Sydney McHale and Elisabeth Webb, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Elks April Students of the Month.
Sydney McHale carries a 3.98 GPA and has been very active in student government and the National Honor Society since her sophomore year. She participated on the basketball team for two years, volleyball and softball all four years and was team captain for basketball and volleyball.
She was chosen in her freshman year to compete in Poetry Out Loud.
Sydney’s community service includes more than 600 hours collecting and boxing up cans for the canned food drive and FISH food bank; volunteering in the community garden at Wy’east Middle School for Community Work Day; and helping with the blood drive for the past three years at the high school.
She also volunteered at the Elks Kids Christmas Party busing table and helping set up and run a booth; helped organize a softball camp for younger children to teach them the mechanics of softball; went to the elementary school to help teach kids about history; and helped run a parents night out where she watched and played games with the kids for a fundraiser for softball.
Sydney currently works as a secretary at Tum-A-Lum and is a hostess at Riverside Grill. She is the daughter of David and Maria McHale. She plans on attending Oregon State University majoring in biology.
Elisabeth Webb maintains a 4.00 GPA taking AP classes in physical science, biology, chemistry, calculus, human geography and writing 121/122.
She is a member the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Fashion Club, has been a member of the tennis team for four years and plays the piano and guitar.
Elisabeth’s community service includes: monthly collecting and recycling cans and bottles for the Leos Club and FISH food bank; volunteering at Relay for Life in 2011; participating in Evening of Excellence, escorting student winners; and participating in Community Work Day all four years.
She is an acolyte and works the nursery twice a month for St. Mark’s Church; she sold tattoos and face painting at the football games for UNF Club; she helped hand out baskets of donated gifts and food for the Christmas Project; she volunteered at the Cross Channel Swim and she job shadowed at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.
Elisabeth is the daughter of John and Judith Webb. She plans to attend the Art Institute of Portland majoring in fashion marketing.
Both students received a check for $100 and will join the other Students of the Month who will be in the competing for Student of the Year awards that will be held Sunday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Lodge #1507.
— Submitted by Linda Sanders, Elks Scholarship chairman