Murahashi and Herman chosen as Elks students of month for December

Bailey Murahashi and Madee Herman, both Hood River Valley High school seniors, have been selected as December Students of the Month by the Hood River Elks Lodge. They were awarded checks for $100 in recognition of not only their volunteer work in the community but the work they do both in and out of the classroom. They become eligible for the year-end award given at the annual banquet.


Bailey is a very outgoing, engaging young lady who enjoys many different things. She is a member of the lacrosse team, the cross country team and a 4-H club member, where she has enjoyed sewing, cooking, art and horticulture. She is a member of the Youth Group, the Fashion Club where they plan shows, share ideas and designs, and the Asian Club where they plan events, attend field trips and do fundraising. Bailey is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Youth Heart of Hospice Club.

Volunteer work at FISH food bank, where she helps sort and hand out food, is just one of many activities Bailey is involved in. She works with Heart of Hospice, serving and preparing food, making deliveries for the elderly around the holidays, helping at bike races and many other jobs. She volunteers at her church helping to paint, clean, helping serve dinners, visiting with elders and going on mission trips.

Bailey has helped at Frankton pre-school organizing activities, caring for and playing with the kids and helping teachers where needed. She also does 4-H volunteer work baking cookies and making blankets and aprons for the elderly. As a NHS member she has helped with the annual canned food drive and with the annual Christmas Project.

Bailey is the daughter of Scott and Cindy Murahashi and she has a younger brother, Brent, a freshman at HRVHS.

Bailey would like to become a business owner and after high school she will continue her education at a yet undecided college. When not in school she enjoys art, music and being with friends.


Madee Herman is also very active at her school, where she has been a cheerleader for three years. She is also a member of the cross country team and a member of the National Honor Society. She also manages to fit in a dance class twice a week and has a weekend job.

Madee’s volunteer work is centered around care for others. Every Saturday in 2012 she volunteered at the Family Birth Center. Some days she answered the phone, stocked shelves, made copies or filled binders with paper needed for new patients.

Other volunteer work finds her busy with Heart of Hospice where she helped make baskets for hospice patients and then delivered the baskets to the patients. The group also had dinner parties to raise money for patients who couldn’t afford some of the everyday things that they needed.

On Sundays, Madee goes to the Hood River Care Center and chats with the senior citizens. Some of her jobs were to help them eat, paint their nails, keep them active and mainly give them someone to talk to. She was also active with the school’s Community Work Day where she would help at a business and donate her earnings back to a charity.

Madee is the daughter of Don and Wendy Herman. She has three older siblings: Kara, Tommy and Milo.

This coming fall Madee will enroll at Linn-Benton Community College and pursue a career as a pre-natal nurse. After that she will transfer to Oregon Health and Science University to complete her training.


— Submitted by George Johnson, Elks member

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