Young woman of the month for May |

Young woman of the month for May

Each month during the school year Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe recognizes seniors at Whittell and South Tahoe high schools for their academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Young Woman of the Month for May is Kristen Kirkland of STHS.

Kirkland, the daughter of Van and Maureen Kirkland of South Lake Tahoe, ranks in the top 4 percent of her class of 350. Her academic success is made even more impressive by the fact that she combined her junior and senior years. She earned a 4.15 grade point average while taking a highly challenging academic course schedule. She scored and impressive 1230 on her Scholastic Aptitude Test. She has received Honor designation on the Golden State exams in geometry, biology, chemistry and Spanish.

Kirkland has been very involved in the STHS leadership program. She was an integral member of the School Site Council, communicating with both staff and parents in determining the direction of the school’s programs.

South Tahoe High School Principal Karen Ellis said, “Kristen’s leadership, honesty and integrity have been invaluable in our associated student body as well as the School Site Council.”

She has worked after school this past year at Dr. Elizabeth Swope’s dental office and as a result has chosen to pursue a career in dental hygiene. She loves working with people and views her career choice as the means of continuing to do this. She plans to attend Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff, Ariz., where she will major in dental hygiene.

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