Hudson Middle School eighth graders Olivia Chauvin and Berkley Pelletier were nominated and chosen for recognition by the "Kids Making a Difference" program, which is sponsored by The Royster Group and hosted by the Hudson Parent Teacher Organization. Honorable mention was awarded to eighth graders Alex Burrows, Sophia Lucarelli, Elizabeth Noechel and Grady Zappone. Students were chosen for their significant accomplishments or achievements in and/or out of school and for helping others and contributing to their school and community in a positive manner.

Olivia Chauvin is in the Respect community at the Hudson Middle School. She was nominated for leadership skills and the ability to bring out the best in people. In elementary school, Olivia moved to Hudson and experienced what it can be like to be the new girl. Olivia says this experience has helped her to focus daily on creating a warm environment for others who might be going through the same thing. Olivia is very active, primarily in volleyball year round, but can also be found participating in track and field, show choir as well as church and Bible studies. She has been recognized with citizenship and taken first place in the Kids Safety Poster contest. In the future, Olivia would like to attend a Big Ten school to play volleyball and study ophthalmology, anesthesiology or radiology. According to Olivia, "Kids can make a real difference in their school and/or community by putting others first. If you always consider the needs of other before your own, the world would be a much better place."

Berkley Pelletier is a member of the Hudson Middle School Service community. He was nominated for his "dedication as a student who makes success a priority." His teachers feel that his, "positive attitude, motivation and willingness to help others make him a role model for his peers. Berkley is committed not only to making the middle school a better place, but his community as well. He spends many hours working with his church youth group contributing to the First Serve, Serve First as well as other various community service projects with the Boy Scouts (where he is a member of its elite division, the Order of the Arrow). Berkley can also be found participating in Power of the Pen (where he won first place last year at the State Finals), tennis, 3D modelling art and writing. Berkley has many goals for his future ranging from moving to New York City, building a space elevator to greatly reduce the cost of launching payloads into space and moving the human race toward resolving its difference so that everyone can focus on expansion and survival. Berkley thinks kids can make a difference by "getting involved in issues and speaking out against things they don't agree with."

The Hudson PTO congratulates these outstanding kids who are making a real difference in their school and community. The PTO thanks The Royster Group for their sponsorship of this program and for its generous donation each month. The proceeds of its donation will assist the children of the Hudson City Schools.