Thomas Wesley Hart and Maryn Cate Van Tassell have been named Junior Students of the Month for September, according to Ely Elks Lodge 1469.
Hart, age 13, is the son of Brandy and Kevin Hart of Ely. Van Tassell, age 14, is the daughter of Marc and Megan Van Tassell of Ely. Both are 8th graders at White Pine Middle School. The Junior Student of the Month program is sponsored by the Elks Lodge in an effort to bring recognition to outstanding students in the area. Junior Students of the Month are selected by a panel of their peers in each participating school within the jurisdiction of the sponsoring lodge. Multiple achievement, citizenship, scholarship and leadership are the basis for selection of Junior Students of the Month.
Hart has been active in leadership, football, baseball, basketball and is a crossing guard for the elementary school. He is an advanced green belt in karate and been awarded Student of the Day. Hart has met Miss Teen America and Miss America and is a member of the 200 Club. Hart received five trophies in 2nd grade, is an All-Star in baseball and caught a fish with his hands. His hobbies are drums, sports riding bikes, fishing, camping, listening to music, trying new things and hanging out with friends and family.
Van Tassell has been active in elementary and WPMS Student Council, student leadership, travel team volleyball, basketball and Scorpion Volleyball (club team). She was a 7th grade representative and sings with the WPHS choir. Her hobbies are playing piano, reading, singing, volleyball and spending time with family and friends.