In October of 2022, the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton began recognizing deserving high school students
in our communities with the Student of the Month award.
 
The program recognizes students from Cedarburg and Grafton High School who demonstrate hard work through school, employment, or other activities. They must show a strong dedication to community service or have made a meaningful or lasting contribution to their community. Students are selected each month by the school and recognized at a Rotary lunch. 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. 
 
Our April student of the month Trevor Nauta, a senior at Grafton High School, was described by Superintendent Jeff Nelson as a great student and a leader in academics, athletics, and service at GHS and across the state. Trevor has an impressive list of high school accomplishments, most notably his involvement in the school’s LEO Club, which is the youth version of The Lions and focuses on service in the school and community. He has been the club president for 2 years and is currently serving as district Leo liaison. He was also instrumental in bringing the LEO program to the middle school and growing its membership from 20 to 75 students. 

Trevor also helped to collect around 500 toys in the Kids2Kids Toy Drive this past year as part of the Kapco Enterprises Student Leadership Team. Fueling his interest in government, he has participated in programs like Badgers Boys State, Ozaukee County Youth Government Day, and the Wisconsin State Senate Scholar program. 

Trevor said he plans to pursue a degree in Finance and Political Science at a 4-year university, yet to be decided.  “My goal,” he said, “is to remain actively engaged in my community and eventually serve in an elected office to give back to the place that has given me so much.” 

Trevor chose to donate his $50 Rotary award to the Grafton Education Foundation in support of the many teachers who have supported him. Click here to watch Trevor's presentation. 

Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Trevor Nauta, Grafton School District Superintendent and club member Jeff Nelson, and Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei.  Photo Credit: Gail Ostermann.
Smart, talented, dedicated and driven. That’s how Cedarburg High School Principal Casey Bowe described our March Student of the Month Mary Stroebel. “Her academic prowess is undeniable,” Casey said noting that she will graduate as the Salutatorian of her class with a grade point average of 4.61.  Wow!  Most of us didn’t know that grade points went that high. Plus, she has completed 100 hours of formal volunteer work.
 
Mary is an accomplished student-athlete soccer player and has been recognized as an All-State soccer player by the WIAA several times. She will continue playing soccer after graduation at Northwestern University, where she will be pursuing a degree in economics.
 
In accepting the Rotary award, Mary said that Cedarburg holds a very close place in her heart and one day she hopes to return here to raise a family just like her parents did 30 years earlier. “I consider myself to be a Bulldog through and through, and I know that this community is something that is not easy to replicate. I am extremely grateful to call it home,” Mary said.
 
Mary designated her $50 Rotary award go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ozaukee County. As the youngest of eight siblings, Mary said she hopes that this contribution can help give more area kids the kind of support that she received from her older siblings.
 
Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Mary Stroebel, and Cedarburg High School Principal Casey Bowe. Photo credit Gail Ostermann & Zoom video credit, Cindy Petted.
Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Michael McNabb and Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei.Grafton High School senior Michael McNabb was recognized as the Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton at its weekly lunch meeting on Feb. 15 at the Peter Wollner American Legion Post.
 
Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei recognized McNabb for his significant accomplishments as a basketball player noting that he is the all-time leading scorer in Grafton High School history and has exceeded 2,000 career points. “In addition to basketball, Michael is an outstanding student leader at GHS, has challenged himself by taking rigorous coursework, and understands the importance of being a role model to future Black Hawks,” Mantei said.

The Rotary award is given monthly, alternating between Cedarburg and Grafton High Schools, to students who demonstrate hard work through school, employment or other activities. The Club makes a $50 donation to a charity of the student‘s choice. 

In accepting his award, McNabb said his ultimate goal is to inspire the next generation of young athletes to pursue their dreams and become the best version of themselves as athletes and people just as he was inspired by those before him. He credited his family, coaches and teammates for his success. Click here to watch Michael's acceptance speech. 

McNabb will be attending Northern Michigan University to play basketball. He designated his Rotary donation go to Mel’s Charities.

Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Michael McNabb and Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei.
Photo Credit: Gail Ostermann  
Our students of the month continue to amaze us! Casey introduced Cedarburg High School Senior Miles Trompeter as our January Student of the Month, calling him “an outstanding scholar with multiple talents, interests and a deep commitment to service above self.”
 
Miles has a remarkable 4.3 GPA while taking 10 college-level courses. He is a leader in the Robotics team (which will be presenting to our club on Feb. 8) and the Coding Club, where he has contributed to the CyberPatriot and Aerospace Jam teams (who presented their drone at a meeting last year.) He volunteers at local elementary schools teaching 5th graders how to code and complete fun tasks using small programmable robots. He is the trumpet section leader in the marching band, is lead trumpet in the Jazz Band, and No. 1 trumpet in the Symphonic Band. He earned his Eagle Scout status by building eight benches for the walking path behind Faith Lutheran Church.
 
While volunteering through Boy Scouts, he grew a deep connection with Family Sharing so Miles is donating his $50 Rotary award to them.
 
