As of Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Camaryn Chambers and Beatriz Najera, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Hood River Elks February “Students of the Month” and were presented with a check for $100 at recent Lodge meeting.
Camaryn is described as a well-rounded person with all the tools for success in college and beyond, including intelligence, compassion, insight and motivation. She currently maintains a 4.0 GPA, taking honors and AP classes. She is vice president of the Asian Club, member of National Honors Society, and the Student Ambassadors Club, where she represents the school and acquaints new students with the school. She is also involved in the Knitting Club, teaching other students to knit, and she was creator and president of the Global Citizen Club, which discusses other countries, and Model UN Club, where they chose a country in monthly debates. She is also the captain and number one doubles player for the tennis team.
She was the treasurer during her junior for Leos Club, in which she volunteers at the local FISH food bank, attends meetings, addresses envelopes for the organization and helped with Holiday Baskets program. She participated in Youth of Heart of Hospice, visiting hospice patients and the elderly at the retirement homes, and was trained as an AVID tutor, tutoring sophomores in all core classes. She volunteered at graduation, Link Day — giving orientation for incoming freshman — and several other community projects. She has bagged coffee and participated in the Big Brother/Big Sister Tennis Clinic, several tennis camps and gala events to raised money for the tennis team.
Camaryn is the daughter of Charles and Liz Chambers. She would like to attend Stanford University, but has been accepted at Cal Poly with ambitions to major in mechanical or aeronautical engineering.
Beatriz is described as a curious, intelligent, detailed and personable, and a steady worker who makes challenging work look easy. Beatriz maintains a 3.83 GPA, taking AP and honors classes. She has received several awards which include the 2014-15 Community Contribution award semifinalist for community service, the Hamilton Award to attend the Hamilton Leaders Academy to gain leadership skills on life and economic theories, Most Improved Wrestler in 2014-15 and HRVHS Excellence Award in health and Spanish.
Beatriz is a member of the track and field, cross country and wrestling teams, the Global Citizens Club, Fashion Club —which creates designs in fashion — and the M.e.ch.a Club, promoting Hispanic pride amongst her school. She also participated in the plays “Reach 4 It” and “Legally Blonde the Musical.”
Beatriz’s community service includes volunteering in the Catholic Youth Group, where she helps plan church events, as an Avid Tutor, assisting other students with studies, and the National Arts Honor Society, developing skill and doing community service project in art throughout her community. She was a counselor for Columbia Gorge Peace Village and Camp St. Mary’s, leading kids in games, hiking, crafts, skits, and other learning activities, and volunteered at Camp Grow, providing an opportunity for bereaved children in the community to gather together to heal.
Beatriz is the daughter of Romero Najera and Beatriz Perez. She would like to attend Seattle University and major in either Anthropology or Biology.