Rotary Students of the Month January 2022

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Photo Caption: The high school students pictured from left to right are Calvary Peone of Mary Walker, Samantha Riggles of Riverside, and Ryan Porter of Deer Park.

The Deer Park Rotary Club members picked three students for January’s Student of the Month.

Clint Hull, Principal at Riverside, introduced their student: Samantha “Sam” Riggles. Sam brings a great spirit to the school and has been at Riverside all four years. She thanked her parents for instilling high standards and thanked all those who have helped shape her. Riggles is involved in art, jazz band, piano, college-level classes, volleyball, tennis, and basketball. She’s planning to attend North Platte Community College, near Omaha, where she’ll continue basketball and pursue a hygienic career.

Matt Cobb, Mary Walker Principal, introduced Calvary Peone. Calvary is the youngest and the fourth Peone to come through the Springdale schools. He is a hard-working 4.0 student and since his mom is a teacher, he grew up in the school principal’s office! Calvary is a Spokane Tribe member, taking Spokane Falls college classes. Attending Spokane Tribe’s Pow-wow introduced him to his ethnicity, and he works hard to maintain and express his cultural identity. Peone wants to uplift the native people in the community and encourage them to strive for their best. He plans to attend Whitworth and pursue something in the Industrial field and/or Architecture. 

FFA Advisor Erica Whitmore introduced Ryan Porter, Deer Park’s Student of the Month. From Tillamook, Oregon, Porter was a State winner at the FFA convention and aspires to be a State Officer for FFA. His family (in attendance) has always been involved in agriculture, so he has always loved FFA and gotten involved in it here. He plans to pursue a Science Degree in Biology and Food sciences. He’s very interested in the cheese industry and has been to Walla Walla twice to learn “Artisan Cheesemaking.” Porter competed and won at State with a speech about the Cheese industry and participated at the National level. He hopes to go to College in Idaho or at Michigan State. 

What is the Deer Park Rotary Club?

The Rotary Club of Deer Park is about serving others, building relationships, and developing the next generation of leaders. Its annual fundraising events provide scholarships and educational activities for local students. Every month they select and honor outstanding high school students within our community. Their programs are not just for club members! For more information or to learn how you can make a difference in your community through Rotary, visit: DeerParkRotary.com

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