The recipients of the Rotary International “Islander of the Month” January award are Mercer Island High School students Emily Morse and Nicholas Chandler.
The high school seniors were introduced by MIHS Spanish language teacher Rebecca Lewis at a Rotary meeting on Jan. 8 at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center. Lewis, who teaches them both in her advanced Spanish class. She called them both courteous, hardworking students and exceptional individuals.
"I hope both of them continue to keep using Spanish and to continue their studies in it," she said.
Both students were presented with the awards by MISD Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano.
Emily told the audience that she enjoyed learning spanish in a "fun" atmosphere that was also focused and helpful. She said she used her Spanish language skills on recent trips to Mexico, which she visited with her church as part of an effort to build homes, and Guatemala, where as part of a cultural exchange she also worked on a building/construction project.
Nicholas said he had plans to study for a degree in biology or medicine, but neither student had decided on which college or university to attend this fall.