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Elias Opgenorth named Kiwanis Student of the Month

The Kiwanis Club of Ashland has named Elias Opgenorth as its November 2011 Student of the Month. Opgenorth is the son of Mary Lindon and Jack Opgenorth.

Opgenorth has maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0. He has consistently taken a rigorous course load, taking advanced placement classes in advanced physics, government, and calculus.

Opgenorth has been the editor-in-chief, a designer and a writer for the Rogue News, a newspaper published on the AHS campus. As a freshman, he was chosen to a committee to research ways to better the school and to improve personalization at the school.

Opgenorth further used his skills as a freshman and sophomore member of the Student Leadership class which is responsible for campus activities and dances.

For two years, Opgenorth has been a student tutor specializing in math, and he has been a member of both the Brain Bowl and the Interact Club. He is also an active member of the AHS Key Club, the National Honor Society, the Knit Wits, and he has been a Fresh Start counselor for two years.

Opgenorth has been a member of the varsity the snowboard team for three years, and as a sophomore he took second place in the Southern League. In his free time, Opgenorth worked at Beasy's on the Creek and he tutored students.

Opgenorth has applied for early acceptance at Stanford University. He is also interested in Middlebury, Vt., and the California Maritime Academy. He is undecided about a major.

A senior student from the Ashland High School is honored by the Kiwanis Club of Ashland each month during the school year. Each Student of the Month receives an award certificate and $50 in cash. During the month of May 2012, two of the nine monthly winners for the current school year will be further honored with a $1,000 college scholarship.

To learn more about Kiwanis, call 541-488-0532.