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Rotary Club Students of the Month

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Renton Rotary Club has selected its Youth of the Month for September.

• Christian Puga-Salazar is a senior at Hazen High School.

He holds a 3.9 grade point average. He has been involved in Associated Student Body as senior class president, Future Business Leaders of America, Highlander Club, Earth Core, Diversity Club, St. Anthony’s Youth Group, cross country, tennis, soccer and track.  Puga-Salazar has received the athletic scholar award, junior varsity soccer and cross country certificates, and most inspirational award in soccer. He works part-time with a construction company and volunteers with Weed Warriors and YMCA Daycare.  Puga-Salazar plans to attend the University of Washington where he plans to obtain a degree in the medical field. His goal is to become a doctor.

• Maria Cornell is a senior at Lindbergh High School.

She holds a 3.3 grade point average. Cornell has been a member of the Associated Student Body, as senior class president and sophomore class vice president, Robotics Club, cross country and softball. She plans to attend college to major in engineering with a current specific interest in bio-engineering. Cornell hopes to possibly become a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer or a biomedical engineer.

• Carol Xie is a senior at Renton High School.

She holds a 3.3 grade point average. Xie is involved with Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America and Associated Student Body. She has received Matter of Heart/ASB Recognition, 3rd Place in regional public speaking competition through FBLA. Xie has volunteered with Relay For Life and is interning with the Mercer Slough.  She plans to attend a four-year university while working part-time. Xie hopes to be the first member of her family to be a member of the U.S. Navy.

The students and their parents are guests at a regular Rotary luncheon.

Rotary members recognize three Renton School District high school students each month as Youth of the Month. After being selected by counselors at each of the district’s three comprehensive high schools, a selection committee of Rotary members reviews applications and interviews students to identify those who will be selected as Youth of the Month. The award is given to students who possess leadership abilities, maintain a good grade point average, participate in school activities and volunteer in their community.

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