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Rotary Club honors Elness
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Sydney Elness (center) is flanked by her mother, Melissa Elness, and Ceres High School Learning Director Arti Narayan. - photo by Courtesy of Rebecca Ciszek

Sydney Elness was honored by the Ceres Rotary Club as its Ceres High School "Student of the Month" during the March 18 meeting.

As a leader in her senior class, Elness is the epitome of a well-rounded student. It is not common for a student to list "surgery games" and "practicing sutures" as two favorite things to do. But then again, Sydney Elness is far from being "common." She is an integral part of the track and field team and participates in many clubs on campus, including Mu Alpha Theta (math club), Class of 2016 Club, California Scholarship Federation and the Science Club. She participated in cheerleading as a freshman and helped the CHS Science Club achieve success in in the Science Bowl during her junior year. Sydney was second runner-up in the Soroptimist International of Ceres' Distinguished Young Women competition, where she shined in academics, speech and fitness.

She also finds time to volunteer weekly at Doctors Medical Center and annually for the Modesto Marathon.

Sydney is currently enrolled in five AP Courses: Government, Calculus, English Literature, Physics and Statistics. She is dedicated to her studies and proudly claims a GPA that ranks her among the best in the school.

Sydney is a natural-born leader who wants to give back to her community and describes herself as "adventurous, open-minded, passionate, outgoing and curious," all qualities that will help her be successful in her chosen career as a surgeon.