ALTON — Ben Moyer of Alton High School and Thomas Morrissey of Marquette Catholic High School were honored as Students of the Month for February by the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club at the club’s regular meeting Feb. 15 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 Student of the Month during the school year. This is the 19th year of the program and 335 students have been recipients of this honor since the program was initiated.
Thomas Morrissey is the son of Tom and Patty Morrissey of Alton. He is an officer in the National Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. He has been active in many extracurricular activities including the Scholar Bowl and Worldwide Youth in Engineering. He received the University of Missouri St. Louis Excellence in Science Award and first place in Washington University’s Physics Mechanics Division. Morrissey has been on the Student Council for three years and participated in the St. Baldrick’s fight against cancer. He has served as co-captain of the tennis team and been a member of the soccer team for four years.
Morrissey has been committed to community service at Marquette. For the past two years he has served on the RiverBend Growth Association’s Youth Committee, which serves five local nonprofits through service and fundraising. He has been a volunteer for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in monitoring the Black Creek stream for the past five years. He also has served as a junior board member of the National Great Rivers Trust.
Morrissey plans to study chemical and molecular engineering.
Ben Moyer is the son of Donald and Joette Moyer of Alton. He has consistently earned a place on high honor roll at Alton High School and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has been a member of the Student Council for four years and has been very active in student organizations that include Mu Alpha Theta, the Biology and Physics Clubs and the Red Bird Nest.
Moyer was a founding member of the Alton High Trap team, of which he serves as team captain, and he has excelled at that activity, earning national and state rankings and recognition for his excellence in trap, skeet and sporting clays. He earned additional recognition in this activity by being selected to the National Rifle Association All Scholastic team. He has been very active in community service activities and has been a participant in a number of Rotary service projects.
Moyer has been nominated by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost for an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club President Elizabeth Parker presented each of the students with a plaque recognizing their selection to this honor.