of the varsity soccer team; and student manager of the stage crew for this year’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” He was named to the All-Catholic Team for boys soccer.

In addition, he plays trumpet in the school’s wind ensemble, is a sports writer of The Sun and has had articles published in NeXt. He is also employed part time at Wegmans.

His parents, Joseph and Carolyn Gorski, and his brother Jacob attended the breakfast.

Each student shared experiences demonstrating their commitment to the community. Giglia told about a project helping in New Orleans after the hurricane and flood. Gorski, with members of the NHS, raised more than $600 to provide gifts and food for a needy family in the area.

Exchange Club member Robert Pecoraro was emcee of the event and presented each student with a plaque and a check from the club.

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