Rotary International recently recognized two St. Anne's-Belfield School juniors with achievement awards. Leela Ghaemmaghami and Holland Edmonds were nominated by the faculty for outstanding academic achievement, participating fully in the life of the School, and for placing a personal importance on service. The girls received their certificates of merit at a February 24 Rotary Meeting.
Each year the Rotary Club recognizes students from area high schools who embody the motto "Service Above Self." With the club's expansion to include private schools along with public schools in the recognition program, St. Anne's-Belfield became eligible to submit the names of students who fit this profile.
Ghaemmaghami was lauded for her "quick mind and diligent work habits," as well as her work following a social entrepreneurship course to design a business model for helping senior citizens living in retirements homes with technology. From this model came "Citizens Connect," now a business serving the Charlottesville community.
Edmonds, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes as a toddler, has long been a dedicated advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as well as an employee at Camp Holiday Trails, a local summer camp for children with health challenges. Recognized for her service work, participation in the performing arts, and high academic achievement, Edmonds was also noted for "her tender, kind heart and her willingness to be a friend to anyone who crosses her path."