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Duplin Rotary Honors Students of the Month

Rotary Students of the Month with Commissioner Jesse Dowe and Superintendent Dr. Obasohan


The Duplin Rotary Students of the Month were honored at the Duplin Rotary's last meeting. From left to right are:  Duplin County Commissioner and Rotarian Jesse Dowe, Destiny Noble, Lilly Wooten, Romero Arellano, Lindsay Underhill, Jenny Guzman, and Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan.


KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – December 14, 2018- Several Duplin County Schools students were recognized by the Duplin Rotary as Students of the Month for December. Romero Arellano, Jenny Guzman, Destiny Noble, Lindsay Underhill, and Lilly Wooten along with guests and Rotary members enjoyed a luncheon at the Country Squire Restaurant in Warsaw before each student shared with the club his or her accomplishments and plans for the future.

Romero Arellano is the James Kenan High School Rotary Student of the Month. He is involved in the Beta Club and visual arts program at JKHS. He said the staff is what makes his school great, and his favorite teacher was Hunter Dansby. Romero said Dansby is “a genuine guy who has the best intentions for all students.” Romero will be the first in his family to attend college, and he plans to attend East Carolina University next year. He said that when he visited the campus during a field trip he loved it. He plans to major in art and computer sciences and hopes to have a career as a graphic designer one day. The most influential person in his life is his brother, Ernesto Cruz. He said he looks to him for advice and he appreciates his wisdom and support. Romero is the son of Maria Pineda.

Jenny Guzman is North Duplin Jr/Sr High School’s Student of the Month. She loves her school because it is small and others are always willing to help. Her favorite teachers are Mr. Kevin Anderson and Mrs. Mendy Marcin. She said both of them have helped her and they make class interesting. She is involved in the Beta Club, the Duplin Health Sciences Academy, and tennis. Her aunt is the most influential person in her life as she has always supported her. Jenny will attend Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts where she has been offered a full scholarship. She selected Amherst because it is a small school. Jenny plans to major in biochemistry and hopes to work in this field in the future. She is the daughter of Manuel and Dilcia Guzman.

Destiny Noble was selected by Duplin Early College High School as the Student of the Month. She loves her school because it is small and she can really connect with her teachers. At DECHS she is involved in a club that is special to her called, “I Am That Girl Club.” She explained that members of this club focus on “lifting up” one another as well as their peers, always striving to find the positive in others. Her favorite teacher is her Academic Support Teacher, Ms. Greene who always helps her when she needs assistance. She plans to attend East Carolina University and major in nursing. She likes ECU because of the outstanding nursing program and its close proximity to home. She is very involved in her church, Potter’s Wheel Ministries. She is a member of the Praise Team and will soon teach Children’s Church. The most influential person in her life is her pastor, Larry Miller because he helps so many in need. In ten years Destiny hopes to return home and work for Vidant. She is the daughter of Kevin and Shannon Noble.

Lindsay Underhill is North Duplin Jr/Sr’s representative for Student of the Month. She was a student athletic trainer for the football team, she keeps statistics for the basketball team and she plays varsity soccer. She is also a member of the Beta Club, SADD Club, and Student Government Association. She loves her small school. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Dianne Canuette who has challenged her and taught her how to study effectively. She plans to attend North Carolina State University and major in Exploratory Studies, which will help her decide on her major. The most influential person in her life is Taylor Edwards who “has a heart of gold.” In ten years she hopes she has returned to Duplin County and begun a career and a family. Lindsay is the daughter of Dave and Melanie Underhill.

East Duplin High School selected Lilly Wooten as the Rotary Student of the Month. She is involved in the Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Beta Club, cheerleading and soccer. She loves her school because of the students, staff, and teachers. She said the teachers have invested so much time in her and they want to see everyone succeed. Lilly has “many” favorite teachers. When pressed to name just one, she said Mrs. Tracy Sumner is one of her favorites as she taught Lilly when she first moved to Beulaville. She has narrowed her college choices to three schools: the University of NC at Wilmington, Campbell University, and North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. She plans to major in Occupational Therapy, which is close to her heart. Lilly names her parents as the most influential people in her life because they have shaped her to who she is today. She is the daughter of Bartley and Beth Wooten.

Rotarian Jesse Dowe, who introduced each student, shared that the Student of the Month program is a favorite of the members of Duplin Rotary. He asked fellow Rotarian Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan to share a few remarks following the featured students.

Dr. Obasohan thanked the Rotary Club for their work and for always supporting students. He also encouraged students to remember all who have helped them along the way. “Do not forget your parents, family, teachers, this Rotary Club and people in your community. Never forget those who God put in your path. They were strategically placed there. May God bless you.”