Rotarian Mimi Palen-Clare, with the Rotary Club of Eagan and chair for the Student of the Month Awards 2022 proudly announces the Eagan High School Students for winter months.  From left, Mimi Palen-Clare, Kyra Lopez for December, Arlan Hegenbarth for January, and Catrina Pereda for February.  Students were recognized for successes in academics, sports and the arts and the Rotary character traits of honesty, respect for others and giving back to their community through their volunteer activities.
Rotary Club of Eagan recognized three Eagan High School students Kyra Lopez, Arlan Hegenbarth and Catrina Pereda for their volunteer, academic and artistic accomplishments. A monthly selection process by teachers and counselors throughout the school year identifies students showing excellence and leadership in school and in the community.
“We admire these students who are leaders in many ways at Eagan High School. As Rotarians we recite the four-way test to focus on truth, fairness and acting for the greater good,” said Mimi Palen-Clare, president of Executive Growth Advisors and chair of Student of the Month committee. “They will be fine examples of these values as they travel elsewhere for post-secondary school and work.”  
Kyra Lopez was designated as December Student of the Month.  She is a board member for the Interact Club and member of the National Honor Society.  In participation with both clubs, she gave over 40 hours of service to her school and community.  Lopez‘s favorite volunteer effort was one she championed and organized, the cleanup effort along Diffley Road with 35 other students.  Her volunteer work with children in her church was rewarding and strengthened her own faith. As the youth group president, she valued the Aid to Humanity project that brings support to individuals in West St. Paul.  Lopez is involved with track and field activities, president of Youth Ambassadors, founder of the Asian Culture Club, a Link leader and recipient of the Difference Maker Award.  She plans to attend college in California, either the University of California- Los Angeles or the University of Southern California. 
 
For the month of January, Arlan Hegenbarth was selected as an outstanding volunteer with peer tutoring in a variety of subjects.  With the Youth Ski League, he taught young people to ski and enjoy the out-of-doors, which he recognized as his most rewarding volunteer experience. He is a math instructor with Mathnasium, captain of the cross-county team, on the Nordic ski team and involved with track and field.  Hegenbarth plays with the Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Varsity Marching Band. He is acknowledged as a National Merit Semi-Finalist and recipient of the Excel Award for his success in academics and the community, and the Triple A- Award for academics, art, and athletic accomplishments. Hegenbarth plans to study mathematics and data science.
 
Catrina Pereda was the Rotary Student of the Month for February.  She has volunteered as a Peer Tutor for the subjects of History, Spanish and English.  She also assisted the band department and led the Marching Band during this school year.  Pereda is part of student government, a teacher’s assistant, Link Leader and active in Spanish and Interact Clubs.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society.  In sports, Pereda is on the hockey team, and in track and field competing in shot put and discus.  After high school she plans to study neuroscience and psychology.  Her time management skills have helped her take on multiple activities.
 
The Rotary Club of Eagan was founded in 1987 and is affiliated with Rotary International.  The club has 58 members. The Rotary Club of Eagan President Erica Hollom is director of individual giving and special events with the Angel Foundation.  The Rotary motto is “Service above Self” and guided by the Rotary Four Way Test. Details can be found at eaganrotary.org.