Two Upper School cadets earn award from St. Petersburg Rotary Club

Two members of the Class of 2019, Hunter Gordon and Elijah Soyke, were recently recognized by the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg. They were two of fourteen students recipients of the 81st Annual Outstanding Youth Awards. They were selected on the basis of scholarship, character, and service.

Hunter Gordon has attended Farragut since the 4th grade. Over her career at Farragut she has been involved in the Golf and Track & Field teams, Junior State of America (JSA), Mu Alpha Theta (MAΘ), National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and she is the current president of the National Honor Society (NHS). She has also commanded the color guard and served as administration officer for the regiment, achieving the rank of cadet lieutenant. She is attending Colorado State University in the fall and plans to major in zoology.

Elijah Soyke has attended Farragut since the 9th grade. The activities he’s been involved in include sailing, marksmanship, and MAΘ. He is the vice president of both the Chinese Chess Club and JSA and is the secretary for NHS. He is attending Florida Institute of Technology in the fall and plans to major in molecular biology, with an eventual goal of working in research and development.

Hunter and Elijah were nominated for the award by Director of Counseling and College Placement Mrs. Jeri Williar.

“They are both great students and are at the top of their class,” Mrs. Williar said. “They are kind people and have a positive attitude that comes through in all that they do. They are respectful to all and represent the characteristics of a Farragut Cadet. You can count on them to volunteer to help and know that they will follow through.”