Although school is out for the summer, the Rotary Club of Parker recognized the following local high school students earlier in the year for their excellence.
Chaparral High School Students of the Month
Heather Miyazawa was recognized in March for her involvement, 3.95 grade-point average and ranking as 42nd in her class of 466 students. She has been a member of the National Honor Society, Student Body Vice President, girls’ soccer team, and past member of the Link Crew. Heather also has been the lead for many of the school’s traditional projects, such as homecoming, pep assemblies and prom. In addition she has spearheaded fund-raising events to raise money for a particular family and the Wish Festival at Chaparral. In the fall, Heather plans on attending the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she will be a biology/pre-medical school student.
Josh Bulawa, who has a 3.81 grade-point average and is ranked 70th in his class, was honored as the April Student of the Month. He has been a member of the National Society and the track and field team, and has served as editor of the school’s yearbook. In addition, Josh works with the special needs students on the school’s Unified Basketball Program. In the fall, Josh will attend Gonzaga University, where he will major in nursing.
Ponderosa High School Students of the Month
Dane Grounds was Ponderosa’s honoree for March. In his senior year, Dane was in the National Honor Society and president of the DECA Club. He excels in baseball, having earned a varsity letter on the school team and being selected in 2014 to the Northwest Regional team for USA baseball. He has also played with one of the most prestigious travel baseball programs in the nation, the Southern California National Travel Team and the Atlanta Braves Scout Team. His community service projects include Ponderosa’s Make a Wish Foundation program, umpiring for charity baseball tournaments and acting as the lead registrar in local elections. Dane plans on attending Southern Idaho College, majoring in business with a commitment to play on the baseball team. After two years at Southern Idaho, Dane plans on continuing his education at a four-year university with an ultimate goal to play baseball at a Division I level.
Courtney Richardson, a member of the DECA Club, was the April Student of the Month from Ponderosa. She excels at volleyball and loves to paint and draw. Courtney is very involved in community service work, including serving as a leader at Vacation Bible School, and as a coach and volunteer at YMCA volleyball camps. She also volunteers at the Parker Task Force, and prepares breakfast and lunch at the L&M Cafe for guests of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall. Courtney plans on attending the Colorado School of Mines, majoring in engineering/mathematics and playing on the collegiate volleyball team.
Lutheran High School Student of the Month
Taylor James was recognized as the May Student of the Month from Lutheran High School. With a 4.37 grade-point average, she was ranked second in her class of 82 students, was president of the Student Council, led the school’s morning announcements, and was a contributor for the LuHi Happenings and GoLuHi.com. Taylor excels in volleyball, having been a captain in her sophomore and junior years, and team manager in her senior year. She also managed and lettered all four years on the varsity basketball team. Taylor also finds time for community service, including serving as a volleyball camp counselor, group leader at Vacation Bible School, and working at the Parker Task Force and at the school concession stand. Taylor plans on attending Colorado State University in the fall, majoring in communications.