Madeline Ticknor and Monica Marquez, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, have been selected as October Students of the Month by the Elks Lodge. The two were each presented a check for $100 in recognition of their community service work and their achievements in the classroom, on the stage and on the athletic field.
Madeline is fairly new to our community having moved here in 2011 but that has not stopped her from becoming very active at school and in her community.
Athletically she is involved with the Hood River Nordic Ski team and played soccer and ran on the indoor track team before moving to Oregon. She also spent time as a soccer referee. At school she is a member of the Earth Club, Fashion Club and French Club.
She was a member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Club back in New York where she met with a younger student, had lunch, talked and did art and craft activities. She is a member of the Gay/Straight Alliance where they plan activities to help ensure a safe and welcoming environment at school.
Madeline is involved with a leadership group that helps raise money for scholarship opportunities for the graduating class. She also went to elementary schools back in Norwich to talk to children about drugs, alcohol and driving under the influence of those drugs.
She is involved with Leaders For Tomorrow. They visit various businesses for tours and information about owning a small business and volunteer at local events and plan/conduct a service project. Two such events for her have been the Cross Channel Swim and the Harvest Festival.
Madeline’s volunteer work also includes Youth Heart of Hospice where they are involved with making crafts and prepare snacks for people living in assisted living and nursing homes, then delivering these items to patients and spending time with them. She has also spent time at St. Francis house teaching beginner piano to young children who go there.
In the summer she volunteers with the St. Paul’s/St. Bart’s youth group and at the Norwich Community Soup Kitchen serving sandwiches, soups, spaghetti dinners, doing fish fries and church auctions.
Madeline is the daughter of Susan and Art Ticknor and has an older brother, Ben, and a younger sister, Anna.
Next year she plans to attend a four-year college and major in French. The University of Denver, Lewis and Clark College and Kenyon College in Ohio are on her short list of schools she is interested in. She would like to pursue a career in something to do involving language. When not busy at school she enjoys reading, running, exercising and playing the piano.
Monica is also a senior at Hood River Valley and when not busy with school or volunteering enjoys riding horses, crocheting and dancing. A member of the National Honor Society, she has taken freshman, sophomore and junior honors English, honors physical science, tech. survey for women; Spanish for Spanish speakers 1, 2 and 3, AP human geography, chemistry and Spanish, Writing 121, advanced algebra/trigonometry as well as medical biology.
She is a member of Inspiration Circle, a club for girls that provides a safe environment to be able to talk to one another, ask questions and share common interests; and the Fight Club, which is part of the Relay for Life. They collect money and donations with all contributions going to the Relay for Life.
Monica is the editor of the HRVHS yearbook this year. She finds time to be involved with the United Nations Foundation and the Health Occupation Students of America clubs.
Her volunteer work includes working at the FISH Food Bank where she registers people and helps them put together their needed supplies. She has helped with disintegrating and disposing of prescription drugs so that they are not dumped into our water system and helped out at Pine Grove Elementary school filing packets and providing extra help on Community Work Day.
Monica has volunteered at Mid Valley Elementary helping with their P.M. project, assisting younger students with their homework and helped fill bags with Christmas presents and boxes with food and supplies for families in need. She has also given her time to the Halloween House at the armory, the Mid Valley carnival and Cultural Night at Pine Grove School. She helped with a rummage sale that raised money to support the United Nations Foundation and Inspiration Circle.
During athletic events she is often found selling concessions benefiting the junior class, Inspiration Circle or the Fight Club. This year will mark the fourth time she has helped with the Knights of Columbus Hoop Shoot.
Monica is the daughter of Fernando and Lucy Marquez and has two younger brothers, Fernando, 12, and Leo, 10. Next fall she will go to college to study pharmacy and become a pharmacist. She has narrowed her choice of schools down to Oregon State University, University of Pacific or the University of Southern California. In her spare time she enjoys being with family and friends.