Students and Educator of the Month named

From left, Sertoma Student of the Month Abby Solovyev; Educator of the Month Jo Ann Page; Sertoman Bob Vedder, who organizes the tribute; and Student of the Month James VanSickle.

The Sertoma Club of Venice honored two Venice High School students and a teacher at its regular meeting Sept. 27.

Students of the Month of September are James VanSickle and Abby Solovyev. Educator of the Month is Jo Ann Page.

James VanSickle, who holds a 4.66 grade-point-average (GPA), says he has a passion for science and a talent for programming. As vice president of the school’s Math Honor Society, he loves to help others understand the subject through tutoring. He volunteers at a county library and received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Sarasota County.

Next year, James hopes to attend a university, where he will earn a degree in computer science.

He is the son of Dan and Amy VanSickle of Venice.

Abby Solovyev, who holds a 4.62 GPA, is in the top 4 percent of her graduating class. She is an active community volunteer who participates in Relay for Life, Bowls of Hope, Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash, and Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival.

Abby plans to attend a four-year university to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.

She is the daughter of Alex and Gialina Solovyev.

Page, who has lived in Venice since 1982, has worked for Sarasota County Schools for 17 years, the past four of which she taught algebra and geometry at VHS. Before that, she operated a studio and shop where she and other artisans taught, sold items, and organized the import of materials to make baskets, weave chair seats, and repair woven furniture.

Page says she is honored to work at the school, which reflects the characteristics of the community in caring, supporting, preserving, growing and enriching.

Sertoman Bob Vedder organizes the program that honors two students and a teacher each month throughout the school year. The name Sertoma originates from Service to Mankind. The club provides a speech clinic, available to all children in the community regardless of ability to pay. It raises funds for other community efforts, including the Fourth of July fireworks display.

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