Rotary honors top seniors

December 15, 2009

By Staff

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following students as its students of the month for November:

Allison Bolgiano

School: Liberty High School

Category: Language arts

Parents: Sharon Hopkins and Doug Bolgiano

Sponsoring teacher: Kris Daughters

Achievements: Advanced Placement Scholar Award, 3.91 grade point average, seven AP classes taken, PTSA Reflections finalist in literature, co-editor in chief of Patriot Press

Athletics: Varsity swim and dive letters

Activities: Issaquah Youth Advisory Board chair in 10th and 11th grades, city of Issaquah Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2008, raised eight guide dog puppies

Outside school affiliations: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Issaquah Youth Advisory Board, YMCA Camp Orkila

Interests: English, social studies, journalism, raising guide dogs, kayaking, photography

Future goals: Attend liberal arts college, majoring in political science or sociology; career in law, foreign service, journalism or nonprofit management

Jayden Long

School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

Category: Language arts

Parents: Kjirsten Long

Sponsoring teacher: Lane Helgeson

Achievements: Outstanding student, Canned Food and Coat Drive organizer for Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, organized rummage sale for African orphans, organized art shows at Firehouse Teen Center in Redmond

Activities: Language arts, music, drawing, reading and biking

Outside school affiliations: GSA, yearbook

Future goals: Evergreen State College, teen counselor

Michael McManus

School: Issaquah High School

Category: Social studies

Parents: Karen and Richard McManus

Sponsoring teachers: Doug Jones and Jeremy Ritzer

Achievements: Four Advanced Placement classes with scores of 5 on calculus and U.S. history AP exams, AP Scholar with honor; stage managed “West Side Story” at Village Theatre, placed in DECA area competitions for marketing management and competed at state

Activities: Social sciences, government, U.S. history, math, physics; technical theater, stage and production management; light and sound technical work

Outside school affiliations: Village Theatre, KIDSTAGE, technical theater

Future goals: Go to a Washington, D.C., university (American, Georgetown or George Washington), major in political science for a career as a political operative in a campaign, with long-term goal of chief of staff at the White House

Ahren Stroming

School: Liberty High School

Category: Social studies

Parents: Susan and Steve Stroming

Sponsoring teachers: Jann Longman/Amy Cooke

Achievements: National Merit honorable mention, Honor Society, honor roll, outstanding attorney mock trial, best new writer/2009-10 opinion editor

Athletics: Fourth overall in Salmon Days 5K, senior cross country team captain

Activities: Mock Trial, journalism, government, psychology, skiing, climbing, Frisbee, baseball

Outside school affiliations: REI

Future goals: Four-year college/university, political science major, psych minor; career as attorney

Anja Speckhardt

School: Issaquah High School

Category: Language arts

Parents: Thomas and Bernice Speckhardt

Sponsoring teacher: Melanie Boaz

Achievements: Advanced Placement scholar with honors, outstanding student of French language (Alliance Francaise), three-time participant in Project Compassion (humanitarian aid project to Romania), three-week hospice internship

Activities: Politics, debate, literature, foreign language, Junior Statesmen Foundation member, chemistry tutor, reading, writing, poetry, singing, running, German and French literature, obnoxiously enthusiastic cheering at Issaquah football games

Outside school affiliations: Church worship team singer and Youth Compass student leader

Future goals: Applying to seven universities, with plans to major in international relations and go on to law school; work in Foreign Service, CIA or a nonprofit organization

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