The first two Students of the Month have been chosen for the new school year by the Alton/Godfrey Rotary Club. Richard Roberts and Tori Qualls are both seniors at Alton High, and are the first two to become eligible for the $5,000 scholarship in this 17th year of the program. Before the end of the year, they will be joined by 16 other students from Alton, Marquette and Mississippi Valley Christian School.
Rotary Club member Tom Juravich says for those students that aspire to being named a Student of the Month or Students of the Year, he suggests developing a well-rounded body of work.
Richard Roberts is the son of Mike and Lisa Roberts of Alton. He is second in his class, is a member of the National Honor Society, andwas selected to membership in Mu Alpha Theta (a mathematics honor society). Roberts is a scholar athlete in swimming, and last year he served on the first qualifying relay team from Alton High to the state finals. His writing has earned him recognition, having been selected for first place in an essay contest sponsored by SIUE as part of the Martin Luther King celebration. After graduating Roberts plans to enroll in college and major in engineering.
Tori Qualls is the daughter of Larry and Tina Qualls of Alton. She ranks at the top of her class and serves as President of Mu Alpha Theta. Qualls was the recipient of the Yale Book Award presented to a student of outstanding character and intellectual promise. She has been a volunteer for the Bucket Brigade, Student Pride and worked on the Spring Fling for Special Needs students. Much of her volunteer work has centered through programs sponsored by the Calvary Baptist Youth group, spending several weeks in Jamaica on a special mission trip. After graduating from Alton High she plans to attend Vanderbilt University and major in engineering.