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.
March Rotary Youth of the Month are:
Senior at Hazen High School
Emily holds a 3.5 G.P.A.; she has been involved in Hazen Robotics (Team Captain, PR and Head of Fabrication), National Honor Society, Asian Student Coalition, Key Club, Tennis, Hazen Philharmonic Orchestra, Hazen Marching, Symphonic and Jazz Bands; she has received Varsity Letters in Band and Orchestra, Highest rated performance for a violin quartet, Most Inspirational (Tennis) and State Superintendent’s Award of Merit: Bronze Distinction.
Emily works part-time at MOD Pizza and volunteers with Northwest Harvest, Kiwanis International and at Hazelwood Elementary. She plans to attend a four-year university to study Bioengineering or Biochemistry.
She is currently looking to apply for a job as a Research Assistant at the University of Washington in their Department of Genome Sciences and hopes to gain valuable workplace experience so she can become a bioengineer or biochemist.
Senior at Lindbergh High School
Harleen holds a 3.5 G.P.A.; she has been involved in FBLA, International Club and Lindbergh Tennis; she has received Microsoft Word and PowerPoint Certification, National Honor Society, and several FBLA awards through various competitions.
Outside of school she is a part of the Young Executives of Color that is affiliated with the University of Washington.
She volunteers with CHI Franciscan Highline Medical Center and at Tiffany Park Elementary. Harleen plans to attend a four-year college and to pursue a career in the science field.
Senior at Renton High School
Dawit holds a 3.73 G.P.A.; he has been involved in the Renton High African Student Union, Green Team, Soccer and Cross Country; and has received Most Improved Player Award in Soccer.
Outside of school, Dawit is involved with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and the Ethiopian Community Center in Seattle where he coaches soccer and provides tutoring to students in Amharic, English and Math.
After high school, Dawit plans to attend a four-year university to study biomedical engineering. He hopes to become a biomedical engineer to develop human photosynthesis, to help end world hunger.