Kaitlyn & Maura Ellsworth named October Rotary Students of the Month


Vicki Flotta

Kaitlyn and Maura Ellsworth, October Rotary Students of the Month, proudly display their awards.

Krista Vandyke, Staff Writer

Each month, the Rotary Club of Bethel Park honors two high school students for their hard work and accomplishments in the community.

Twin seniors Kaitlyn and Maura Ellsworth fit this description perfectly by their constant involvement in various events and groups throughout the school.

Their mother, Olga, said, “We are very proud of this accomplishment and how they are giving back to the community.”

In particular, the twins recently went out of their way to plan a block party for Joey Fabus, a third grader from Washington Elementary School who has an inoperable brain tumor. Kaitlyn and Maura heard that Halloween was Joey’s favorite holiday, so they coordinated the party for the neighborhood and Joey’s friends with help from members of Ways and Means, National Honor Society, and Joey’s family and neighborhood. The party included a parade, food, and games. Everyone, especially Joey, had a wonderful time thanks to the twins.

Maura said, “I am honored to receive the award. [The Rotary Club] is such a good organization. Not only did we win an award, but we did an awesome thing for Joey and that’s what really matters.”

Kaitlyn and Maura are also actively involved in the National Honor Society, Ways and Means, PACS, youth group, and the BP Buddy Program. Maura is also on the varsity competitive cheerleading squad, and Kaitlyn is a part of the orchestra and Bethettes.

Kaitlyn said, “I was excited and honored to win this award. Everybody from the Rotary was very nice and I had a lot of fun at the lunch. I love giving back to a community that has given so much to me.”

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