February’s Rotary Youth of the Month

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 review applications and interview 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.

February Rotary Youth of the Month are:

Vy Nguyen

Senior at Hazen High School

Vy holds a 3.7 GPA; she has been involved in Key Club, National Honors Society, College Access Now, Asian Student Coalition and Hazen Tennis; she has received Outstanding Divisional Treasurer, Honor Roll, Renton Ace Tennis Tournament second place singles and Most Motivational.

Vy works part-time at Starbucks and volunteers with Kiwanis in organizing events and fundraisers.

Vy plans to attend a four-year university to study in the medical field. She hopes to practice medicine as a heart surgeon or as an anesthesiologist in a large hospital.

Leah Smith

Senior at Lindbergh High School

Leah holds a 3.9 GPA; she has been involved in Robotics Club (currently Chief of Design), Lindbergh Soccer, Track and Field and her church youth group.

She has received Rookie of the Year (Robotics), Top Scoring Female Athlete (Track) and Most Spirited Award (Robotics). She volunteers with FIRST Robotics, CHILD (school), Renton River Days and Camp Huston.

Leah plans to obtain a degree as an aerospace engineer and wants to work on spacecraft technology. She hopes to intern at Blue Origin or SpaceX to gain first-hand experience with these companies.

Diana Caoagden

Senior at Renton High School

Diana holds a 3.9 GPA; she has been involved in ASB Class Office, Filipino Student Union (current President) and Renton High Gymnastics and Tennis.

She has received several Varsity Letters in Gymnastics and Tennis, Honor Roll and Honorable Mention in Tennis.

Diana has worked at the Museum of Flight as an Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE) Extended Care Specialist and she volunteers with local schools in Renton.

She is planning to attend a four-year university or college to major in communications. She is interested in a career as a journalist or public relations specialist and hopes to travel with her work.


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Leah Smith, courtesy of Renton Rotary Club.

Leah Smith, courtesy of Renton Rotary Club.

Vy Nguyen, courtesy of Renton Rotary Club.

Vy Nguyen, courtesy of Renton Rotary Club.

Diana Caoagden, courtesy of Renton Rotary Club.

Diana Caoagden, courtesy of Renton Rotary Club.

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