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Forest Grove Rotary honors Gaston students


Amber Meeks and Taylor Bassell are February students of the month

by: COURTESY PHOTO: FOREST GROVE ROTARY CLUB - February students of the month Taylor Bassell (left) and Amber Meeks stand with Gaston Junior/Senior High Principal Susy McKenzie, Forest Grove Rotary Club President Chuck Pritchard and Gaston School District Superintendent David Beasley.Amber Meeks and Taylor Bassell of Gaston Jr./Sr. High School have been selected as the Forest Grove Rotary Club’s February Youth Citizens of the Month. The pair were honored in a presentation made at the club’s Feb. 19 meeting at Pacific University.

Meeks, a senior, is Gaston’s Associated Student Body president and is involved in school activities while maintaining better than a 4.0 grade point average and holding a part-time job. In her role as ASB president, she has kept the school organized with activities.

According to her nomination, prepared by school administrators, “(Amber) leads with goodness and grace, encouraging others and helping whenever needed. She understands that future relies on her training and encouraging the next generation to step up and take over. She sees beyond herself and makes everything better because of her gentle assertiveness and humility.”

Bassell, an eighth-grader at the school, is also involved in a number of activities, including horseback riding and softball. According to her nomination, “Taylor comes to class everyday willing to learn and is always willing to provide her thoughts on the topic at hand. She has a great attitude and can be a great leader and a productive part of a team. Her positive attitude and maturity level are at the top of her class.”

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