Aoko Nyagwegwe, a sixth grader at

Stewart Middle School

in Norristown, is one of six students nationwide, and the only one in Pennsylvania, named a Club Z! Award Winner.

The Club Z! program recognized students in fifth through 12th grade who demonstrated exceptional academic perseverance. Club Z! is a national in-home tutoring service.

Nyagwegwe received her award and a $500 prize during a school assembly earlier this month. She had been nominated by science teacher Brittany Goldstein.

"Aoko is a very dedicated friend and mentor to her classmates," Goldstein said. "Words cannot explain how much potential, dedication, drive and enthusiasm that she had displayed during the first three months of school."

About 160 high school students from Montgomery and Bucks Counties were invited to join the District 11 Chorus after a competition last month at Upper Merion Area High School.

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Top finishers

Students who placed first or second in the chorus competition:

Soprano 1:

1, Jamie Roach, senior, Perkiomen Valley. 2, Regina Burgher, sophomore, Upper Merion.

Soprano 2:

1, Ashley Vitale, senior, Harry S Truman. 2, Samantha Katch, junior, Plymouth Whitemarsh.

Alto 1:

1, Kaitlyn Waterson, senior, Neshaminy. 2, Holly Reddy, senior, Neshaminy.

Alto 2:

1, Charlotte Rosen, junior, Lower Merion. 2, Corey Hutkin, senior, Central Bucks East.

Tenor 1:

1, Sean McKinley, sophomore, Central Bucks South. 2, David Moser, senior, Quakertown.

Tenor 2:

1, Justin Becker, junior, Central Bucks East. 2, James Hogan, junior, Bishop McDevitt.

Bass 1:

1, Anthony Nuccio, senior, North Penn. 2, Jonathan Eastburn, senior, Plumstead Christian.

Bass 2:

1, Andrew Wong, senior, Perkiomen Valley. 2, Tim Brey, senior, North Penn.

Students from

Oak Lane Day School

in Blue Bell completed two community-service projects during the holiday season designed to help children.

The school's 90 students, in preschool through sixth grade, sewed, stuffed and decorated about 100 flannel pillows for surgical patients at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Also, students and families collected new or gently used clothes, books, toys, baby furniture and other supplies to support Cradles to Crayons, a Horsham-based nonprofit group that helps families in need.

Alison Greenberg,, a junior at

Germantown Academy

and president of the school's Concert4Cancer club, organized a benefit concert Dec. 15 at the North Penn VFW Post 676 in Glenside. The event raised more than $3,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Regional musical performers and bands featuring local college students and students from Wissahickon High School, Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and Abington Friends School donated their talent for the fund-raiser.

"I hoped that this event would combine my passion for local music with an exciting time for kids in the community to get together and show their support for cancer research," Greenberg, 16, a Lower Moreland resident, said.

"My mom had breast cancer, and my dad has also been afflicted by the disease, so the cause hits close to home," she said.

- Erica Lamberg