The Kiwanis Club of Ashland recognized Ryan Mills, son of Andrew and Leslie Mills, as its April 2011 Student of the Month. A senior student from Ashland High School is honored each month during the school year.

The Kiwanis Club of Ashland recognized Ryan Mills, son of Andrew and Leslie Mills, as its April 2011 Student of the Month. A senior student from Ashland High School is honored each month during the school year.

Mills has taken various AP courses during his high school career, including U. S. history and American government. He also has taken mathematics and Spanish all four years. His cumulative grade-point average is 3.8.

Mills has participated on the Speech and Debate team for four year, and was co-captain last year. In this role, he accumulated numerous awards, including state accolades. He also has worked with younger students to teach debate procedures.

Mills has served as president of the Interact Club, participated in high school theatre, participated on the Brain Bowl, and was a member of the Poetry Club. He also found time to raise over $500 for the pre-natal unit at the Children's Hospital in Medford. Mills is also a distinguished writer, and contributes often to the AHS newspaper, "The Rogue News."

He enjoys music and may major in business at the University of Oregon, with an eye toward music production. He may add philosophy as another study area.

Each Student of the Month receives an award certificate and a $100 savings bond.



The Kiwanis Club of Ashland recognized Uriel Wolfe-Blank, son of Elaine Wolfe-Blank, as its January 2011 Student of the Month.

A senior student from Ashland High School is honored each month during the school year. Each Student of the Month receives an award certificate and a $100 savings bond.

Wolfe-Blank has maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.95. In addition, he has taken an Advanced Placement class in literature.

He is accomplished in drama activities, having taken key roles in several performances at the Options Theatre, the Oregon Stage Works, as well as at Ashland High School.

His theater experience runs deep, with Improv training, work in Theatres 1, 2, and 3, play writing, and stage work. His leadership includes president of the Drama Club and a Fresh Start Counselor at the high school.

He also has been a volunteer at the Midsummer Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Temple Emek Shalom, the Ashland Food Bank, and Bellview Grange and has worked with children at the YMCA, Science Works, and after school care.

He is especially interested in attending the University of Oregon. He may concentrate on psychology, and eventually get into child therapy.