By Ken Curto

Ely Elks Lodge

Christopher Adam Young and  Jane Agnes Murdock have been named Students of the Year for 2014-2015, according to the Ely Elks Lodge.

Young, age 18, is the son of Adam and Jennifer Young of Ely. Murdock, age 17, is the daughter of Jesse and Rebecca Murdock of Ely. Both Young and Murdock graduated with the Class of 2015 at White Pine High School. Young graduated as Valedictorian.

The Student of the Year program is sponsored by the Ely Elks Lodge in an effort to bring recognition to two outstanding students selected from the Students of the Month for 2014-2015.

Students of the Year are selected by the Youth Activities Committee in the sponsoring lodge and are suitably honored at a school awards night.

Multiple achievement, citizenship, scholarship and leadership are the basis for selection of Students of the Year.

Young has been a member of the National Honor Society his Junior and Senior years and is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. He is a four year member of the White Pine Singers and the Northeast Nevada Honor Choir. He is a Life Scout in Troop 71 of the Boy Scouts of America and is working on his Eagle Scout rank. Young is a two year varsity basketball player and a three year varsity golf player. He is a captain for the WPHS Bobcat soccer team and a member of the 2013 Division 3 State Championship team. He is the 2014 Division 3 golf Individual State Champion and was awarded 2nd place in the golf state championship in 2015. He was the editor for the WPHS journalism staff in 2013 and is a six-time member of the All-State Academic Team. Young is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is First Counselor in the 2014-2015 Seminary Council. His hobbies are playing basketball, golf and soccer and hanging out with friends and going on adventures. He likes to read, eat, sleep, participate in school activities and spend time with his family. He enjoys going to church activities and just doing anything fun.

Murdock is the WPHS Student Body President, member of the top 20 and a peer leader with a 3.5 GPA.  She will graduate from Great Basin College in June with an Associate of Arts degree.  She has done volunteer and community work for breast cancer benefit dinners, community clean-up, pink zumba parties, caroling at the care center and coaching and refereeing Steptoe Valley Youth Soccer games.

Murdock is a three sport varsity athlete and a two sport varsity captain. She has been named as 1st Team All-State soccer player, 2nd Team All-State Softball player and 1st Team All-Conference soccer and softball player.  She is a 4-H Ambassador, a UREA Leadership Nevada Representative and a recipient of the RRR Thespian Festival award.  Murdock is the WPHS journalism layout editor and Secretary of the National Honor Society. She was also named as Rotary Student of the Month for March.

Ken Curto photo Ely Elks Lodge Students of the year Jane Murdock and Christopher Young.

Ken Curto photo
Ely Elks Lodge Students of the year Jane Murdock and Christopher Young.