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Soroptimists honor DHS students

by Jody Laxague

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley honored three Douglas High School seniors at a recent luncheon meeting.

The students were recognized for their school and community citizenship and recognized as outstanding individuals.

Julie Robison received a $700 award as first-place winner. She will now be considered at regional level.

Julie has been involved in the community as a long-time volunteer at the Douglas County Public Library. She has also worked in the Gardnerville Elementary School intern program and as University of Nevada, Reno Summer of Discovery volunteer.

She works two afternoons a week at an adult care facility. Her leadership and dedication at school are evident in her involvement as Associated Student Body secretary, president of the Drama Club, captain of cheerleaders and co-captain of dance line. She is a member of speech and debate, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Science Club, PALS and SAVE.

Through these activities, she has been involved in such activities as blood drives, giving tours, raising food for the food closet and even selling soda. Julie plans to attend the University of Nevada, Reno and major in speech communication.

Rebecca Rippee was recognized as second-place winner and given a $600 award. Rebecca demonstrates strong citizenship involvement in the community through work in Douglas County recreation department program as youth coach, tutoring in the community and serving as a lector in her church. Rebecca also feels her most important contributions to her school have been in the field of athletics, where, as a senior captain of the volleyball team, she led her team to achieve their goal of state champions.

In spite of many hours in practice, Rebecca has also served as ASB treasurer and has been on Academic Team, and in National Honor Society, science Club and FBLA. Recommendation letters from her teachers point out not only her dedication, but also that she is literally a top student currently tied for number one in her class. Rebecca would like to become a pediatrician.

Third place award winner of $200 was Linzy Doherty. She has had long-time community involvement through 4-H activities. Her services include working on blood drives, canned food drives and fund-raisers for organizations like 4-H and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

At school, Linzy is involved in student council, volleyball and basketball. She is also active in school clubs including Science Club, FBLA, FFA and National Honor Society. She currently holds the office of senior class vice president. Linzy plans to study to become a physical therapist.

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