 
Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Miles Trompeter, and Cedarburg High School Principal Casey Bowe. Photo credit Gail Ostermann & Zoom video credit, Cindy Petted.
Grafton High School seniors Brogan Ringgold and Juhi Jha were recognized as the Students of the Month by the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Graton at its weekly lunch meeting on Dec. 14 at the Peter Wollner American Legion Post. “Both of these students were integral to the success of our “Every 15 Minutes” program conducted in October,” said Scott Mantei, Grafton High School principal. “This was a huge undertaking by these students demonstrating their strong leadership skills and commitment to the community.” “Every 15 Minutes” is a nationwide program designed to dramatically challenge students to think about the consequences of driving impaired or distracted. It involves the creation of a video and mock accident demonstration presented to students and the community at large. “We felt this was a natural connection to Rotary since they generously donated $3,000 to this project,” said Mantei. The video, available on youtube.com, has already received 14,000 views.
Ringgold is the senior class president and co-president of the student council. He is a student ambassador for the Grafton Education Foundation, participates in choir competitions, and is involved in Grassroots North Shore, a political action committee dedicated to voter education. He is also employed at Coco Tree Confectionery.
 
Jha is the president of HOSA, an organization for future health professionals, and is co-president of the student council. She is currently the lead volunteer trainer at Aurora Health Care as an Ozaukee Youth Apprentice.
 
The Rotary award is given monthly, alternating between Cedarburg and Grafton High Schools, to students who demonstrate hard work through school, employment, or other activities. 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. Ringgold designated his donation go to “When We All Vote,” an organization that encourages citizens to vote. Jha chose the American Heart Association for her donation.
 
 
Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Students of the Month Juhi Jha and Brogan Ringgold, Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei, and Grafton School District Superintendent and club member Jeff Nelson. Photo and video credit, Cindy Petted.
 
 
Casey Bowe introduced Cedarburg High School senior Madison Engebose as our November Rotary Student of the Month.
 
Madison has completed over 100 hours of community service while excelling academically with a 4.5 GPA. She has taken 16 college-level and 11 Advanced Placement courses. She has actively participated in many extra-curricular activities including Math Team, Coding Club, FBLA/DECA, and Golf, where she was recently recognized as First Team All Northshore Conference, Academic All-State, and MVP of the CHS golf team. Casey said that Madison’s golf coach describes her leadership as “unparalleled.” “She has been involved in every aspect of the team, from organizing locker tags to organizing team dinners,” Casey said.

In accepting her award, a $50 chamber gift card and a $50 donation to a charity of her choice, Madison said she plans to play golf in college and major in computer science. Her dream job would be working for the PGA someday.
 
Her charitable donation will go to Baskets of Hope, which provides toys for patients at Children’s Hospital.
 
Pictured are Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton president Mike Herbrand, left, with Student of the Month Madison Engebose, and Cedarburg High School Principal Casey Bowe. Photo credit, Cindy Petted.
Grafton Superintendent and fellow Rotarian Jeff Nelson introduced our Student of the Month, Grace Viesselmann, a senior from Grafton High School.
Grace’s impressive resume includes: Class treasurer, VP of Student Council, President of National Honor Society, Black Hawk Crew Member, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) member, and is an active athlete, playing volleyball, basketball, and track & field. Grace is currently enrolled in AP Calculus, AP Biology, and AP Economics and is planning on a major in biology/pre-pharmacy at either UW-Eau Claire or UW-Madison.

Grace has coordinated events supporting Family Sharing of Ozaukee County through her work at school and will donate her $50 to them. Congratulations Grace!
 
Pictured are GHS Principal Scott Mathei, Grace Viesselmann, and Grafton School District Superintendent & fellow Rotarian Jeff Nelson. Photo credit, Maggie Dobson
As our April 2023 Student of the Month, Henry Cain was introduced by CHS Principal Casey Bowe:
 
It is my honor to introduce you all to Mr. Henry Cain. Henry is currently a senior at Cedarburg High School. He has given back to the community through various service engagements with more than 120 documented hours. He is a leader amongst his peers, serving as a captain of his swimming and soccer teams. Henry was recognized for excellence in swimming as an All-American Honorable Mention and for his excellence in Service, Character, Scholarships, and Citizenship by the National Honor Society.

Henry Cain has sought a rigorous course load during his tenure at CHS, taking seven Advanced Placement courses and earning a remarkable 4.10 cumulative GPA in the process. Henry has deep ties to the community, and to our club as the son of fellow Rotarian Steve Cain and with three years of employment with the Olsen’s at the Piggly Wiggly in Cedarburg.

Henry consistently exemplifies what it means to be a Bulldog. Please welcome the Cedarburg High School Rotary Student of the Month, Mr. Henry Cain.
 
