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From left, Brianna Nicole Newman and Janessa Merrill

Janessa Merrill and Brianna Nicole Newman have been named Students of theMonth for November, according to Ely Elks Lodge 1469.

Merrill, age 14, is the daughter of Justin Merrill and Genevieve Nelson of Ely.

Newman, age 13, is the daughter of Jared and DeeDee Newman of Ely. Both are 8th graders at Learning Bridge Charter School.

The Student of the Month program is sponsored by the Elks Lodge in aneffort 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.

Merrill has been active with the WPMS volleyball A Team, Junior Jazz basketball, White Pine Fast Pitch softball travel team and Ely Learning Bridge leadership. She is a member of the Ely Learning Bridge advanced band, playing xylophone and piano and is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic church youth group. She is also a Nevada Northern Railway and White Pine Library volunteer. Her hobbies are playing sports, listening to and playing music, making fun videos, traveling and spending time with friends and siblings.

Newman has been active in AYSO soccer, track and as a class representative. Her hobbies are drawing, sports, lighting fireworks with her dad, launching rockets with her brother and sister and spending time with her family.