Ashland High School student Rachel Kambury is the May 2009 Kiwanis Student of the Month.

Ashland High School student Rachel Kambury is the May 2009 Kiwanis Student of the Month.

Kambury has participated in many school activities during her AHS career, including Fresh Start counselor, advanced French film seminar, Mock Trial, AHS Redesign Team, OSF Green Show volunteer (3 summers, 120 hours each summer), and Rogue News writer.

In addition to school activities, Rachel has been a writer for many year, starting at age 5, according to her father. She has written seven novels and published one of them. She recently published "Gravel," a novel about a paratrooper in WWII.

While participating in these school and writing activities, Rachel has maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.453.

Following graduation, in September Kambury will attend Eugene Lang College in New York, N.Y., with a focus on creative writing, literature, and history.

The Student of the Month receives an award certificate and a $50 savings bond. During the month of May, 2009, two of the nine monthly winners for the current school year will be further honored with a $1,000 college scholarship. This is called the Tommy Laird Kiwanis Scholarship.

The nine monthly Kiwanis Student of the Month winners for this school year are:

September 2008 Dahna Black October 2008 Layla Black November 2008 Nico Toll December 2008 Nicole Rinaldi January 2009 Phoebe Parker-Shames February 2009 Max Parker-Shames March 2009 Jeffery Star April 2009 Thomas N. Wood II May 2009 Rachel Kambury

The Ashland Kiwanis Club is focused on supporting learning and leadership opportunities for the youth of our community through local fundraising and volunteerism.

To learn more about Kiwanis and get involved in its many programs for children and others in the community, call 488-0532.