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Ashland Kiwanis has recognized Nur Shelton and Lili Smith as its November and December Student of the Month, respectively. Kiwanis honors senior students from Ashland High School each month during the school year.

Nur has lived in Ashland for 16 years, attending school at Willow Wind Community Learning Center from kindergarten to eighth grade prior to starting at AHS. He learned classical fencing, archery, horseback riding, tennis and tap dancing at an early age. From his freshman year to junior year Nur was part of the leadership class, and was ASB vice president as a sophomore and junior. In addition, he has been a student tutor for three years, was inducted into the National Honor Society as a freshman and was honored as a scholar athlete as a junior.

During each of Nur’s four years at AHS, he has participated in the theater program and currently is serving as the secretary of Drama Club and the co-president and co-founder of Tap Dancing Club. As a freshman and a junior he received two varsity letters on the tennis team, finishing in sixth and third place respectively at the state championships in doubles. Nur recently performed in AHS’s most recent production, "The Diviners." He plans to participate in the theater’s winter show, as well as join the tennis team once again in the spring.

After high school Nur hopes to attend college in California.

Lili has been an active member at AHS since her freshman year. She has been a part of the volleyball program all four years, was a varsity starter for three of those years and was voted team captain her senior season. She has been a varsity thrower on the track and field team for four years, placing first in conference and sixth in state last year, and was awarded the scholar athlete award last spring.

Lili has been a part of the school newspaper for four years and an editor the last two, is president of School Spirit Club and is a member of National Honors Society.

She has spent considerable time working with young children throughout her high school years. She helped coach at the annual Grizzly Volleyball Camp for three years and took on the planning and organization of the camp this year for her senior project. She has also coached her own volleyball team of elementary school girls at the YMCA for three years.

Lili hopes to continue her education at Western Washington University and plans to major in education so she can continue to work with young children in her career.

Nur and Lili each received a Kiwanis award certificate and $50 in cash, presented by the club’s Chad Smith. At the end of the school year, the $1,000 Tommy Laird Kiwanis College scholarship will be awarded to two of the Youth of the Month recipients.

For more about the Ashland Kiwanis, see ashlandkiwanis.org, see the club's Facebook pages or call Ron at 541-488-0532.