The Burney Lions Club honored four Burney Junior/Senior High School students as Student of the Month at the Burney Lions Hall Thursday evening October 20.
Each month the Burney Lions Club holds a dinner to recognize one 8th grader and one 12th grader for their outstanding academic performance and school and community involvement.
The September Students of the Month were Megan Arsenau for 12th grade and Cade Harner for 8th grade. Students of the Month for October were 12th grader Paige Smith and 8th grader Francie Ferguson.
Each of the students was introduced by BHS Principal Ray Guerrero and presented with a certificate of award and a check by 1st Lion Vice-President Daryl Hovis. The 8th grade honorees received $50 and 12th grade honorees were awarded $100 for their achievement.
Megan Arsenau, 12th grade Student of the Month for September, could not attend because she was busy competing in a volleyball game. She will receive her award at a later date.
The 8th grade Student of the Month for September, Cade Harner has maintained a 4.0 grade point. He is active in 4H and plays Pop Warner Football. His interests include football, fishing, hunting and taking care of his pets. He is looking forward to catching a catfish. In the future he would like to become an orthodontist. He is good at math, running, and nature photography.
The 8th grade student of the month Francie Ferguson has also maintained a 4.0 grade point. She is active in Burney 4H, Hat Creek Youth Group. Evangelical Free Church Youth Group, and Club Live. She plays volleyball and basketball. She also enjoys photography, art, and adventuring. She is good at showing sheep.
Francie is known for her great sense of humor, Everyone laughed when Principal Guerrero asked her to explain to him what Pinterest is. Finding new ideas on Pinterest is something she likes to do in her spare time.
Francie wants to learn to surf and also to learn the “Parent Trap” handshake. In the future she would like to find P. Sherman 42 Way in Sydney, Australia.
The 12th Grade Student of the Month for October, Paige Smith has a 3.90 grade point average. She is the Senior Class President. She is also President of the Interact Club and the school Soroptomist Club. She is the Coordinator for the Peer Mentoring Program and the cheerleading captain. In addition, she is a member of the Leo’s Club and Friday Night Live.
Paige works as a waitress for Anna’s Country Kitchen and loves singing, dancing, swimming and spending time with her family. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her friends.
She hopes to be able to travel to Spain to reconnect with her friend Paula who was a foreign exchange student in Burney. She plans to attend Northern Arizona State University after graduation and get her teaching credentials.
Each of the students gave a short talk after receiving their award. Many family members attended and several also made brief comments.
Lion Larry Hawthorne prepared the delicious spaghetti dinner with the help of several fellow Lions, and the dinner was served by members of the Leos Club.