Posted on Sep 07, 2018
On September 20th, The Rotary Club of Willow Grove will honor the September Students of the Month from Upper Moreland High School and The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology. A new school year has begun, and this month we begin recognizing the best and brightest of these two local schools each month.

The Upper Moreland High School September Student of the Month is Tabitha Schmer.


Tabitha is the President of the Class of 2019, as well as the President of the National Honor Society. She is the Student Representative on our School Board, the President of the Debate Club, the Stage Crew Manager, a Student Council Representative and can be heard every morning as she hosts our morning announcements. Tabitha has consistently achieved distinguished honor roll every marking period and has twice been the recipient of the Home and School Association Citizenship Award. Tabitha is involved with Kisses for Kyle, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, Science in the Summer and has received the Baby Bureau Service Award. Tabitha plans to continue her education after graduation and study pre-medicine.


Tabitha, accompanied by her parents, accepts the award from club President Sam Valenza.


The September 2018 Student of the Month at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology is Misha Davis, an Upper Moreland High School senior.


Misha is being recognized for his work in EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program during the 2017 – 2018 school year. This year he is enrolled in EASTERN’s Allied Health program. 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.


After visiting EASTERN as a sophomore, Misha decided to enroll in EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program.He was a leader in the classroom and enjoyed working in a hands-on learning environment. He became a student ambassador for the Culinary Arts program and spoke to potential students at recruitment events at both Upper Moreland and Lower Moreland High Schools. Half way through his junior year, he found himself interested in learning more about careers in the medical field. This year, he is enrolled in the one year Allied Health program at EASTERN. He is looking forward to the partnership that the Allied Health program has with Abington-Jefferson Hospital. Starting in October, the Allied Health students will begin shadowing healthcare professionals on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


As a junior in the Culinary Arts program, Misha received first place in the SkillsUSA Job Demonstration District competition. He volunteered his culinary expertise at EASTERN extracurricular events such as the annual Joint Operating Committee Dinner and the Advisory Appreciation Brunch. At Upper Moreland High School, Misha is a member of the Varsity Swim and Tennis teams, and a Sound Crew member for the Drama Company. He is also involved in the community as a Boy Scout, Cadet Sergeant in the Civil Air Force Auxiliary and a member of the Hope Community Missions Team.“It was a pleasure having Misha in my class,” said Hayley Granacher, EASTERN’s Culinary Arts Instructor. “Just as he succeeded in the Culinary Arts program, I am confident he will do just as well in the Allied Health program. He has an extremely positive attitude and works hard.”

After graduation from Upper Moreland High School and EASTERN’s Allied Health program, he plans to attend a postsecondary technical college for two years while working in the medical field. He hopes to work in the trauma or Emergency Room setting.

Misha receives his award from club President, Sam Valenza. Misha's parents were also in attendance.