Nancy Funez and Scottie Ziegner, seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as Elks “Student of the Month” for their outstanding community service. Each student received a check for $100 at the recent Lodge meeting.

Nancy is a member of Young Life, The Fight Club, which organized the HRVHS’s Relay for Life team, and she belonged to the Inspiration Circle, which instills empowerment in young ladies. She was the yearbook editor, a cheerleader for football, and played soccer.

Nancy’s community service includes the following: she was the boys’ basketball manager, running the clock and keeping stats for both home and away games; she participated as a counselor for Wy’east outdoor school; she mentored middle school students with their homework for St. Francis House; and as a Sunday School teacher, she was in charge of a class of children ages 3-6, giving them activities to keep them occupied.

Nancy volunteered at the Hood River County Fair’s dunk tank; she made food and sold it at the Relay for Life concessions; and she assisted at a bike race, handing out medals and cookies.

Nancy is the daughter of Alberto and Rosa Funez. She will be attending Columbia Gorge Community College majoring in Veterinary Medicine. She would like to become a veterinary technician.

Scottie is also a member of The Fight Club, which raises funds to support the fight against

cancer. He participated in the Eagle Army, where he was the school mascot, “Tuffy,” to create school spirit; he participated in Captain’s Council learning the importance of fairness, players support, team spirit and respect; he is an Eagle Scout and Senior Patrol Leader for the Boys Scouts, where he mentors other younger scouts; he is team captain of the tennis team and currently the number one singles player; and he is team captain and MVP of the basketball team.

Scottie’s community service includes: volunteering in the youth group at his church, where he planned and organized youth activities, early seminary and missionary work; he helped with weeding and clearing walking paths for forest service; he collected cans and donations for four years for FISH; he delivered quilts and visited the elderly; he helped build a ramp and painted the classroom and outside of Wishram Elementary School; he weeded flowerbeds and planted new shrubbery for Whitson Elementary School; he prepared the gym for the youth basketball games each Saturday, kept score and was a referee for the Hood River Community Education; he oversaw the blood drive at his church for the American Red Cross; and he packed Christmas baskets with the boys basketball team to be delivered to needy families.

As part of the Boy Scouts, he moved rocks for the new airport runway addition and he organized and built 12 benches for the Community Tennis Court Renovation Project, soliciting donations, assembling and installing them and constructing pathways between the benches for his Eagle Project.

Scottie is the son of Lisa and Luis Ziegner. He plans to major in Criminal Justice at either Utah State or Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

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