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Rotary taps youth citizens

Four middle school and high school students have been named so far as Citizens of the Month

In an effort to recognize young people doing positive things in the community, the Forest Grove Rotary Club has started a Youth Citizen of the Month program, according to Jack Musser, a Rotary member and superintendent of the Forest Grove School District.

One eighth-grade student and one high-school senior will be selected each month, Musser noted. Selected students will 'exemplify the ideals of Rotary,' which include truth and honesty, fairness to all, an interest in building goodwill and friendships and taking actions that are beneficial to the good of others.

Selected students also follow school rules and meet teachers' expectations and possess an excellent behavioral record in addition to demonstrating service to others.

October student of the month from Neil Armstrong Middle School was Kyle Warren, son of Allen and Valerie Warren.

'Kyle is a kind, respectful and very responsible young man,' Musser said. He is involved in leadership activities, participates in student government and takes part in other community service activities. He has participated in the school Science Bowl and the canned food drive. He has a 4.0 grade point average.

From Forest Grove High School, the October winner was Brian Gray, son of Robert and Ann Marie Gray.

'Brian is an outstanding citizen who exemplifies the ideals of truth, honesty and fairness,' said Musser. An Eagle Scout whose project was remodeling the FGHS stadium's announcer booth, he carries a 3.3 GPA.

For November, the NAMS Rotary citizen was Eddie Castaneda, son of Luis and Endina Castaneda.

'Eddie is attentive, hard-working, focused, motivated and responsible,' said Musser. 'Eddie always goes the extra mile to make sure he does his work and does it correctly.' He holds a 3.9 GPA.

Justin Marble was selected as November's winner from FGHS. He is the son of Charlie and Anita Marble.

'Teachers, administrators and coaches describe Justin as a great young man, outstanding and compassionate, with high moral ideals,' Musser said. He is a volunteer in the district's Community Based Activity Program, a summer program for students with special needs.

Marble also serves as a high school peer tutor and is enrolled in the firefighter cadet program. He participates in cross-country, wrestling and track and carries a 4.0 GPA.