MARYVILLE, Missouri — The Maryville Rotary Club honored Maryville High School students Ava Wilmes and Carson Kempf as April Students of the Month at its April 20 meeting at the Maryville Community Center.
Both students received a $100 scholarship check and certificate in recognition of their outstanding leadership and exemplary service to the community of Maryville and beyond through high school activities and study. .
The certificate recognizes students “for placing service above self while helping to bring community members and their peers together to provide humanitarian service and advance goodwill and world peace” .
Wilmes and Kempf will also have the opportunity to apply for one of the two largest club-sponsored scholarships at the end of the school year.
Wilmes is the daughter of Josh and Rachelle Wilmes. Her siblings are Josie and Tucker Wilmes.
“My nomination is for Ava Wilmes. She is an outstanding role model for 108 students and a great mentor to her peers,” according to her nomination form. “She regularly attends after-school Spanish lessons with them. I don’t know what I would do without her.
Wilmes kept busy at school, participating in the speech and debate team, Spectrum Choir, piano solos at music competitions, MHS productions of Legally Blonde and Elf, National History Day activities and peer mentoring.
Within the community, she has volunteered in special education in Spanish; works at Hy-Vee in the product department; helps special education students with Spoofy Beans and Spoofy Spot with catering and various craft fairs.
After graduation, Wilmes plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University and major in special education with an emphasis on grades 6-12.
“Work hard and do great things pursuing what you love” is his personal philosophy of life.
Kempf is the son of Mark and Michelle Kempf. His siblings are Peter and Maggie Kempf.
“(Carson) has enrolled in challenging classes and cares about learning the material, not just ‘doing it,'” according to his nomination form. “Carson is involved and active in the National Honor Society and tennis. He is reliable and trustworthy.
“(Carson is a) very strong student who will graduate with top honors. (He is) involved in several MHS sports and organizations and represents MHS well in all that he does.
He has been involved in the following school sports and organizations: Tennis, Robotics, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball Club, National Honor Society, Octagon Club and International Club.
Within the community, he has helped at St. Gregory’s; has volunteered at the Ministry Center and the New Nodaway Humane Society.
After graduation, Kempf plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology to major in computer science.
“Everything happens for a reason” is his personal philosophy on life.