Marjamaa, Rice earn Optimist youth awards

Mike Rohler (left), Optimist Club president, and Crestview Middle School Principal Chuck Werth (right), present Youth Appreciation Awards to Brenden Rice (second from left) and Audrey Marjamaa. Photo provided.

Audrey Marjamaa and Brenden Rice, students at Crestview Middle School, are the recipients of the Huntington Optimist Club's Youth Appreciation Award.

The award is given to two students from each of the Huntington County middle schools who demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.

Marjamaa is the daughter of Kevin and Sara Marjamaa, of Roanoke.

She is in eighth grade and was nominated by her academic teachers.

She participates in comic book club, spell bowl, academic super bowl and Student Council. She also studies karate, piano and guitar lessons.

"Audrey is a natural leader in the classroom," her teachers say. "She ranks at the top of her class academically and works hard daily to challenge herself in whatever task may be presented to her. She has impressive strategizing and critical thinking skills that have helped her excel in academics.

"She is a caring and patient person that helps others whenever she can. Overall, Audrey is a well-rounded hardworking individual with a multitude of opportunities ahead of her."

Rice is the son of Paula and Kevin Rice, of Roanoke.
He is an eighth grader and was nominated by his Blue Thunder teachers.

He is involved in academic super bowl, spell bowl and he is the 2014 Spelling Bee champion for his school and region. He also participates in bowling league, 4-H and Huntington County Baseball.

His teachers say, "Brenden is an exceptional student who excels in all academic endeavors. He is dependable and conscientious and is a positive influence on his peers. Not only is Brenden involved in many school-related activities, but he also participates in numerous 4-H activities and competes in community sports.

"His positive attitude, hunger for learning and willingness to help others makes him an excellent choice as recipient of the Optimist Award."