Ken Curto photo5-8 May Students-1

Visilio Christopher Casarez and Jane Agnes Murdock have been named Students of the Month for May, according to Ely Elks Lodge. Casarez, age 17, is the son of Shannon and Chris Casarez of Ely. Murdock, age 17, is the daughter of Jesse and Rebecca Murdock of Ely. Both are Seniors at White Pine High School and will graduate with the Class of 2015. The Student of the Month program is sponsored by the Elks Lodge in an effort to bring recognition to outstanding students in the area. Multiple achievement, citizenship, scholarship and leadership are the basis for selection of Students of the Month. Casarez has been active in football, WPHS Yearbook and the stunt team. He is the Vice-President and activities chairman for the WPHS Drama club. His hobbies are snowboarding, photography and acting. Murdock is a peer leader with a 3.5 GPA in the top 20 of the Class of 2015. She is the WPHS Student Body President and will also graduate from Great Basin College in June with an Associate of Arts degree. Murdock is a three sport varsity athlete and a two sport varsity captain. She is 1st team All-State Soccer, 2nd team All-State Softball and a 1st team All-Conference soccer and softball player. Murdock is a 4-H Ambassador, a UREA Leadership Nevada Representative and has the RRR Thespian Festival award. She is also the journalism layout editor for the WPHS Pinenut, Secretary of the National Honor Society and was the Rotary March Student of the Month. She has volunteered at breast cancer benefit dinners, community clean ups, pink zumba parties, caroling at the care center and coaching and refereeing Steptoe Valley Youth soccer games. Pictured: Visilio Casarez and Jane Murdock