JEFFERSON — The Jefferson Rotary Club is honoring three Jefferson High School seniors as Student Rotarians for the month of January.
These students have been selected for their academic record, community involvement, volunteerism, extra-curricular participation and leadership.
In a non-pandemic year, the honorees would be invited to join the Jefferson Rotary Club for a month of meetings and guest speakers, but under the current conditions that’s not possible.
Instead, the students will receive certificates recognizing their achievements and will have the opportunity to apply for Rotary scholarships at the end of the school year.
Honored for this month are Eden Dempsey, Aaron Heine and Emily Hollenberger.
Eden DempseyDempsey is the oldest of three children in her family. She enjoys softball and tennis, lifting weights, being active outside and playing with her dogs. Her favorite subjects at school are physics and chemistry.
Her extracurricular involvement while at Jefferson High School has included softball, tennis, volleyball, Student Council, the AFS foreign student club, National Honor Society, Eagle Crew, J-Club, Best Buddies and the Spanish Honor Society.
In terms of community involvement, she has helped to collect donations for Christmas Neighbors, assisted with blood drives at the high school, volunteered at the AFS chili cook-off and helped at the school concession stand.
After graduation, Dempsey said she plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to major either in mechanical or civil engineering and to continue to play softball.
Aaron HeineGrowing up in the country, Heine said he has enjoyed participating in activities others might not have access to, like four-wheeling, hiking, farm work, fishing, building forts in the woods and hunting. He also enjoys athletic competitions, weight lifting and woodworking.
At Jefferson High School, Heine has participated in soccer, wrestling and baseball, SkillsUSA, and J-Club.
In the community, he has volunteered with City of Jefferson projects, overseen by City Engineer Bill Pinnow.
After high school, he plans to attend Marquette University through its NROTC scholarship program, with the goal of becoming an officer in the Marine Corps and earning an engineering, construction and management degree.
Emily HollenbergerHollenberger, who has one older brother, makes academics a priority, and in her free time likes to spend time with family and friends.
Her extracurricular involvement at Jefferson High School has included cross country (team captain) and track, Student Council, Brothers and Sisters in Christ (social media coordinator) Health Occupations Students of America Future Health Professionals, Rotary Interact (secretary), and AFS foreign student club.
In the community, Hollenberger has helped with blood drives, volunteered with the Christmas Neighbors drive, assisted the Jefferson Rotary Club in decorating for its beer- and wine-tasting fundraiser, and served at the Jefferson Fire Department breakfast. She also volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul’s Jefferson store on weekends.
After graduation, she plans to attend a four-year university to study biology, with the goal eventually of working in forensic science to help bring closure to those affected by crime.