Rotary Students of the Month for February 2017
Poncho Gonzalez Martinez
Poncho Gonzalez Martinez, of Canton, was named Rotary Student of the Month for February.
A senior at Central Haywood High School, Martinez is member of the CHHS Employability Club. He also earned a bronze-level WorkKeys National Career Readiness certificate.
His teachers say "he is polite and considerate to everyone and is very interested in learning." Martinez is interested in road construction and maintenance, having watched his father's work for many years. His teachers say he has been reading about civil engineering.
After graduation, Martinez plans to attending A-B Tech and pursue a degree in civil engineering.
Josh Wilson, of Canton, was named Rotary Student of the Month for February.
A senior at Pisgah High School, Wilson plays varsity football and varsity basketball. He is a member of DECA, the Pisgah Athletic Student Community Outreach Program, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society.
Wilson is on the A Honor Roll. He is the recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award; the Great American Rivalry Series Award and scholarship; was named two-time Pisgah Bear Player of the Year in football; and is the top 10 percent of his graduating class, with a GPA of 4.56.
After graduation, Wilson will attend Western Carolina University's Honors College and major in pre-medicine.
Meredith Burgin, daughter of John and Anita Burgin, was named Rotary Student of the Month for February.
A senior at Tuscola High School, Burgin is a member of the National Honors Society. She is a ETSU Roan Scholar nominee and Queens University Presidential Scholarship nominee; is the first chair of the Flue Honors Symphonic Band; received the Junior of the Year Award for 2015-16; and won the Community Service third place team award.
Burgin has been the drum major of the Tuscola Marching Band since her junior year. She has served on the Student Technology Advisory Council since 2014. Burgin is also co-president of the Science Club; was a member of the Winter Guard in 2013-16; participated in Science Olympiad in 2015-17; and is a member of HOSA.
Outside of school, Burgin is a member of Wayensville First Baptist Church where she participates with the youth group, the youth choir and serves on youth missions. She has also been a Vacation Bible School volunteer since 2010.
After graduation, Burgin plans to attend a four-year university and major in pre-medical biology.
Emily Sears, daughter of Jonathan Sears and Linda Llepporoli, was named Rotary Student of the Month for January.
A senior at Tuscola High School, Sears is the vice president of the National Honors Society; the vice president for the International Club; and has been a member of the marching band since she was a freshman and is currently a section leader. She has participated in Envirothon for two years and Science Olympiad for three years. Sears was an attendee of the North Carolina School of Science and Math Online Program.
Sears was a featured soloist in the marching band for two years. She was nominated for the National Young Leaders Conference all four years of high school. Sears was awarded the National Academy of Future Scholars and Technologies Award of Excellence in her sophomore and junior years, and was also nominated for the Army All-American Marching Band.
Outside of school, Sears attended Girls State in 2016 and went abroad to Oxford University in England in July 2010 to study war in world history and screenwriting.
After graduation, Sears plans to attend a four-year university and pursue a degree in political science.