n Student’s success awarded Elk River Rotary’s September student of the month Student: Timothy Wilder Parents: Ryan and Amanda Wilder List the activities you have participated in and tell of your proudest accomplishments: I’ve participated in hockey, speech, NHS, cross country running and French club. My proudest accomplishments in speech is finalling at the section meet last year and my proudest cross country accomplishment is getting my personal best time at the last race last year. What is your favorite class and why? What is your favorite subject: While my favorite subject has always been English, my current favorite class is Honors Chemistry because I enjoy the challenging material and the teacher. What are your future plans: My plans seem to change fairly often, but I am currently looking at a career in pediatric medicine. What are your hobbies and/or personal interests: I enjoy reading, running and being with my friends when I am not busy with school, sports or other activities. Who is your hero, if you have one, and why? There are so many individuals who deserve to be looked up to. I am currently reading Ishmael Beah’s memoir recounting his time as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. To face all that he did and emerge stronger from it is really inspiring to me. Tell of a most memorable experience that relates to school, personal interests or a hobby: One very memorable experience for me was getting 8th place at the section speech meet last year. I had worked very hard to get there and seeing that hard work get rewarded was very special to me. How do you demonstrate leadership: I try to lead by example as that is the most powerful form of leadership. Leadership based on words is feeble, but leadership based on actions can make a lasting impact. How do you approach academics to achieve success: I try to approach academics with a positive attitude. Though it’s not always easy, I know complaining helps no one, so I try to focus on the benefits a good ethic will bring. What special projects have you done, in or out of school: Outside of school I have volunteered at several different projects at my church. In school I have participated in NHS projects including helping at Meadowvale’s Kindness Retreat and tutoring for math. Why do you think you won this award: I think I won this award because of my leadership and academic success so far in high school. What does it mean to you: I am very grateful to receive this award. I really appreciate being recognized for positive things I have done, and this award will help me continue to try to do good things for others and myself.