Pictured here are CHS Principal and fellow Rotarian Casey Bowe, Rotary Club President-Elect Mike Herbrand, Henry Cain, and Henry's proud Papa and fellow Rotarian, Steve Cain.  Photo credit, Gail Ostermann
Jeff Nelson, Rotarian and GSD Superintendent, introduced Kayla Dembiec as our March Student of the Month from Grafton High School. Kayla is the captain of the varsity dance team, vice president of the National Honor Society, coach of the middle school dance team, and a lifeguard. She is a student in AP Research and was the third-place state finisher of the American Legion Oratorical Contest. She said she had to write an eight to 10-minute speech on the United States Constitution, and then give that speech in front of an audience and panel of judges, completely memorized. Amazing! She plans to major in broadcast journalism. Kayla designated her $50 charitable donation from our club to Franciscan Peacemakers, which connects women survivors of sex trafficking to safe housing, meaningful work, and a healing network of support.
 
Pictured are L-R: Grafton School Superintendent Jeff Nelson, Student of the Month Katie Dembiec, and Grafton High School Principal Scott Mantei.
Photo credit: Gail Ostermann.
 
Cedarburg High School Principal, Casey Bowe, introduced this month’s Student of the Month Zakira Masslich. 
 
Zakira Masslich is a senior and one of Cedarburg High School’s most accomplished students. She is an active member of our Tennis Team, Math Team, AFS Club, Spanish Club, and FCA.  She is currently at the very top of her class per GPA despite nearly exhausting our most difficult offerings.  Her current schedule of six AP courses is arguably the most challenging course load we can offer a student at our school.  Her teachers report that her drive to learn and understand all aspects of each class challenges them to be even better teachers.  Not only does she seek out challenges, but she is persistently committed to overcoming them.  Zakira represents the best of what it means to be a Cedarburg Bulldog and I am honored to introduce Zakira Masslich as the CHS Rotary Student of the month. 
 
Zakira picked Family Sharing for her $50 donation and she also receives $50 in Cedarburg Chamber Bucks for herself.  Congrats!
 
 
Pictured are Rotary Club President Melissa Wraalstad, Zakira Masslich, Cedarburg High School Principal Casey Bowe, and CSD Superintendent Jeridon Clark. Photo and video credit, Cindy Petted.
Jeff Nelson introduced the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton's January Student of the Month, Amanda Hoenecke, a Senior from Grafton High School.

Amanda’s passion and preparation were on display as she had her acceptance speech ready. Here are some of her 
involvements and accomplishments:
  • Student Council President
  • Graftonics
  • Winter Play
  • Band and Choir Student
  • Pep Band
  • Military History Book Club
  • Does the morning announcements on a daily basis
  • Spoke to incoming 9th-grade students at GHS experience last week
 
For being selected, our Club awarded Amanda $50 in Grafton Chamber Bucks and another $50 will be given to the charity of her choice, Avocates of Ozaukee County.
 
Pictured l-r, Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton's President-Elect Mike Herbrand, January 2023 Student of the Month Amanda Hoenecke, and Grafton School Superintendent Jeff Nelson. Photo & video credit, Cindy Petted.
 
 
Casey Bowe, C-G Rotarian and CHS Principal, introduced Cedarburg High School’s Student of the Month for December 2022, senior Evan Weber.

Evan has been involved with many different service clubs and sports teams, including the National Honor Society, three years on the Student Council, being a key member of 
the Business Capstone class, Best Buddies, and leads the scheduling and working at concession stands for school events. He’s also had high levels of performance in the most challenging classes. In the classroom, on the field, and in the community, Evan is the consummate Bulldog. 
 
Evan chose Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge as his charitable donation. 
 
Pictured are President-elect Mike Herbrand with Evan. Photo credit, Cindy Petted.
Jordan Guerra, a senior at Grafton High School, is the first Grafton recipient of the Student of the Month program recently launched by the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary. He was honored during today club luncheon meeting 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. They must show a strong dedication to community service or have made a meaningful or lasting contribution to their community.
 
In selecting Guerra, Grafton School Superintendent Jeff Nelson said he is actively involved in many school activities including varsity soccer, Leo’s, Military History Book Club, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). “He is a strong student enrolled in Advanced Placement classes while also being a Youth Apprentice at Controlled Dynamics,” Nelson said. “You will often see Jordan volunteering at high school events with a video camera and microphone recording students and performers/athletes in action and then editing the clips for social media. He worked with me last year on creating our annual staff retiree videos and did a great job capturing our staff and their memories of working in our district.” Nelson said Guerra is a “giving person who will do great things” after leaving GHS. 
 
The award is 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. Guerra selected the Susan G. Komen Foundation as his designated charity.
 
Pictured: Club President Melissa Wraalstad, Student of the Month Jordan Guerra, and Grafton School District Superintendent Jeff Nelson. Photo credit, Cindy Petted.
 
Katie O’Connor, a senior at Cedarburg High School, is the first recipient of the Student of the Month program recently launched by the Rotary Club of Cedarburg-Grafton. 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.
 
 
Pictured are Rotary Club President Melissa Wraalstad and Katie O'Connor. Photo credit, Cindy Petted.