ALTON — Nicholas Cauley of Alton High School and Katherine Gierer of Marquette Catholic High School were honored as Students of the Month for December by the Alton/Godfrey Rotary Club at the club’s regular meeting Dec. 14 at the Banquet Center Alton Sports Tap.
Students selected for this honor are recognized and presented with an award at a Rotary Club meeting and are eligible to compete for a $6,000 scholarship that will be presented to one of the students honored as a Student of the Month during the school year. This is the 19th year of the program and 331 students have been recipients of this honor since the program was initiated.
Nicholas Cauley is the son of Rebecca Cauley of Alton. He has consistently achieved a place on the High Honor Roll and is currently a member of the National Honor Society. He has been a member of the Student Council for four years and serves as treasurer of that organization. He is a member of the Principal’s Advisory Committee and active in the many school service projects. Cauley has worked with youth through his part-time employment with the Alton Parks and Recreation Department. Cauley has been a member of the Redbird soccer and baseball teams.
Baseball has been his game and he recently signed a letter of intent to attend Northwestern University and play baseball for the Wildcats. While attending Northwestern, he plans to major in the biological sciences and ultimately hopes to attend medical school.
Katherine Gierer is the daughter of Joseph and Mary Gierer of Glen Carbon. She is serving as vice president of Marquette’s chapter of the National Honor Society as well as a four-year member of the volleyball team. She has participated in many Marquette activities such as acting in “Footloose: The Musical” in 2014, competing with the WYSE team for the past two years, and being a member of the Campus Ministry and Spanish Club.
Her previous service experiences include volunteering at St. Mary’s Edwardsville Vacation Bible School, Children’s Liturgy of the Word and National Honor Society Projects.
Elizabeth Parker, president of the Alton/Godfrey Rotary Club, presented the students with a plaque recognizing their selection to this honor.