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Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

Monday, October 17, 2005

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Northview senior Marsha Krisenko, her guidance counselor Susan Treash and Principal Jim Church pose with a press release from Sen. Bayh announcing Marsha's selection as Northview's delegate to the Indiana Service Leaders Summit.

Northview High School senior Marsha Krisenko has been chosen by U.S. Senator Evan Bayh as the school's representative to the third annual Indiana Service Leaders Summit.

The event is designed to "draw attention to the outstanding community service work performed by high school students across Indiana," according to a press release. Bayh and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will host the event Oct. 22 at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis.

"These students put in extra hours outside of their school responsibilities to help thousands of Hoosiers in their communities," Bayh said, "and I am proud to have this opportunity to thank them for their efforts."

Krisenko boasts a formidable resume-- she played varsity soccer, serves as president of the school's chapter of the National Honor Society and expects to finish at the top of her class-for someone who, when she arrived in the United States 10 years ago, didn't speak a word of English.

Marsha's family immigrated to the United States when she was in third grade. She said the adjustment was trying at first.

"It was very difficult, but I adjusted with the help of the teachers and students," she said. "I was kind of thrown into the culture."

Marsha's volunteer experience includes work with the Humane Society, the YMCA and Big Sisters. She said she enjoys volunteering at St. Vincent Clay Hospital the most.

"There, I get to meet and help people from the community in the time of their greatest need," she said. "They appreciate it so much."

Susan Treash, Marsha's guidance counselor at Northview, said Marsha's sets a lofty example for her fellow students.

"She has so much going for her, it's just unbelievable," she said. "She tries to make everybody feel welcome, comfortable and included. She's definitely a role model."

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