Canton Rotary Club Hosts Special Guests: Students of The Month and District Governor
Thursday September 20, 2018, Canton Rotary Club honored Canton high school and junior high students of the month. High school Counselor Susie Dorman introduced Piper Beasley and Cameron Sullivan. Principal Wes Rhoten introduced Junior high students Avery Russell and Jaxon Rhyne. Principal Rhoten said of the two 8th graders, that Avery and Jaxon “have much in common” as they are “solid leaders for our campus”, “A-students”, “love the outdoors”, and “move the campus in a positive direction.”
After introductions, each student had an opportunity to speak. They started out by sharing their parents’ names and occupations, and concluded with their interests, activities, and dreams.
Meet the Students
Piper Beasley is a homecoming nominee. She is involved in school cheer, and is the senior captain. Cheer is clearly a passion of Piper’s, as she has been involved in competitive cheer since the age of 5. She is also active in the Leo Club, and in student leadership. Though Piper is not yet set on which college to attend, University of Texas being a possibility, she has great dreams. Her goal is to get her bachelor’s degree in biology with a pre-med emphasis, to ultimately be a doctor.
Cameron Sullivan is very involved in athletics. He plays football, baseball, and basketball, as well as runs track. He is involved in UIL (Universal Interscholastic League) and the Spanish and chess clubs. He’s not quite sure of his major at this point, but mentioned an interested in both Texas A&M and University of Texas.
Avery Russell is involved in cheer and athletics. She plays softball, volleyball, basketball and track. She is uncertain as to a future career direction, but knows she would like to play softball in college. This past summer she attended summer camp through her church, Lakeside Baptist Church. The camp was held on the campus of East Texas Baptist University. This experience with the campus has made it a contender in the quest for a school of choice.
After Jaxon Rhyne shared who his parents are and what they do, he told a short story. He said that his mom tells him something every day when she drops him off at school. She tells him to remember who you represent, and to speak life into people. His stunning declaration is that he represents God and family. Jaxon is involved in athletics. He plays baseball, football and basketball.
This writer had the pleasure of sitting with Principal Rhoten, Jaxon, Avery, and their families during lunch, as well as talk to Counselor Dorman after the event. The pride and joy the families, principal, and counselor have for these students is evident. After hearing all four of them speak, it is clear that these students have an excellent foundation, and are poised to contribute great things to this world.
Rotary District Governor Inspires
After hearing from the students, Rotarian Tina Brumlow, introduced Barbara Turner, Rotary District Assistant Governor. Ms Turner then introduced Rotary District Governor Judy Guthrie. Ms. Guthrie gave a fascinating speech on how different Rotary is today than from its origins, as well as how it needs to keep changing to represent the generation in which it lives. A very diverse group makes up Rotary today. Membership is represented by all walks of life. Gender and ethnic limitations no longer exist. So too have professional limitations been removed. It is a world-wide network that reaches far and wide in its service to human need, and engages in action-based problem-solving, to make the world a better place. With a moto of “Service above self”, it is the element of service that links diverse people as neighbors and friends.
Canton Rotarians provided a tasty lunch of baked potato bar with all the fixin’s, and salad. They meet every Thursday at The Bunker for lunch at noon, in the Van Zandt Country Club.
Susan Skommesa is a freelance writer and editor with The Northeast Texan. Her many interests include studying Biblical and Paleo-Hebrew, renovating houses, all things health and nutrition, knitting, homesteading, and teaching and writing on topics of faith, gardening, pets, chickens, and human interest.