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Kiwanis name students of the month

Ashland Kiwanis honors an Ashland High School senior through the school year, presenting each monthly honoree with $50 and a certificate. Then, in May, the $1,000 Tommy Laird Kiwanis College Scholarship will be awarded to selected Student of the Month recipients.

November honoree Hesperus di Properzio has lived in Ashland since she was 5 years old. She is vice president of the National Honor Society, a member of the Math Honor Society, President of Knit Wits, and founder of the Yoga Club. She was a winner of the NCTE Superior Writing Certificate Award in her junior year. Hesperus has an internship at Asante Ashland Community Hospital coaches YMCA gymnastics classes. She worked as an assistant caregiver at the Prospect House, has been a student teller at Rogue Credit Union, and is a student tutor for math and French. She plans to become a pediatrician.

John Almaguer, December's honoree, was born and raised in Ashland. Since sixth grade, he has participated in several musical ensembles, including the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon. The violinist participated in the LA Music Festival and came away with a gold award. He has taken several AP courses, including calculus. He has been a student tutor. John is currently interested in pursuing a degree in either Economics or English Literature.

Jonathan Connolly was named January Student of the Month. A leader in Drama and Thespian Club, Jonathan was student body social chair as a sophomore, vice president as a junior, and is now president his senior year. Jon organized dozens of events, from in-club activities to fundraisers for 200 people, as well as a children’s drama workshop for 35 children for a full day. He has played saxophone and clarinet for three years, and has an outstanding vocal range as well. In 2014, equity and TV actor Tony Heald volunteered to coach Jonathan in acting. Jon won several regional ribbons, then he went on to state where he won three ribbons and was chosen to perform three times in the final showcase for 1,800 state delegates in April. Then, in June, he was the International Thespian Festival Solo Music Division Winner. He performed in two showcases for over 5,000 thespians in June 2016. Jon will attend Northwestern University in Illinois,majoring in Theatre.

February Student of the Month Karl Moeglein has done all his formal education in the Ashland School District with stops at Helman, Willow Wind, Ashland Middle School and now AHS. He is an active member of the AHS Speech and Debate team and now serves on the team's board. Some of his biggest accomplishments include reaching the semifinals of the 2017 Stanford Invitational in parliamentary debate and attending the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Extemporaneous Speaking every year since his sophomore year. Karl is also one of the current editors of the Rogue News and does local broadcasting work with Table Rock Sports. Karl has also found time for some community service and volunteer work. He will attend the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University while pursuing a major in Broadcast and Digital Journalism, with a goal of a career in sports broadcasting.

March honoree Tessa Buckley has dedicated herself for four years to her true passion: the theater. She has been involved in the theater department at AHS in every way possible, from being onstage and backstage, to being the current vice president of the Drama Club. Most recently, Tessa performed in the school play “Sweeney Todd.” She also is a member of National Honors Society and Math Honors Society and is maintaining a 4.0 GPA through to the middle of her senior year. Buckley’s college plans are to attend a four-year university to earn a major in theater and a minor in chemistry.

April Student of the Month Lukas MacMillen's Lukas’ life circumstances since a very early age have forced him to learn to be very independent and to grow up much faster than the average teen, yet he is excelling at his academic studies. His success stems from a desire to learn and the enjoyment he receives from learning. With his senior year coming to a close, Lukas is proud to have been on the honor roll every year since middle school. He also finds time to participate on the AHS basketball team and help as a teacher’s assistant, as well as counseling freshman students. Lukas plans to attend either the University of Oregon or Oregon State University to study science. He then plans to move on to study to one day become a physical therapist.

For more about Ashland Kiwanis, go to ashlandkiwanis.org or www.facebook.com/kiwanisclubofashlandor, or call Ron at 541-488-0532.