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Lyssa McClennan of Alton High School and Kelsey Walsh of Marquette Catholic High School were honored by the Alton/Godfrey Club as Students of the Month for March at the club’s regular meeting at the Alton Sports Tap Banquet Center on March 10.
The Alton/Godfrey Rotary Club initiated the program to honor the accomplishments of area youth. Individuals selected must be seniors at Alton, Marquette Catholic, or Mississippi Valley Christian high schools and are chosen on the basis of outstanding scholarship and participation in school and community service activities.
Students selected for this honor are recognized and presented with an award at a Rotary Cub meeting and are eligible to compete for a $5,000 scholarship which will be presented to one of the Students of the Month during the school year. This is the 16th year of the program and 303 students have been recipients of the honor.
Lyssa McClennan is the daughter of Johnny McLennan and Janice Counts of Alton. A senior at Alton High, McClennan’s focus has been on her studies and participating in the Alton High vocal music program. She has been a member of the Concert Choir and has participated in and achieved superior ratings in state IMEA Concert Choir, solo, and ensemble vocal music competition earning superior ratings.
She is a member of Encounter, a Christian singing and touring group, and performs before many community groups.
She has been committed to community service by volunteering at nursing homes and serving as host to a German exchange student. Lyssa plans to attend Millikin University majoring in vocal performance; her ultimate goal is performing in the opera.
Kelsey Walsh is the daughter of Tom and Deb Walsh of Alton. She has consistently earned a place on the school’s high honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is cheerleading captain and member of the Explorers girls soccer team. She is a member of the Student Council and is serving as secretary of that group. She also is a member of the Tidalwaves swimming group.
Walsh is editor of the yearbook, serves as a Student Ambassador, is a member of the Spanish Club and is active within the Campus Ministry. Consistent with Marquette’s student volunteer service program, Walsh has contributed more than 600 hours of community volunteer activities. She plans to attend Bradley or Saint Louis University and major in nursing
Gail Weinrich, president of the Alton/Godfrey Rotary Club, presented each of the students with a plaque recognizing their selection to this honor.