Katie O’Connor, a senior at Cedarburg High School, is the first recipient of the Student of the Month program recently launched by the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary. She was honored at the club’s weekly lunch meeting on Nov. 3 at the Peter Wollner American Legion Post in Cedarburg.
 
The program recognizes students from Cedarburg and Grafton High School who demonstrate hard work through school, employment or other activities, according to Melissa Wraalstad, club president. They must show a strong dedication to community service or have made a meaningful or lasting contribution to their community.
 
In selecting O’Connor, Cedarburg High School Principal Casey Bowe said she is one of the “most involved students” at CHS. She is a member of the AFS Club, Best Buddies Club, Drama Club, FCA, French Club, REDgen and the tennis team. She is also a gifted singer and was one of only 16 from across the state to be accepted into the All-State Vocal Jazz Choir this year. She performs with the Acapella and Bella Voce Choirs at CHS and has been cast as a principal role in the CHS musical for the past two years.
 
“Katie is a leader in our school. She holds herself to extremely high standards, supports her peers, works incredibly hard, and is respectful, kind, and humble,” Bowe said.
 
The award will be given monthly, alternating between Cedarburg and Grafton High Schools. The students receive a $50 chamber gift check for their own use, and a $50 donation is made in their name to a charity of their choice. 
 
O’Connor selected Family Sharing of Ozaukee County as her designated charity.