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Student of the month also an outstanding athlete

The Rotary Club of Ashland has announced that Rosemary Weston, a senior at St. Mary's School, has been named Ashland Rotary Student of the Month for February. Rosemary will be honored at the regular Rotary meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22. Rosemary is the daughter of Cael and Marcella Weston of Ashland

Rosemary, seeking a smaller school, transferred from Ashland High School to St. Mary's in her junior year. She quickly became known for her tenacity and hard work. She has risen to the challenge of a strenuous curriculum and has maintained a 3.8 grade point average. During the summer term, Rosemary studied German II and German III.

Rosemary's most significant accomplishments have been in her athletics. Rosemary displayed leadership as wrestling captain at Ashland High School and was appointed assistant coach of the Ashland Youth Wrestling Club. She continues to wrestle for Ashland High while practicing above her weight class and wrestling in boy's and girl's districts.

This past fall, Rosemary decided to go out for football and played varsity level at the positions of guard and tackle. She received an award for attaining one of the top three grade-point averages on the team. Her head coach states that she is one of the most "coachable" athletes that he has met. She has also attained varsity status in cross country and tennis.

Rosemary has participated in and shown extracurricular leadership in Key Club, Model United Nations, Mock Trial, Philosophy Club, and Speech and Debate. She has participated in the Community Emergency Response Team with the Ashland Fire Department. Rosemary also started a project this year called Fighting For The Homeless, zeroing in on raising money and recruiting other students to help the homeless in Ashland.

Finally, Rosemary has her eye on a college education and has secured nominations to West Point, the Air Force Academy, and the Naval Academy. She is waiting to hear back about the results. She is being sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Greg Walden. She has been informed that she is now at the top of the list for the Naval Academy, which is her top choice. If she doesn't end up at an academy, Rosemary intends to do NROTC. She thrives on challenge and wants to continue striving for excellence while serving our country.

Lesley Klecan, St. Mary's director of college counseling, stated "I have no doubt that Rosemary will succeed. She is focused, driven and a hard worker. On top of that she is also kind and friendly with everyone."