Homeroom teachers at St. Michael-Albertville High School are always on the lookout for exceptional eleventh-grade students to recommend for STMA’s Rotary Student of the Month program. Local Rotarians select students each month of the school year who embody their motto of “service above self,” with the focus on students in their junior year so the honor can be included in college and scholarship applications.
The local Rotary club has honored several students over the past few months, including Lexi Wiessinger, Cammi Ailts and Ellie Hassinger in December and Kylie Stokes, Abigail LaDuke and Ruthie Schutz in February.
Lexi is the daughter of Scott and Laura Wiessinger of St. Michael. She has received numerous awards including academic letters, a basketball letter and Student of the Trimester. She is active in basketball and is on the Captain’s Council. She plans to attend college to become a physical therapist.
Cammi is the daughter of Brett and Cindy Ailts of St. Michael. Her many awards include letters in music, academics and track for the past two years, a Courtesy and Respect Award, all-conference academic for track, and sprinter of the year last year. She is active in soccer, track and field, winter weight lifting, National Honor Society, band and choir, Gold Jazz Band, and Sirens Choir. She would like to major in computer engineering at the University of Minnesota.
Ellie is the daughter of Dan and Kristi Hassinger of St. Michael. For the past seven years she has been a finalist for the MMTA Piano Competition. She is active in soccer, piano and the Freshmen mentor program, and works at the Wellstead of Rogers and Country Inn & Suites of Albertville. She also has volunteered at the LakeRidge Care Center in Buffalo. She plans to study either pre-law or nursing and hopes to continue playing soccer.
Kylie is the daughter of Katie Gerwing-Stokes and Lonnie Stokes of St. Michael. She is the captain of the color guard, a member of the theater club and started the ASL club. She also has received the Girl Scout Gold Award which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. She is unsure of her plans for college but hopes to travel.
Abigail is the daughter of Bob and Kristin LaDuke of St. Michael. She is a member of the STMA Concert Choir and Chambers. She will also be participating in the Minnesota All-State Honor Choir this month. In addition to music she also enjoys writing. Her future plans for college involve attend a four year college and continuing music and writing and potentially pursuing a journalism or law degree.
Ruthie is the daughter of Charise and Brian Schutz of St. Michael. She has been successful on the tennis team earning awards for hardest worker, an academic conference award and an academic letter. In addition to tennis she is involved in the National Honor Society, softball, Breakfast Club and is a FCA leader. She also does volunteer teaching at her church. Her future plans are to attend St. Bens for geriatric nursing.
“Their commitment to excellence in everything they do represents Rotary’s core values,” said Rotary Club’s 2016 President, Kevin Lenz. “We wish them happy and successful futures.”