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Grace Bolanz and Alivia Bates are the February Teens of the Month at Minerva High School.
The daughter of Mark and Karla Bolanz, of Minerva, Grace holds a 3.76 grade point average and is a two-year member of the National Honor Society. Last year she was named a Junior Scholar and an NBC Leader.
She serves as captain of the high school's soccer team, of which she has been a member since her freshman year, and she is editor of the high school's yearbook.
Grace has participated in Minerva High School's Big Lion/Little Lion mentoring program for the past two years. Early in her high school career she participated as a bell ringer in the Salvation Army's annual kettle drive.
For four years Grace has earned letters in varsity soccer and has been named an NBC Scholar Athlete. She has also been named an Outstanding Student in past years for subjects such as advanced placement statistics and for honors English.
Grace plans to join the United States Air Force after graduating from high school.
Alivia is the daughter of Larry and Beth Bates, of Minerva. She holds a 3.7 GPA and is also a two-year member of the National Honor Society.
She has been a member of the student council and the high school's occupational therapy/physical therapy program for three years. For two years she has also served in the Big Lion/Little Lion mentoring program.
Alivia is captain of the basketball team, for which she has played during her entire high school career, and she also participates as a member of the soccer team. When she is not participating in sports activities, she performs with the school's choir.
For three years Alivia has served as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army's annual kettle drive, and for two years she has participated in the YMCA Unity Walk fund-raiser. This year she added the Little Dribblers Camp and Minerva Elementary School's Secret Santa Workshop to her list of community service activities.
Alivia has been named to the First Team All Stark County, the Second Team All Eastern District, and to the Second Team NBC in soccer this year. She has received honorable mention in the All Eastern District for soccer in the past.
After graduating from high school, she plans to attend Muskingum University and pursue a career in the medical field. She would also like to play basketball for the women's team at Muskingum.