MARYSVILLE – James Hollis and KeAnna Moon, seniors at Mountain View Arts and Tech High School, have been named the Boy and Girl of the Month by the local Kiwanis and Soroptimist clubs.
Moon, the valedictorian with a 3.9 grade point average, has been active in Associated Study Body, being the class president the last three years and vice president as a freshman. She has organized numerous fund-raisers and helped plan the prom. As a member of DECA she has worked in the student store and some dances.
She also works at a real paid job – at the Dairy Queen on 4th in Marysville.
For community service, Moon has helped at the fall social at Sunnyside Elementary School the past two years. Moon also is a tutor with AVID; right now she is helping sophomores put together their resumes.
She said when she first entered high school she didn’t like working in groups. But now she’s learned to “live with it, like it or not.” Her advice for other students, don’t be afraid to “put yourself out there more.” Moon plans to attend Everett Community College for two years, then transfer to a four-year college with a major in psychology. “I’d like to help people and become a psychologist,” she said.
Hollis first got into robotics at Cedarcrest Middle School in the sixth grade, and his interest has taken off from there. He has been involved in building bigger and bigger bots each year, and this year is vice president of the team. In the fall he was named Student of the Quarter for Elec-tronics Engin-eering at the Sno-Isle Skill Center. He is in his second year there. He also is in his second year as a Running Start student at EvCC. He has a 4.0 gpa in classes there, including Japanese. He plans to finish up is AA degree there then transfer to Western or the University of Washington. He wants to be an electronics engineer. For community service he has twice volunteered to be a mentor at local Neobot Summer Camps. He’s also been or will be involved at showing off school bots in schools visits and parades.
Hollis said he’s also been involved in student leadership and as a mentor, along with fundraisers, especially related to the robotics team.
As for his advice to others, “It’s possible to succeed. Just play to your strengths.”