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Banks girls win Rotary honor

Annika Bratton, a senior at Banks High School, and Sydney Gregg, an eighth-grader at Banks Junior High School, are the Forest Grove Rotary Club’s Youth Citizens of the Month.

They were recognized at the club’s Oct. 16 meeting, along with their parents and with Banks High Principal Mark Everett and Banks Junior High Principal Shelley Mitchell.

Rotary Youth Citizens of the Month are selected based on their high standards of personal behavior, good citizenship, service to others, an exemplary behavioral record and their reflection of Rotary’s ideals of truth and honesty, fairness to all, developing goodwill and friendships and actions that are beneficial to the good of others.

Bratton is involved in advanced classes at Banks High School and is also a member of leadership, National Honor Society, dance team and is the co-editor of the student newspaper, The Clarion. She is also charged with organizing the school’s annual Red Cross Blood Drive. by: COURTESY PHOTOS: FOREST GROVE ROTARY - Annika Bratton and her parents were honored last week by the Forest Grove Rotary Club. They are pictured here with with Rotary Youth Funding Committee Member David Beasley, Club President Chuck Pritchard and Banks High School Principal Mark Everett.

In addition to her school activities, Bratton dances and helps teach dance at a local dance studio. She is also active in her church and will be part of an upcoming mission trip to Colorado.

Gregg is a two-sport athlete (volleyball and basketball) at Banks Junior High. She is also involved with the National Junior Honor Society and has helped put on a number of activities at Banks Elementary School, including the Harvest Fest, the school’s book fair and Santa’s Breakfast.

Outside of school, Gregg is also quite involved in her church. She is active in her youth group, which runs a coffee cart on Sunday mornings, and is active in Faith Café, an organization that provides meals and basic necessities to those in need. Over the summer, Gregg participated in a mission trip to the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation.

Rotary Youth Citizens of the Month receive a certificate and a $25 gift certificate to Frye’s Action Athletics. The awards are selected by school administrators and are rotated between Banks, Forest Grove and Gaston high schools.

Blake Timm is a member of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove. To learn more about the club and about Rotary, visit fgrotary.org or facebook.com/fgrotary.




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