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.
“The state presidency has taught me several things: how to communicate effectively, stay organized, understand that I represent so much more than myself,” he wrote in his Rotary application.
Powers was a senator for Norman High Student Congress and president and secretary of his Orthodox Christian teen group for the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. He has been a member and officer of the Key Club and Young Republicans and member of the Teen Advisors of Norman.
Additionally, he has been involved in the Norman Youth Council, Link Crew, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rotary Interact, Spanish Club, choir, environmental science club, homecoming court, honor roll, the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.
He works part-time at Sooner Bowling Center and volunteers at Safety Town each summer. Powers is considering William & Mary, the University of Oklahoma, Washington & Lee, Kansas State University, the University of Mississippi and Oklahoma State University.
The Norman Rotary Club, Norman’s oldest civic organization, was chartered in 1919. It meets at noon each Thursday at the First Christian Church.
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