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April 13, 2014

Rotary announces Students of the Month

NORMAN — Norman North senior Anna Lee Painter and Norman High senior Marita Ellis have been named April Students of the Month by the Norman Rotary Club.

The two attend the club’s weekly luncheon meetings and are eligible for a year-end scholarship.

Ellis, the daughter of Cynthia Rogers and Stephen Ellis, carries a 4.0 grade point average at NHS. She lists forensics as the activity that she is most proud of in high school. She began in speech and debate and now serves as secretary for the school’s National Forensics League branch.

“My hard work did pay off. Junior year I was the first alternate to the state tournament in poetry and I was the first alternate to the national tournament in congressional debate,” she wrote in her application. “This year, as a senior, I hope to be an inspiration for the underclassmen and help them as much as possible.”

Besides speech and debate, Ellis is involved in chorus, Mu Alpha Theta, the Gay-Straight Alliance, Key Club, the Academic Team and the NHS musical. She was a freshman soccer player and is involved with competitive acting plays and worked on costumes for student productions.

Ellis works part-time at a local restaurant and is involved in Norman’s Youth Council. She is considering attending the University of Oklahoma, the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Rice University, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pennsylvania.

Painter, the daughter of Edd and Mary Painter, carries a 4.0 grade point average at Norman North. She was selected as the student council SPUD week chair.

“This is one week where we raise money through numerous events where the entire school gets involved,” Painter wrote in her application. “My role was planning and coordinating events, getting sponsors, leading SPUD committee and many other things.”

The money went to two needy families.

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