Marysville Getchell High School student Elise Sumsion was recognized for her volunteer efforts with the October Rotary Community Service Recognition Award.
The Marysville Rotary recognizes a student each month of the school year for their work in the community.
“We’d like to give you a Community Service Recognition Award for all that you have done in the community,” said Daryn Bundy, a member of the Marysville Rotary.
“We really want to promote volunteering and really appreciate you kids who go above and beyond,” he said.
The award also comes with a $100 check for students.
“Over the last five years we not only give a certificate, but this is sponsored by Les Schwab Tires so we want to give you a check for $100,” said Bundy.
Sumsion was recognized for her variety of volunteer efforts.
“I’m currently in National Honor Society and with that we do a lot of community work. Last year we put on a carnival for the community elementary schools and that was a lot of fun,” she said.
She has also helped volunteer using her dance skills a number of times.
“I feel like I’ve learned how to help others while doing things I love myself,” she said.
Last spring she was the choreographer for the Marysville-Pilchuck High School production of Beauty and the Beast.
“Another volunteer event I do every year is through my dance studio,” she said, “We put on a show and sell tickets and all the proceeds go to a chosen charity.”
Each year since 2016 she has participated in an annual charity performance for the Charity Dance Project.
The project has raised funds for a number of charities, including organizations that support suicide awareness, service dogs and help foster kids.
With Marysville Youth Cheer she has met a lot of local children.
“My favorite part about doing the volunteer work is getting to know my community more,” she said.
With her cheer group she helps at local elementary schools on the first and last days of the year.
“We say ‘welcome back to school’ or ‘have a good summer’ and I get a chance to talk to the grade schoolers,” she said. “That’s really fun to reach out to the community."
Sumsion participates in various community events as well.
“I’ve helped at some of the smaller community events around town like Healthy Kids Day and the Twilight Runs, which is a cross country event that our school does,” she said.
Other events include campus clean-ups, back to school orientations, the Strawberry Festival and the Little Chargers Cheer Camp.