A high school student from Clermont Northeastern High School is honored at the first Batavia Rotary Club meeting of each month during the school year.
These students live their lives in a manner that exemplifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” Ashley Gilkerson was honored as the club’s “Student of the Month” for March 2010.
"Ashley is one of the many examples of CNE's continuing group of student leaders who are committed to their family, school, and community, as demonstrated by their commitment and leadership in the classroom and outside the classroom," Matt Early, CNE High School Principal said.
Gilkerson is a senior at CNE High School and currently serves as treasurer of the National Honor Society chapter at CNE.
While attending CNE, she has been very active in a multitude of activities. She has served as a freshman mentor and tutored younger CNE students. She is currently completing the Look to Clermont 20/20 leadership program for high school students.
Gilkerson also was a member of the CNE girls varsity soccer team and served as team captain this past season. She was also chosen a SBAAC player of the year. Additionally, she has participated on the cross country team and the dance team.
While at CNE she has taken all the advanced placement classes the CNE offers and is in the top 5 percent of her class.
In addition to her school activities, Gilkerson works two part-time jobs and has volunteered of 200 hours of service time at once of her favorite institutions, the YMCA's Camp Ernst.
Gilkerson has been accepted into Ohio University's EW Scripps School of Journalism, where she plans on pursuing a degree in Public Relations with a specialization in International Social Work.
She has plans on taking a mission trip to Africa or Haiti before heading off to college this fall.
The Batavia Rotary Club is comprised of a diverse group of community-minded members from Batavia and the surrounding areas that are working together to address various community and international needs and to promote peace and understanding throughout the world.
Batavia Rotary Club meetings are held every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the Hawk Building on Taylor Road, Clermont County Airport. Prospective new members and visiting Rotarians are always welcome. Please visit www.batavia-rotary.org.