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Ashland Kiwanis Student of the Month

Ashland Kiwanis named Emma Rose Parker as its December 2013 Student of the Month. Parker, born in Ashland, balances school, music, sports and an interest in animals, particularly reptiles.

In school, Parker enjoys science and math — so much so that she added statistics and AP calculus to her schedule this year. She also enjoys her English classes. She discovered her aptitude for music during her adolescent years. She started taking piano lessons at age 7, and this later blossomed into violin lessons, as well as self-taught guitar and mandolin. Complementing her love of music, Parker joined the AHS Honor Choir.

She earned varsity letters three of the four years she has been on the AHS cross-country team. Along with one of her classmates, she earned Scholar Athlete of the Year in the fall of her junior year.

Emma also has traveled with her family. While in Australia and New Zealand, at the age of 4, she discovered a fascination with reptiles and amphibians. After that experience, it became Emma's goal to become a herpetologist. She even co-authored a paper with her father that was published in a scientific journal.

Parker has been accepted to Davidson College in North Carolina and plans to do research in the herpetology lab there next year.

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 $50 in cash. During the month of May 2014, two of the nine monthly winners for the current school year will be further honored with the $1,000 Tommy Laird Kiwanis College scholarship.