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Rotary Recognizes October Students Of The Month


Rotary Recognizes October Students of the Month

Duplin Rotary recently recognized Students of the Month for October. Students, along with guests and Rotary members enjoyed a luncheon at the Country Squire Restaurant in Warsaw. Following lunch, students were given the opportunity to share their accomplishments and plans for the future. Rotary District Governor Doug Wolfe also visited the Duplin Rotary Club and discussed the many things that the Rotary Club does to support local and worldwide endeavors.  District Governor Wolfe also encouraged members to try new service projects and have fun doing it; he also congratulated our wonderful students and their achievements.

Wendy Alvarado is the Rotary Student of the Month for North Duplin High School.  Ms. Alvarado enjoys volunteering and getting involved in clubs at her school. She is currently a member of the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Club and was a prior member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) Club.  Ms. Alvarado says that her father is the influential person in her life and the one that motivated her to join the army and serve her country.  Her favorite teacher was Ms. Debbie Rhodes who taught Reading.  Ms. Alvarado indicates that after high school she plans to join the army and study dentistry.

Richard McNeil Jr. is the Rotary Student of the Month for James Kenan High School.  Mr. McNeil plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and major in psychology. Mr. McNeil’s extracurricular activities include being president of his school’s Beta Club, President of the Student Council, and President of the Fellowship of Student Athletes. He mentioned that one thing he likes about high school is getting to meet many people and see new faces. Mr. McNeil states that growing up the most influential person in his life, aside from his parents, was his teacher Hunter Dansby because he taught him valuable life skills. Mr. McNeil states that the qualities he looks for in a friend are trustworthiness, sincerity, and a sense of realism. Mr. McNeil states that in 10 years he sees himself being successful and God-fearing. Mr. McNeil is the son of Richard McNeil Sr.

Byron Medina is the Rotary Student of the Month for Duplin Early College High School. Mr. Medina states that he plans to apply at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Brown University majoring in computer science and minoring in business administration. Byron states that he picked UNC Chapel Hill and Brown University because of their prestige and great computer science programs.  Mr. Medina is involved in intramural soccer and is a member of the Beta Club.  He likes Duplin Early College High School because of its diversity. He states that his favorite teacher was his middle school teacher Shanique Sewer because she taught him to never stay in his comfort zone. Mr. Medina states that the qualities he looks for in a friend are honesty, loyalty, and being down to earth. In 10 years Byron hopes to open his own computer business while venturing into the stock market world.

Kelly Westerbeek is the Rotary Student of the Month for East Duplin High School.  Ms. Westerbeek plans to attend either Campbell University or UNC Chapel Hill and major in pharmacy.  She participates in cross-country, track and field and softball. Kelly is acting senior class president, vice president of the HOSA Club, treasurer of the BETA Club, current East Duplin Queen of Hearts, and a member of the Health Science Academy.  Ms. Westerbeek states that the most influential people in her life are her three sisters because they are her biggest supporters and role models. She states that her favorite teacher was Ms. Consuela Johnson in 6th grade because she saw the potential in her and pushed Kelly to get out of her comfort zone. Kelly states that one of her prize accomplishments so far is completing the pharmacy technician course at the Coastal Carolina Community College.  Ms. Westerbeek says that the qualities she looks for in a friend are support and honesty. She states that 10 years from now she wants to open her own pharmacy and gift shop in Duplin County along with her sister. Kelly is the daughter of Danna Westerbeek, school counselor at East Duplin High School.

Duplin Rotary President Francisco Rivas-Diaz stated, “we appreciate all parents and school officials for all they do for the students. It is inspiring to meet and hear from such great students each month and we wish them the best in their future endeavors”.