The Bonners Ferry High School teachers and administration selected Sara Owinyo and Juan Ortiz-Perez as the Rotary Students of the Month for April.  Their selection is based on academic achievement and their commitment and contributions to their community, school and family. They have also demonstrated the characteristics of the Rotary Club’s “4-Way Test”. Is It The Truth? Is It Fair To All Concerned? Will It Build Goodwill And Better Friendships? Will It Be Beneficial To All Concerned?

Sara, the daughter of Debi Owinyo is headed to The Master’s College in Santa Clarita (Los Angeles) to pursue her career goals to teach music and languages and to sing professionally. Her music career has included a wide variety of talent and experience – 2011 qualifier for Vocal State solo competition, 9-year member of the Bonners Ferry Children’s Choir, singer in the Idaho All-State Treble Choirs and the All-Northwest Treble Choir in 2008-2010, and singing at community events such as the Shriners and Masonic organization meetings, domestic violence dinners, holiday events, civil rights programs, community fundraisers and the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club. 

She has been an Earth Day Fair volunteer, won the Junior Miss competition last year and is very active in her church. She is a member of the BFHS honor choir, symphonic and pep bands, active in varsity cross country where she ranked 17th in Idaho State for 3A women’s cross country races, and has performed in 10 high school youth theater productions. She also is employed at Gabby Goose Day Care, which according to Sara is perfect because she enjoys interacting with children. 

Sara was named the BFHS Class of 2011 Valedictorian. The BF Rotary Club also selected her as the recipient of the 2011-2012 Amy Farrell Scholarship.

Juan is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Zacarias Ortiz and has plans to attend the University of Idaho to pursue his goal of becoming a mechanical engineer. His mechanical genius is harbored in his love for robotics and anything else mechanical. He has been involved in FIRST Robotics in high school for four years. During the first three years, he handled such jobs as pit crew chief during competition and repaired robots if they broke down or were damaged. During his senior year, he did more CAD design and manufacturing and was also elected the Team Captain.

Juan is especially proud of the team’s win in Portland last year that allowed them to compete in nationals where they were matched against some of the best teams in the country and nearly won the competition. He is also proud about learning how to use the Auto CAD Inventor, having to teach himself how to use it. During high school, Juan has worked in a tree farm operation and at Elk Mountain Farms where he trained hops plants and worked there during the harvest season.

When asked why he should be selected for Bonners Ferry Rotary Student of the Month, Juan replied, “I work hard to achieve my goals…. and I will be the first one of my family to go to college. In fact, I will be the first person in my family to graduate from high school.” In addition, he stated that he always keeps a good attitude and has been recognized for that.

Congratulations to Sara and Juan for being selected Bonners Ferry Rotary Students of the Month for April. 


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Sara Owinyo, Don Bartling, Juan Ortiz-Perez