Each month the Ballard Rotary chooses two students as their “students of the month.” This month Ballard High School students Emma Onstad Hawes and Rafael Regan have been selected.
Emma Onstad-Hawes is a top Ballard student and athlete. She has a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the National Honors Society, and is an AP scholar. Last year Emma graduated from the Biotech academy last year and was the editor of the yearbook. She has been on varsity soccer for four years and is a Captain for the second year. Soccer has always been a major part of her life, as Emma coaches a recreational soccer team and helps runa youth soccer camp, all while playing club soccer. She volunteers annually for Relay for Life and at Northwest Little League. Emma is applying to Macalister, Occidental, and the University of Washington.
Rafael Regan is an outstanding student. He is the president of Earth Service corps,helps run the recycling/composting program at Ballard, and is on the Debate Team. Rafael has a 3.65 GPA and plays Ultimate Frisbee. He is a member of the Seattle Youth Commission, a group of students who give youth a voice in the City Government. He has worked with Metro and SDOT to provide student feedback. Rafael has also done a lot of community service, including a trip to Guatemala through Global Visionaries. Part of the lead up to this trip included work in city parks, including Jose Rizal Park in Beacon Hill, a park known for violent activity. The group was able to reduce violence in the park, through work with the community to beautify the area with the removal of invasive species. Rafael works at PCC as a courtesy clerk. He is applying to UC Berkeley and the University of Washington, among others, and plans on studying urban planning or public transportation.