Rotary honors four AHS teens

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Selected as Rotary Student of the Month for April were (l-r) Matt Hein, Lauren York, Rachel Whatley, and Bryan Gibson.

At the April 4 meeting of the Azle Rotary Club, four AHS seniors were acknowledged for their efforts.

Matt Hein, Rachel Whatley, Lauren York, and Bryan Gibson all received certificates from president Steve Parker.

Matt, 18, was a district champion in wrestling as well as being ranked No. 46 in the Class of 2013. The son of Fred and Cathy Hein, Matt’s current grade point average is 96.57.

Already a business owner – he runs a landscape business – Matt also is adept at small engine repair and has a Mircosoft Office certification.

His post-graduation plans include seeking a degree in either chemistry or engineering, beginning at Tarrant County College and finishing at the prestigious Colorado School of Mines.

Rachel, 17 with a GPA of 91.8 (No. 122 among classmates), is the daughter of Ray and Vernette Whatley. Rachel is all about cheerleading, she said.

A current captain of the AHS squad, she has spent four years cheering and also has a gymnastics background.

She crochets, too.

Rachel hopes to enter the medical field or become a paralegal, beginning her studies at TCC.

Lauren, daughter of Shadi Sutton, boasts a GPA of 94.16, good for 79th at AHS.

She played varsity tennis and has also participated in Peer Assistance & Leadership (PALs) and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.

She hopes to turn her photography skills into a bigger business and combine them with a marketing degree.

Lauren will attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

Bryan, 17, is No. 64 in class with a GPA of 95.16. He is the son of James and Sheila Gibson.

A member of the Future Farmers of America, Bryan is also the Interact Club president. That group of about 80 students is sponsored by the Rotary Club. Interact distributed shoes for the needy in a Shoes for Soles campaign.

Already the recipient of the President’s Leadership Class scholarship, Bryan has locked in his college: Southeastern Oklahoma State University to earn a degree in Occupational Safety and Health.

All four AHS students received a certificate from Parker.