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      The December "Students of the Month" were honored at the January 7th meeting of the Chelmsford Rotary Club.  The Emerson House students were Zach Lattimore and Mary Kosewski.  Lattimore read an college application essay that he wrote.  He stressed that life is precious and therefore it is important to be compassionate in dealing with loved ones, friends and others.  Kosewski shared how she decided to focus on three CHS activities: secretary for the class of 2013, mock trial and tennis.  She found mock trial to be especially challenging and rewarding and noted that the team earned "Elite 8" ranking last year.  Bridget Doherty and Jeremy O'Donnell represented Hawthorne House.  Bridget told of her involvement in chorus and how taking voice lessons helped her to qualify for the treble choir and how singing helped her confidence to grow.  Jeremy talked about the apparent contradiction of being on the football team and in theater productions.  He started with minimal roles in theatrical productions and developed so he earned major roles.  In football, he felt he did not do the off-season work that he should have and thus did not get a lot of playing time.  He believes  that the two experiences were equally valuable.  Victoria Moore and Zach Straeffer represented Whittier House.  Moore explained how she was not a varsity track runner, but made major individual improvements in the sport.  She credited support from her teammates and her coaches.  Straeffer became deeply involved in set and lighting design at C.H.S. and also became an important part of the television crew that broadcast football and Lowell Spinners baseball games.  He credited these activities with helping his leadership skills to grow.