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Soroptimist names Young Women of the Month award winners

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Every month during the school year Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe honors seniors at South Tahoe and Whittell high schools as Young Women of the Month.

The recipient for October is Kristen Burrell of South Tahoe High School. The daughter of Robert and Rene Burrell of South Lake Tahoe, she is ranked second in her class with a GPA of 4.82 and is in contention for the STHS valedictorian honor. She has never received any grade less than “A” during her entire high school career and has received a perfect score in every advanced placement exam she has taken. She is on the high school varsity volleyball team and participated on the swim team last year. She is also a member of the “S” Club and is editor of the yearbook. She has played trumpet since the third grade and has been in the advanced wind ensemble and jazz band for two years. She wants to become a psychologist or a physician and has applied to Stanford, Duke, Cornell and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Diego and Davis.

The selection for November is Kelly Humphreys of South Tahoe High School. The daughter of Steve and Kathy Humphreys of South Lake Tahoe, she is ranked third in her class with a grade point average of 4.33. In addition to her scholastic success, she is a gifted pianist and plays the piano on two worship teams at Sierra Community Church. She has been swimming on the South Tahoe Swim Team for three years and also enjoys bike riding. She had to stop playing soccer after 13 years due to a fractured hip and dislocated jaw. She volunteers at the Barton Skilled Nursing Facility four days a week, where she talks with residents who don’t have other visitors and are experiencing various difficulties. She has a very strong faith in God and credits him with changing her life and giving her patience to achieve what she has. She has applied to the University of California, Davis, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Berkeley and plans to major in a healthcare-related field.

The selections for December are Lorin Kline of Whittell High School and Alyssa Reilly of South Tahoe High.

Kline is ranked No. 1 in her graduating class. The daughter of Steven and Julie Kline of Stateline, she maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking all the honor’s classes. She is a recipient of the Silver State 100 Award. She is president of Key Club and is one of the star members of the Speech and Debate Team. She expresses her creativity in dance classes and by playing the piano. She also plays the clarinet and is first chair in the Honor’s Band and sings and performs in the Black and White Choir. She played volleyball her first three years at Whittell and competed with the track team last year. She was on Danceline her first two years, ran cross country this year and continues to compete with the ski team. She plans to attend law or medical school and is considering universities such as Stanford, Washington University in St. Louis and Rice University.

Reilly, the daughter of Larry and Michelle Reilly of South Lake Tahoe, maintains a GPA of 3.85. Her favorite subject is biology and she would like to further this interest by going to medical school and pursuing a career in neurobiology or neurology. She has applied to Santa Clara University and University of California, Santa Barbara and San Diego campuses. Her desire to learn more about the field resulted from receiving a head injury while playing soccer. She has played club soccer for several years and has participated on the high school team for four years. She is an outstanding pianist and became enthralled with music when she was young and started attending music festivals. She has scored superior ratings in music for five years. She has been in Leadership for four years, is senior class president, was sophomore class treasurer and is a member of “S” Club.The recipients for January are Pilar Maga-a of South Tahoe High School and Alyson Van Duesen of Whittell High School.

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Maga-a, the daughter of Sebastian and Patty Maga-a of South Lake Tahoe, ranks 15th in her class with a 4.12 grade point average. She has studied clarinet for six years and tackled a difficult subject in learning to play the piano for her senior project. She has played soccer for 12 years, participated on the STHS volleyball team for four years and is a snowboarder. Maga-a also volunteers her time with the “S” Club is a SMILE counselor and an AVID tutor. She has high academic standards and a keen social conscience. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration or international relations. She has already been accepted to the University of Oregon, Eugene and is awaiting word from the University of California campus at Santa Barbara, Davis and Los Angeles as well as California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

Van Duesen is the daughter of James and Rhonda Van Deusen of Zephyr Cove. She is ranked sixth in her class and carries a GPA of 3.9 and has been on the honor roll all four years. While following a heavy academic schedule with honor’s classes, she has been a cheerleader all four years and captain for two. She participated in the Danceline her freshman year and ran the long distance events for the track team the past three years, receiving the Most Valuable Runner award with the cross country team this year. She is actively involved in Key Club and speech and debate, participated in the Presidential Classroom and is pioneering an Internet A.P. class. She was selected as The Outstanding Student of 2002 by the faculty at Whittell. She has been an assistant for three years with both a Brownie and Girls Scout troop and a teacher’s assistant for dance classes at Dance Vision. She plans to attend American University to major in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science to prepare herself for a career as a journalist. She is the teen correspondent for KMTN and a reporter for the Whittell High School newspaper.