Fashing and Greenwald were Elks’ March Students of the Month

Allison Fashing and Naomi Greenwald, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Hood River Elks Club’s March Students of the Month. They both received checks for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting.

Allison Fashing currently maintains a 3.81 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Club, is a Link Leader, assisting freshmen in acclimating to their high school surroundings, and volunteers as a teacher’s aide for a fourth-grade class, especially during its Oregon Trail unit.

Allison played for the volleyball team for three years as an outside hitter. She has been a level 5 gymnastics competitor for three years and competed one year at level 6. She has been a gymnastics coach at the Hood River Sports Club since 2011, coaching classes year-round.

Allison spends much of her time involved in volunteer activities helping teachers and students at Westside Elementary for the past year. Allison’s favorite volunteer opportunity has been the Portland Outdoor School for the past two years. She was a counselor for a group of sixth-graders, teaching them about the environment. She especially values this experience from the lessons she learned from the staff, the lifelong friendships she made, and the impact she made on the sixth-graders.

She has been active with packaging baskets during the holidays, been a server during Scholarship Night, active with 4-H, making hats and blankets, helping at the FISH food bank. She volunteered at the Rotary Wine and Pear Fest, and assisted during the Kids Triathlon in September 2013.

She has also volunteered at the Hood River Sports Club supervising children, loading equipment and teaching gymnastics.

Allison’s family hosted three girls from our sister city, Tsuruta, Japan, in 2012 showing them the culture of Hood River and the Columbia Gorge. She volunteered on the board and set up and photographed events.

After graduation, Allison hopes to take it easy until she attends the University of Idaho in the fall, where she is planning on majoring in anthropology and international studies, with a minor in Spanish.

Her parents are Bill and Linda Fashing.

Naomi Greenwald holds a 4.00 GPA and is a member of the Asian Club, Earth Club, National Honor Society and Challenge Day, where the group discusses the social issues at involve those in high school. She is a performer at HRVHS, appearing in the musicals “Reach 4 It” and “Legally Blonde,” as well as singing in the Aurora group.

Naomi has been a member of the varsity tennis team since 2011 and is currently the team captain. She is also a member of the Nordic team and volunteered her time for fundraising events for both sports.

Naomi is active with the Leos Club, helping with recycling of bottles and cans, and volunteers at FISH food bank. Some of her other community services include Youth Heart of Hospice socializing with seniors, helping run events for National Honor Society, the Gala Fashion Show, Scholarship Night and An Evening of Excellence.

She has helped teach robotics to middle school students and through “Dos Estudiantes,” has mentored to a Hispanic elementary school girl learning English.

Naomi worked the last two summers at Mike’s Ice Cream shop, the Knead Bakery since 2011 and Romul’s Restaurant. She hopes to travel abroad after graduation and later attend Western Washington University studying medicine or social sciences.

Naomi is the daughter of Feliza and Lee Greenwald.

— Submitted by Dave Aiken, Elks scholarship chairman

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