NORMAN — Elise N. Base, of Norman North High School, and Peyton M. Powers, of Norman High School, have been named December students of the month by the Norman Rotary Club.
The two seniors attend the club’s weekly meetings and are eligible for a year-end scholarship.
Base is the daughter of Dusty and Elizabeth Base. She has a 4.0 grade point average and plans to attend Kansas University. Her community involvement includes Assisteens of Norman, Interact Club, Parkinson’s Disease Club of Norman North and the National Honor Society.
She is active in cross country, track and field, and soccer. Base placed third in the state meet in 2010 and fifth in the same meet in 2011. Her cross country team placed first in academics in 2010 and fifth overall.
Base has worked for Mitchell’s Jewelry, participated in 5K charity runs and walks, organized a powderpuff football tournament at Norman North and volunteered at Operation School Bell and the May Fair.
As Norman North’s Interact president, Base has been involved in Stuff the Bus, executive board, Bueno Brunch and Secret Santa shopping. She listed her leadership with the annual Stuff the Bus project as the activity that makes her most proud. The project gathers school supplies for Norman children who cannot afford them.
“I was so anxious about talking in front of my peers that first meeting, but after a bit of stammering and tripping over my own words, by the end of the meeting, I had a newfound confidence in which I had never had before,” she wrote in her application. “As the summer progressed, I became even more comfortable with talking to larger groups of people as I recruited more and more people to come to the meetings and help with the cause.”
Powers, the son of Michael and Katy Powers, has a 3.93 grade point average. He is most proud of being elected president of the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils. He has attended the organization’s basic and advanced leadership workshops and attended the National Association of Student Councils conference.