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Kiwanis names Dante Toppo student of the month

The Ashland Kiwanis Club has named Dante Toppo as its January student of the month. He is the son of Lauren and Jonathon Toppo.

Toppo has taken challenging classes including Advanced Placement English composition, government, world history, and U. S. history, and he is currently enrolled in AP calculus, English literature and physics, all while maintaining a GPA of 3.964.

Since his freshman year, Toppo has been a member of the AHS speech and debate program, and he is currently the captain. His participation in speech events such as After Dinner Speaking and Parliamentary Debate has netted him numerous awards at regional tournaments. This year he serves as a mentor by teaching the new members of the speech and debate team.

Since the team requires a substantial amount of money for travel to tournaments, Toppo has been actively involved in fundraising for the schools foundation.

He also has served two years as Fresh Start counselor to mentor incoming freshmen. Last year, Toppo was selected junior class president. One of his major goals as president was to bring back a higher sense of class spirit and camaraderie to the junior class.

He also currently serves as the Rogue News online editor in chief, and he has served as AHS redesign student liaison, Natural Helper, poetry club vice president, and he has been on the academic challenge team.

Toppo's future interests include politics and international relations. He has applied to attend Columbia University.

A senior student from the Ashland High School is honored each month during the school year. Each student of the month receives an award certificate and a $50 savings bond. During the month of May, 2011, two of the nine monthly winners for the current school year will be further honored with a $1,000 college scholarship. This is called the "Tommy Laird Kiwanis Scholarship".

For information about Kiwanis call 541-488-0532.