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Final Foursome Tapped For Student Honors
Two juniors and two seniors were the final honorees of the 2008-2009 school year at Escalon High, selected as the Students of the Month.

Recognized with the honor for May were juniors Rhiannon Goss and Julianne Dismukes, seniors Rosebud Brumley and Kyle Kirkpatrick. All four were invited to a special breakfast meeting of the sponsoring Rotary Club to receive the honor.

Rhiannon Goss was nominated by Dave Mantooth, who described her as a person that can be counted on and one who always does her best. A two-year member of the Interact Club, she earned the honor of Outstanding Interacter this year.

"She took over responsibility for the Interact Blood Drives and did an excellent job for the drive held in December, earning strong praise from the Delta Blood Bank supervisors," Mantooth said. "In addition, she has participated in the Interact trips to Mexicali to install playground equipment, taking on additional responsibilities this year on the trip; been one of our most consistent participants in the weekly recycling project and took on leadership roles in planning activities for Kids In a Box and the Stay-Awake-A-Thon."

Also a member of the Escalon Methodist Church, she helps with the spaghetti dinner and makes pies to sell at Park Fete to raise money for youth camp. She has received academic awards in Humanities and is an honor student.

"I would like to thank God, my mother who shows me true strength every day, my church family, all my supportive teachers and lastly, Mr. Mantooth who has been a great supervisor and allowed me to grow in leadership skills," Goss said.

Julianne Dismukes was nominated by her teacher Mr. King for the Student of the Month honor.

A member of 4-H and vice president of her club, she raises and shows market lambs. She also provides peer assistance in Mr. King's adaptive PE class.

"I would like to thank my family and friends for always being there for me," Dismukes said.

Active in the adapted physical education class at EHS this past school year, King explained that Dismukes worked with one of the class students on a regular basis.

"Julie goes the extra mile each and every day to ensure that the student she works with receives the attention he deserves," King said. "Julie devotes her entire Physical Education period to assisting the specific young man she works with. I find Julie to be an outstanding nominee for Student of the Month. She embodies the morals and values of a Rotarian Student of the Month."

A double nominee, Rosebud Brumley was recommended for the honor by both Jennifer Terpstra and Rusty Fachner.

An FFA member for four years, she served as FFA Vice President, Central Valley Secretary, and earned many awards. She was also in the Sacred Heart Club, participated in varsity golf, cheerleading, swimming and was on the honor roll as well as receiving scholar athlete honors.

"I would like to thank all my teachers, coaches for supporting me in all I do," Brumley said, pointing especially to teachers Fachner and Mr. French for their efforts.

"I could not thank them enough for making my high school years amazing," she said. "Also my parents for all the support they have given me and I appreciate them with my whole heart."

Terpstra described Brumley as a personable student well liked by her peers.

"Rosebud is grounded, and she approaches the world from a very realistic perspective," Terpstra said. "She has a great love for agriculture and an even greater respect for those individuals who are a part of the industry."

Fachner had even more accolades to add.

"Rosebud is a real leader in class, and her thoughts and opinions are well-respected by staff members as well as her peers," he explained. "As the Student Body Vice-President this year, she helped spearhead many endeavors including the CST project and the rewriting of the Escalon High School Constitution.

"She is a quality human being who cares about her school, her community and her fellow students," Fachner said.

Picking up his nomination from counselor Sandy Pendley, Kirkpatrick was described as a "team player and an asset" to EHS.

"He has been involved in various sports, club and fundraisers, takes rigorous courses and maintains a 2.96 GPA," Pendley noted. "However, I feel that Kyle's greatest accomplishment while in high school has been the innovative way in which he has brought change to Escalon High."

Serving as the 'Be the Change' club officer, he helped bring in bands as a tool to cultivate school unity.

"During lunch the bands have played for our students, and as a result this has fostered tolerance, and friendship," Pendley said. "Students have enjoyed this, and I have witnessed students who would generally not feel included, be included."

Pendley also said Kirkpatrick dealt very maturely with his father's battle with cancer.

"Through this trial he has shown true character," she said.

Through the years at EHS, Kirkpatrick has participated in football, wrestling, cross country and track. He was involved in Be The Change and, through his booking company, has organized several benefit shows to raise money for those in need. He plans to attend the Music Industry Studies program at CSU Northridge and hopes to get a law degree someday.

"I would like to thank my parents, Mrs. Tirre, Mrs. Pendley, Mr. Goldstein and Mr. Fachner for their support," Kirkpatrick said. "And my friends, I don't know where I would be without them."