Two outstanding students from Bonners Ferry High School were selected by the teachers and administrators as January 2011 Students of the Month.

Mariah Jantz
, the daughter of Tim and Tina Jantz, was named the senior girl Rotary Student of the Month. Mariah has been a waitress at the 3-Mile Cafe during her 4 years of high school. Her mother is also the manager of the store. An active student in high school, Mariah has been a cheerleader for all 4 years, as well as on the High School Student Council, the Pep Club and she is a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, she also works with children in 4-H after school has ended for the day.  Mariah feels that she was selected for this honor because she is hard working, involved with many activities in high school and the community and is a very positive person.  She plans to attend college with a career goal of becoming a 4th grade elementary school teacher.

Austin Skeen, the son of Clain and Teresa Skeen and the grandson of Murleen Skeen, hospitality manager at the Kootenai River Inn, was selected as the senior boy Rotary Student of the Month.  Austin, who wants to attend Boise State and become a Pharmacist, is currently employed as a maintenance worker at 3-mile Corner. He also works for a maintenance company that cleans the Porthill and Eastport Border Stations. His primary focus in school is football. He describes his most memorable achievement as "making it to playoffs this year and beating Priest River at our homecoming game."  To his credit, Austin is also a member of the National Honor Society.  In the community, he helped re-side the Copeland Hall and has helped the elderly in his Porthill neighborhood.  Austin feels that he was selected for this honor because he is a committed individual, he maintains good grades, and helps others maintain good grades as well. And as he so eloquently described in his application, "I enjoy helping out my community just as it has helped me grow to the young man I am today."

Congratulations to Mariah and Austin for this well deserved recognition.


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