The Seidenberger family has set a new record for academic excellence at Unionville High School this year with Sydney Seidenberger, the youngest of the family’s three children, receiving the Student of the Quarter Award. The award, sponsored by the Longwood Rotary Club, is presented to students who excel in school and also actively volunteer to help out in the community.
What makes it truly extraordinary, is that both Sydney’s older brother and sister, Scott and Sami, have also won the award in previous years. For the Unionville High School paraprofessional Sue Seidenberger and her husband Tom, having all of their children achieving this level of academic excellence is like a dream come true.
“We always told our kids that their job is to be the best student they can be,” said Sue. “Even through trial and error and failure, we told them they can still learn a lot and excel. And they have.”
Neither parent is certain what the secret to this success is, as all of their children have distractions. Scott was a gamer in High School with an active social life while Sydney loves watching Netflix. However, as parents, they always insisted that all three of their children finish their homework before any other activities, and also limited them to one sport per season to make sure they did not end up overextended and drained of energy.
Sydney, the most recent recipient of the award, plays soccer for the Unionville varsity, is a member of the student council and was selected for the school’s Leaders Involved in Networking Kids program. Sami, who graduated in 2015, is already attending the University of Delaware studying a degree in elementary and special education while Scott, who graduated in 2012, was a member of the Air Force ROTC throughout high school and received an ROTC scholarship to Cornell University and will graduate next year as a commissioned officer.
John Sanville, the Superintendent of the Unionville Chadds Ford School District expressed his amazement at this achievement as he has never before had three children from the same family receive this prestigious award.
“The extraordinary accomplishments of these students are not an accident,” said Sanville. “Clearly, they were raised in a home where appreciation and gratitude are practiced and shared. While they have the same initials, they are great kids on their own. Scott, Sami and Sydney are selfless, sincere and steadfast.”