Rockford Freshman Center’s Maria Anel, an Example in Excellence

John Ball Zoo volunteer has giving nature

Maria Anel, 15, is the daughter of Marlene Anel and sister to Arthur and Charlie.

Maria is a student with a natural charisma who is responsible, determined, energetic, outgoing and supportive, with deep compassion and empathy. Maria’s giving nature is shown by her willingness to volunteer for others of all ages and her encouraging attitude with friends and teammates. She goes out of her way to find ways to help others in all situations. She is also a volunteer at John Ball Zoo, where she has put in over 100 hours. She is a leader for the Springhill Day Camp, is in student council, Diversity Club, Youth Initiative, a member of the track team, and active in her Bible study group. This student athlete is also an AAU basketball player and volunteers as a Ram Buddy mentor for students at North Rockford Middle School.

Maria is strongly motivated to help others and it puts a smile on her face to know she is an instrument that God can use on behalf of those in need. She is an uplifting person with a positive attitude and the ability to problem-solve in many different situations, and is sensitive to others’ feelings.

Planning to go to college and find a way to use her life to help others is Maria’s long-term plan. She wants to make her family proud of her accomplishments.

Among achievements Maria can already count include authoring an article in fourth grade that was published in a newspaper. She took first place in a first-grade AWANA Bible quiz, and in fifth grade took first in a fundraising effort. As an eighth grader, Maria broke her school’s track record in the 400m. She has taken first-place wins in cross country, won numerous basketball and softball awards and medals, and reached her goal this summer of over 100 volunteer hours.

Other activities Maria enjoys include basketball, competitive running, writing, reading, clubs, fishing and spending time with her brothers. She is also active in Blythefield Church.

Rockford Freshman Center is proud to recognize Maria as a student with a strong track record of making a difference in the lives of others and a clear Example in Excellence.


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