Rotary Club of Issaquah honors students of the month

January 15, 2013

By Staff

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

Veronica Austin

Veronica Austin

Veronica Austin

School: Liberty High School

Category of recognition: language arts

Parents: Larci and Mike Austin

Sponsoring teacher: Kris Daughters

Scholastic achievements: National Merit Scholar Semifinalist, 4.0 grade point average

Activity achievement: Editor in chief of Patriot Press

Scholastic interests: English, journalism, art

Hobbies: Reading, writing, listening to music and going to concerts, science fiction movies and TV shows

Outside school affiliations: writer for The Beat/The Issaquah Press

Education goals (post graduation): attend four-year university, preferably abroad

Occupation/career: be a writer, whether that be fiction, journalism or otherwise

Imam Baghai

Iman Baghai

Iman Baghai

School: Issaquah High School

Category of recognition: social studies

Parent: Ghadeer Baghai

Sponsoring teacher: Jeremy Ritzer

Scholastic achievements: 17-time JSA Best Speaker, AP Scholar, district finalist Reflections/writing

Athletic achievements: most inspirational soccer, most improved swimmer, soccer captain

Activity achievement: NHS senior service award, Gold Presidential Service Award

Scholastic interests: VP National Honor Society, PNW Governor of Junior Statesman of America

Hobbies: coaching, soccer, swimming, debating, writing

Outside school affiliations: co-editor of The Beat/The Issaquah Press, vice chair of Legislative Youth Advisory Council, Issaquah Youth Advisory Board

Education goals (post graduation): economics at the University of Virginia

Occupation/career: lawyer

Athena Hestness

Athena Hestness

Athena Hestness

School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

Category of recognition: social studies/language arts

Parent: Nikki Hestness

Sponsoring teacher: Joy Allison

Scholastic achievements: passing all classes consistently every unit

Athletic achievements: drill team (LHS)

Activity achievement: leadership

Scholastic interests: language arts

Hobbies: jogging

Education goals (post graduation): Bellevue College for two years, then transfer to University for Americans in Bulgaria

Occupation/career: translator/interpreter

Zoey Kapusinski

Zoey Kapusinski

Zoey Kapusinski

School: Issaquah High School

Category of recognition: language arts

Parents: Shelia Jones; James Kapusinski

Sponsoring teacher: Keri Dean

Scholastic achievements: National Merit semifinalist

Athletic achievements: varsity letter in soccer (11th and 12th grade)

Activity achievement: National Honor Society Senior Service Award

Scholastic interests: National Honor Society, Multicultural Club, Interact Club president, GSA, Ukulele Club, Roots and Shoots Club

Hobbies: reading, biking, listing to music, volunteering

Outside school affiliations: soccer — ISA Arsenal

Education goals (post graduation): acclaimed and rigorous liberal arts college; masters degree, maybe a professional degree

Occupation/career: biomedical researcher or environmental engineer

Jacob Morrison

Jacob Morrison

Jacob Morrison

School: Liberty High School

Category of recognition: social studies

Parent: Sonja Morrison

Sponsoring teacher: Steve Darnell

Scholastic achievements: National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar

Activity achievement: Ping Pong Club founding member

Scholastic interests: math, literature, social studies, science

Hobbies: reading, ping pong

Education goals (post graduation): four-year degree first, probably graduate school after

Occupation/career: no idea yet

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