Saturday, March 29, 2014
Thania Torres and Annie Veatch, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as the Elks January Students of the Month. Each student was presented a check for $100 at a recent Lodge meeting.
Thania maintains a 3.9 grade point average. She is presently taking AP courses in calculus, French, government, honors medical biology and writing 121/122.
She is very active in National Honor Society, which includes a minimum of 20 hours in community service; she was president of the HOSA Club which explores health care occupations; she was vice president of Leos Club volunteering for different projects within the community; she is also a member of the French Club. She played soccer all four years and was captain of the JV team her junior year.
Thania’s community service includes over 261 hours in the ER stocking supplies and shadowing the nurses and doctors at Providence Memorial Hospital; she spent the last two years volunteering at Wy’east Outdoor School as a counselor for seven girls, helping the teacher with the lessons, being responsible for taking them from place to place and making sure they got to bed.
She volunteered at the FISH food bank, working all three positions; she worked the cash register, helped the caller at bingo for the Hood River Valley Adult Center.
Thania is the daughter of Tino and Elvia Torres and she plans to attend either College of Idaho or Gonzaga University majoring in pre-med.
Annie Veatch maintains a 3.56 grade point average. She describes herself as dependable, responsible and reliable. She belongs to the History Wizards Club; she participates in four sports: softball, in which she was second team All-League infield her freshman year; varsity Golden Glove and Coaches Award her sophomore year; in basketball she was MVP her freshman year, Eagle Award her sophomore and junior year and captain her senior year; she was also a member of the volleyball team her freshman year and cross country for three years.
Annie’s community service is numerous. She volunteered more than 417 hours at the Hood River Valley Christian Church serving soup, volunteering in Sunday school and singing Christmas carols; packing and preparing food boxes for the Hood River Christmas Project.
She worked as a camp counselor at multiple basketball camps from 2011-14; assisted with catchers and young softball at practice; watched children during the parents’ night out; helped paint the bleachers, worked the concession stands, helped coach and umpired softball games for Hood River Little League; refereed for youth basketball; cooked and served for the elderly at the Hood River Valley Adult Center; and was a server at the Blossom Day Breakfast.
Annie is the daughter of Erik and Jennifer Bailey and she plans to attend George Fox University majoring in physical therapy.
— Submitted by Linda Sanders, Hood River Elks member
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