Rotary announces October Students of the Month


BROOKINGS – Brookings High School seniors Serena An and Cherish Stern were honored as the Brookings Rotary Club’s October Students of the Month. The students joined the Club’s Zoom meeting to address the members and receive their recognition.

An is the daughter of Wenfeng An and Ping Ye. A National Merit semifinalist, she also qualified for the Math Olympiad Program in 2019 and 2020, was a statewide piano award winner in 2018 and 2019 and an All-State Band qualifier earlier this year. 

At BHS, she has been active in quiz bowl, band, math club, science olympiad, speech and debate, and National Honor Society. She also has been involved in teaching at the Brookings Math Circle, Research Math and is studying Korean and Mandarin. She plans to major in math and is considering a gap year to study languages.

Stern is the daughter of Michael and Laura Stern. The head drum major at BHS, she also was honored as homecoming queen and Most Improved Female Track Athlete. She received the FFA Greenhand Award and AP Scholar Award. Other activities at BHS include band, wrestling, figure skating, orchestra, Environmental Club, debate, theater/Thespians and Board Game Club. In the community Stern is involved in her church youth group and Northview Lads & Lassies 4-H Club. 

She has been employed at Hy-Vee her junior and senior years and was formerly a volunteer at youth wrestling practices. She plans to pursue a pre-medical track.

Each month during the school year, the Brookings Rotary Club recognizes two students who excel in exhibiting its motto “Service Above Self” and fulfill the ideals of the organization’s Four-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

For more information about the Brookings Rotary Club, contact President Don Norton at [email protected] The club, currently meeting virtually each Tuesday at 12 p.m., is part of Rotary International, a service organization with more than 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs in about 200 countries and territories around the world. This year’s international theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”

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