Student of the
In October 2004, "The Student of the Month Program" was started by the Optimist Club of Hamilton. This
is an award given out by many Optimist Clubs around the world. Each Optimist Club form their own criteria. The Hamilton Optimist
criteria for this award is that it be given to a senior that is a model student in the sense of strong effort but not necessarily
achievement. The senior must possess the qualities of kindness, thoughtfulness, good sportsmanship and citizenship. Each month
one student from the senior class is chosen that best represents their class in these categories.
Optimist Student of the Month committee consists of: Caprice Markowski-Chair, Melanie Maher, Randy Jones and Rob Poznar. Nominations
are given to this committee each month by the teachers at Hamilton Central School. The committee then selects a winner from
these nominations. This year a nomination form will be added to our website www.hamiltonoptimist.org so that the community
will also be able to nominate a student. Congratulations go out to all of our Students of the Month. The Optimist Club of
Hamilton is very proud of each of them. A special thanks to the Teachers at HCS, the Student of the Month Committee and to
the Colgate Bookstore for use of their Event Room.
The Optimist Students of the Month Award winners are presented
with a certificate and a $25 dollar gift card to the Colgate Bookstore, compliments of Hamilton Optimists.
Student of the Month (2007-2008)
September - Mallory Carhart
October - Evie Hammer-Lester
November - Leah Guilmette
December - Heather Munz
January - Travis Maxwell
The program is called "Program Galileo
Project" and very simply, it involves Music, Science, Reading, Poetry and grades K-12. A Songwriter/Educator, Glen McClure
works with the kids and just to begin with writes a song which incorporates their work on the Galileo Project, which incidentally,
they will perform their song at the Spring Concert. Money was needed to fund the program. Any money raised for this program
would be matched by "The Art Start Grant". Our group has donated to this progrram for two years now.
The "Time Program" is run by two
of our retired teachers-Sue Trueworthy and Joanne Prindle. They visit 21 families and provide not only literary support for
them but also communicate resource connections that will benefit these families. It has made a big difference not only to
the children that attend school but those children that are not of school age yet and the families. Sue and Joanne visit the
homes and provide books and activities for the children. So far 8 of these homes have been provided with computers with the
Wiggle Works software. We have given funds to this worthwhile program for the past two years.
The Optimist Club of Hamilton and Seven Oaks Golf Course has the honor of hosting the NYS district
qualifying golf tournament each Memorial Day weekend.
This of one of more
than 75 qualifying tournaments around the world that will bring together the top 650 junior golfers in Florida to compete
in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship. This tournament has been the springboard for such golffers as Tiger
Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Nancy Lopez to name just a few.