January’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.

January Rotary Youth of the Month are:

Megan Fung

Senior at Hazen High School

Megan holds a 3.9 GPA; she has been involved in Band, Key Club, HOSA, STEM Club and National Honor Society. She has received Solo and Ensemble Band ratings of Excellent and Superior and Outstanding Marcher Award.

Megan volunteers with the Bellevue Arts Museum, KidsQuest, local schools, Seattle Reign and many other fundraising events in the community.

She plans to attend a four-year university to major in a STEM field, like engineering and would like to intern at labs during her college years to gain experience and prepare for a career after she completes her degree. At this time, she hopes to become a chemical engineer.

Lauren Huynh

Senior at Hazen High School

Lauren holds a 3.9 GPA; she has been involved in Hazen Drill Team, Key Club, Philharmonic Orchestra, National Honor Society, Gordy Guides and Earth Corps. She has received Hazen Academic All-Star (multiple times), Soundview Orchestra Superior Ratings, Drill Team – Academic State Champions, Varsity Letters, District and State Drill Awards, and 2019 National Drill Champion.

Outside of school, Lauren has been taking piano and viola lessons for many years.

She plans to attend a four-year college or university to study architecture or design and is interested in working as an interior designer for staging homes, hotels or businesses.

Connor Donahue

Senior at Lindbergh High School

Connor holds a 3.9 GPA; he has been involved in Key Club, National Honor Society, Class Senator, College Access Now, Eagle Crew and Lindbergh Swim. He has received AP Scholar with Distinction, Perfect Score-SAT II World History, Department Student of the Month, Outstanding Junior Award, OSHA and Microsoft JAVA Certification, Eagle of the Year Award, and State and District Swim placements/awards.

Connor works part-time as a lifeguard for the City of Renton and volunteers with Birthday Dreams and the Chinook Aquatic Club.

He’s planning to attend a private four-year college to pursue a degree in engineering or economics and is interested in a career in a STEM related field such as biochemistry or nuclear engineering.

Samirah Apdalhaliem

Senior at Renton High School

Samirah holds a 3.9 GPA; she has been involved in HOSA Club, Renton Peer Mentor, Renton Multicultural Festival and Renton High Tennis. She has received Honor Roll, Department Award and Citizenship/Academic Award.

Samirah works at the Samena Swim and Recreation Club as a front desk member and has spent time volunteering with the Woodland Park Zoo, Cham Refugee Community, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She is planning to attend a four-year university, in Washington, majoring in Biology-Physiology. She hopes to continue her education to attend the University of Washington Medical School and pursue a career in medicine to give back to her community.

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