Cohn and Dolan chosen as Elks ‘Students of the Month’ for February

Delia Dolan and Tony Cohn, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were recognized for their academic excellence and community service at a recent Hood River Elks Lodge meeting. Both students received a check for $100 and are among the 18 students who are in the running for the “Student of the Year” Awards which will be presented on Sunday, June 1.


As a 4.00 honors student, Delia has been a member of the National Honor Society since her sophomore year.

For the past two years, Delia has been the secretary of Earth Club and was instrumental in getting solar panels for the science building. In her junior year, she was one of the Chamber Singers who traveled to Ireland and she has participated in three different musicals.

Delia is extremely active in the Valley Critters 4-H Club and has been secretary since 2009. Through 4-H, Delia has raised animals and showed them at fairs, along with giving presentations to other clubs to help them with showmanship and other information.

She has been captain of the varsity lacrosse team and the Nordic ski team and was a state qualifier since her freshman year. She a member of Youth Heart of Hospice, helping to raise money for hospice patients.

Delia’s community service includes volunteering as a camp counselor at 4-H Camp, supervising and overseeing activities; helping run a petting zoo at Harvest Fest; and working First Fridays and farmers markets to promote 4-H.

Through Dos Estudiantes, she spent time with elementary students helping them with their English; she collected cans and delivered Christmas care packages and canned food to families in need during Christmas time; she also caroled at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, modeled for two fashion shows and did a benefit concert for FISH.

Delia helped an incoming freshman student acclimate to high school as part of Link Leaders; she was a referee and helped to run three girls lacrosse clinics for youth lacrosse players; and participated in a drill to prepare the hospital in dealing with a mass casualties dramatization.

Delia is the daughter of Joe and Juliana Dolan. At the present time, Delia is undecided as the college she will be attending but she will be majoring in biology.


Tony Cohn is an AP scholar who maintains a 4:00 GPA and is the vice president of the National Honor Society, for which he has participated in more than 20 hours of community service.

He is a member of the Spanish Club and the First Robotics team, working with a team of students to build a functioning robot that competed throughout the state, Idaho and regionals in California.

During summer 2013, Tony was admitted to the Insitu Roboflight Academy and learned about unmanned aerial vehicles, computer programming and the industrial industry and was lectured by various engineering based companies.

He founded and is currently the vice president of the HRVHS Kiteboarding Club; he is the captain and a midfielder for the varsity lacrosse team and regularly travels to Portland to compete in the Rhino lacrosse league for high school students; and he raced grand slalom, freestyle and slalom categories competing at Mt. Hood Ski League.

Tony’s community service includes competing in the annual Kiteboard 4 Cancer, in which all proceeds are donated to cancer research and cancer survivors; creating a musical video; and sorting and packaging canned food to be distributed to disadvantaged families in Hood River for the Christmas Project canned food drive.

Tony has also volunteered two hours a week as a math tutor in various high school math classes, and was a mentor to an elementary school-aged Hispanic student who spoke Spanish as his first language as part of Dos Estudiantes. Tony said he learned firsthand how frustrating it was socially and academically for this student, and how there wasn’t enough time being spent to help these students.

He was a teacher’s aide at Mid Valley Elementary in Odell and a referee for the Oregon Youth Lacrosse Association.

Tony works at Cultivate Catering as a dishwasher, busboy and server.

Tony is the son of Eric and Holly Cohn. He plans to attend Cal Poly, majoring in industrial engineering.

— Submitted by Linda Sanders, Elks Scholarship chairman

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