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RELEASE – Rotary Club of Media honors Outstanding Students

Feb 18

PRESS RELEASE – Media, Pa. –  Stellar athletes, talented musicians, accomplished academics are no strangers at The Rotary Club of Media, and January was no different.  The club honored four of the area’s most outstanding local high school students with their Student of the Month Award.  All four students were recognized in January during the club’s weekly meetings at the Towne House Restaurant in Media.

The four students honored in January are:


Madelaine Else and Benjamin Bartholomew

Ben Bartholomew,17, is a senior at Penncrest High School where serves as secretary for the Model U.N., and is a member of the Physics Olympics as well as the World Language, History and National Honor Societies   He enjoys participating in the school’s swim team, club soccer and bike riding.  Following graduation, Bartholomew plans to pursue a degree in either biomedical or biological engineering.

Madelaine Else, 17, is a junior at Penncrest and a member of the National, History, World Language and Math (Mu Alpha Theta) Honor Societies.  Else is a participant in the Hi-Q academic quiz competion as well as the cross country and track teams.  She enjoys playing violin both as a hobby and in the Delaware County Youth Orchestra.


Paul Selling and Amber Mackey

Though only a junior at Strath Haven, Amber Mackey is the founder of Comforting and Supporting Adolescents (C.A.S.A), a peer support group for teens.  Her additional community service includes volunteering for New Covenant Youth and Usher Ministries and Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Within her school, Mackey is involved in the Photography Club, the track and cross country teams, marching band and symphonic band.  She is involved in SonRise dance group, gives piano lessons and enjoys many hobbies including baking, writing and dance.  The National Honor Society Student plans to major in international relations following graduation.

Paul Selling, 17, is a junior at Strath Haven and National Honor Society Student.   He is champion member of Speech and Debate Club and a member of JV soccer and outdoor track teams as well as a participant in marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble and jazz band. Outside of school, Selling is involved in multiple soccer teams, indoor track and enjoys computer programming, business, law, and volunteering for Relay for Life and Crozer Hospital.  After high school, he plans to obtain a degree in business and policy making.

The “Student Of The Month” program is one of the Club’s oldest and most enduring programs that honors outstanding girls and boys from the high schools with in its service area. During the school year, two students from Penncrest and Strath Haven high schools are selected each month by the respective school to be honored by the members of the Club at one of their luncheon meetings.

The Rotary Club of Media, founded in 1928, is a chartered club of Rotary International serving the people in the Media area. Members also work with fellow Rotarians from the more than 50 clubs of Rotary International’s District 7450 to serve those in the greater Philadelphia area. The Media Rotary Club works through Rotary International and its Foundation, providing a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational programs and activities designed to improve the human condition and advance the organization’s ultimate goal of world peace and understanding.

Rotary Club of Media meets every Thursday at 12:15 PM at the Towne House Restaurant in Media. If you are interested in joining the Rotary Club of Media, please contact club membership chair Pat Kosinski at, or visit