Posted on Oct 31, 2018
The Rotary Club of Willow Grove recognized the November 2018 Students of the Month from Upper Moreland High School and The Easter Center for Arts and Technology on Thursday, November 1st at 12:15 PM. The students received their awards at the weekly luncheon, at Huntingdon Valley Country Club.  
Cole Moros accepts his award from President, Sam Valenza.
Elissa Johnson receives her award from President, Sam Valenza.
The Upper Moreland High School November Student of the Month is Cole Moros.
Cole is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and Key Club. He also is a member of the Baseball Team and the Medical Professionals Club. Outside of school, Cole volunteers as an umpire at Upper Moreland Little League, he is a volunteer at the Manna on Main Street soup kitchen, and donates blood as well as works at the Red Cross blood drive.
After graduation, Cole would like to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Elissa Johnson is the November 2018 Student of the Month at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology in Willow Grove.

She is in EASTERN’s Construction Technology program and a senior at Cheltenham High School. The Student of the Month Award is sponsored by EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Committee and the Willow Grove Rotary Club to highlight student excellence, success and service. Ten students each year are selected for this honor.

Elissa first learned about the programs at EASTERN through a presentation at Cheltenham High School. As a follow-up to the presentation, she visited both Construction Technology and Protective Services at EASTERN. Elissa knew she did not want a traditional career. She wanted to be different. She chose Construction Technology because she felt as though this skilled trade would assist her in achieving her dream of helping areas in need to rebuild after natural disasters.

At EASTERN, Elissa is a leader in the class and is a student ambassador who helps with recruitment activities. At Cheltenham High School, Elissa is a member of the Black Scholars and the Poetry Club. She also enjoys volunteering at Myers Elementary School where she helps keep the younger students on-task. “Elissa works hard and shows dedication to the construction trade,” said Jeff Pakula. EASTERN’s Construction Technology Instructor. “She is personable and is always willing to help others in the class. I am proud that she was selected as Student of the Month.”

After graduation from EASTERN and Cheltenham High School, Elissa is interested in going right to work in the field and continue to enhance her construction skills. She is also considering her postsecondary trade school options as well. Eventually, she would like to begin traveling to places such as Puerto Rico and Indonesia to help rebuild.

Construction Technology at EASTERN is the first step for students interested in pursuing a successful career in the carpentry field. For more information, please visit 

EASTERN is a public school serving students in nine Eastern Montgomery County school districts. Those districts include Abington, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland, Springfield, Upper Dublin and Upper Moreland. Students benefit from specialized career programs that give them a competitive edge in college or in a career. The campus is at 3075 Terwood Road in Willow Grove. For more information, please call Amy Shields, Organizational Advancement Director, at 215-784-4806, or visit the school’s website at Become a fan on Facebook –, and follow us on Twitter @EasternCenter.