Student honored for a helping hand

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – High Rotary Club President Francey Burke, high school student Joe Duma and high school Principal Richard Falletta at the Rotary Club of Mid Jersey Cape meeting on Tuesday. Rotary Club President Francey Burke, high school student Joe Duma and high school Principal Richard Falletta at the Rotary Club of Mid Jersey Cape meeting on Tuesday. school junior Joe Duma helped provide families in Cape May County with a Thanksgiving meal in November and a breakfast in December.

On Tuesday, the Middle Township High School student was honored at the Rotary Club of Mid Jersey Cape meeting for his community service. Duma was named Rotary Club student of the month for January.

“It’s nice to get recognized for helping out the community,” said the 17-year-old of Dennisville.

Duma said he plans to continue helping with Caring for Kids, the child advocacy organization that hosted the Thanksgiving meal in Middle Township and breakfast with Santa in Avalon. The teen helped as a member of Middle’s Key Club, a Kiwanis International service organization for high school students.

He also said he wants to help the community to stay focused, particularly in the wake of super storm Sandy, which hit the Jersey Shore in late October.

Duma is involved in Student Council, Key Club, Drama Club, Italian-American Club and baseball. He was also inducted into the National Honor Society, and he also served as class president as a freshman and sophomore.

His favorite thing at the high school is being close to the other students; Duma says they’re supportive.

Duma aspires to be a sports analyst or broadcaster and he wants to study communications at Clemson University in South Carolina, University of Maryland or Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

High school Principal Richard Falletta said he has enjoyed seeing Duma grow up. The teen was part of sports and Student Council, then expanded his activities to include taking leads in Drama Club, Falletta said.

“We’re very proud of him and he’s a great kid,” he said.

Duma received a certificate and a Wawa gift card at the Rotary Club of Mid Jersey Cape meeting.

His parents are Kelly Duma and Pat Trumbower.

The Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Clary's Country Corner restaurant on Route 9, Cape May Court House.

For more information, or to attend, contact club president Francey Burke at 463-5757, or see www.midjerseycaperotary.org.


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