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Ashland Kiwanis club has recognized Ashland High School students Dylan Kistler and Ginny Cotton as its September and October Students of the Month.

Dylan Kistler has worked in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi assisting pharmacists at refugee camps and as a peer mentor for friends with learning disabilities. He is a national qualifier in speech and debate, had prominent roles in three theater productions and is on the varsity soccer team. Other activities Rotary Interact, CLun, Slam Poetry Club, Brain Bowl and attending Math Team meets.

He has maintained a 4.0 GPA and hopes to attend Princeton University to study English with Tracy K Smith, the nation's poet laureate, as well as to study math, statistical theory and creative writing.

Ginny Cotton has a wide variety of interests, ranging from designing jewelry, to watercoloring and playing golf and soccer. She has earned a 3.95 GPA and belongs to National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. She has also been a varsity soccer player and a varsity golfer for four years in each sport. Her soccer and golf teammates selected her as a team captain for two years in a row.

During the summer, Ginny works as a server at Louie’s Restaurant, while also exploring local swimming holes, waterfalls and day hikes. In the summer of 2016, she coordinated a community golf tournament at Oak Knoll on behalf of the AHS golf club, successfully raising several thousand dollars for her team. In 2017, she repeated the event as her senior project, this time splitting the funds raised between the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University and the Grizzly Golf Club.

Ginny plans to major in biology and is considering various Oregon colleges and universities.

Dylan and Ginny each received a Kiwanis award certificate and $50 in cash. In May, the $1,000 Tommy Laird Kiwanis College scholarship will be awarded to selected Youth of the Month recipients.