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High school senior finds helping others is its own reward

Ciara Swan

Illiana Christian High School senior Ciara Swan was chosen as Lansing Rotary Club’s March Student of the Month for her high grades and participation in Christian Service Club.

“The Christian Service Club is an organization that helps our surrounding community. This is all done to show the love of Christ through service of others and to remind ourselves that ‘me, myself, and I’ are not the No. 1 most important people in the world,” Swan said.

Swan participates in planning activities and events for the club, including feeding the homeless.

“It felt good that someone noticed the hard work I do, but I realize that it is never about the recognition,” she said of the award.

“Often, we try to shoot for rewards by doing tons of stuff and forget the real mission behind it. I was honored that I was chosen. But I pray just to continue helping people. That is the real reward.”

The daughter of Johnny and Janet Swan, of Hazel Crest, Ill., Swan maintains a 3.44 grade point average and is a member of the yearbook team and serves with the tech crew for plays and musicals.

She plans to attend Colgate University in New York to study microbiology and political science.

“I would love to be a scientist and help find cures for genetic issues and perhaps heart issues, too,” she said.

“However, I would also like to serve people through government and service. My ideal career, overall, would have something to do with helping other or helping someone grow.”

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