Nancy Ruda presented the OM SOTM for May, Brendan Neira, son of
Janice Arcangeli and Ray Neira, owners of Smoke & Bones Restaurant
in Burdett. Brendan is a senior who has overcome many journeys
through academia. He is attentive in class, is diligent with his
homework, and is always willing to participate in classroom discussion.
Brendan is also compassionate. Whether it be a concern for another
student’s understanding of an assignment or recognizing a student in
need, he is quick to ask, “Are you okay?” Brendan works at the family
restaurant and at his grandmother’s farm on the weekends. He is also
a talented gardener, caring for plants at the school’s greenhouse for
the past two years. Nancy said, “I believe in Brendan and his ability to
contribute to the community he lives in.” Brendan thanked Nancy for
nominating him, his parents for encouraging him, and Rotary for
honoring him as Student of the Month.
Kelly Muir introduced Angel Hamm, a WGCS student who excels in academics, shines behind the stage in productions by various theater groups, and is always performing good deeds for others. She is a positive young lady who has volunteered for many community organizations and even led a can drive for our 100 Years of Rotary Foundation celebration. Angel respectfully declined this recognition and requested that it be dedicated to Ryan Pruitt, a WG Senior who recently passed away. Angel delivered a beautiful speech memorializing Ryan as a passionate person and a wonderful friend, son, brother, and grandson with a memorable laugh. Her speech is published on odessafile.com. Angel has enlisted in the Air Force Special Intelligence unit and will leave June 27.
Photos compliments of The Odessa File