Rotary Club honors Valhalla students
The recipients of a Student of the Month award are treated to lunch along with their parents, guidance counselor, school principal and district superintendent, and are given a plaque that commemorates their compassion toward others, honesty, integrity and excellent work ethic.
Two deserving seniors also win $750 Rotary scholarships after a selection and interview process with Rotary members.
“The Student of the Month recognition emphasizes for the community the quality of young people we have among us,” Mr. Whearty said.
“Almost without exception since the mid-1960s, we’ve been honoring a senior from both schools nine months out of the year,” said Mr. Whearty, the first principal of West- lake High School in 1962 and the former superintendent of the Mt. Pleasant Central School District.
Service Above Self
The students, who are recommended by their home school, are chosen because they display the characteristics associated with everything the Rotary stands for.
“The Rotary motto is ‘service above self,’” Mr. Whearty said. “We’re one of the largest service organizations in the world and we feel it’s appropriate to recognize the quality students we have in our schools. We want to identify kids who not only do well in school, but who are of service in the community. The busiest kids are the ones who get the most done.”
Julian Guy, December’s Student of the Month, got a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam and near perfect scores on his Preliminary SAT, which qualified him for a National Merit Scholarship. His high scores and academic track record at VHS got him accepted into both Harvard and Yale through the universities’ early selection program.
Julian also has been the driving force for the last two years behind the school’s collection of more than 300 pairs of gently used shoes and sneakers for the national Soles4Souls shoe drive.