Rotary honors December Students of the Month


BROOKINGS – Brookings High School seniors Quentin Eck, Jason Poppen and Abigail Schuldt have been honored as the Brookings Rotary Club’s December and January Students of the Month.

Eck is the son of Jason and Kimberly Eck. At BHS, he has been involved in cross country Varsity Team (captain), on the basketball team as both a player and a manager, track, German Club (secretary)and intramural games. He was a Top 8 Finalist in the South Dakota Big Idea Competition. He is a volunteer at the Children’s Museum. Eck plans to continue his education next year majoring in business with a focus on entrepreneurship.

Poppen is the son of Keith and Nan Poppen. At BHS, he has been involved in SADD (serving as an officer), Health Occupations Students of America (placing second and third in the Medical Law & Ethics State Competition, qualifying for national competition), Clay Target Team (lettering his sophomore year), intramural basketball and intramural soccer. He also is a member of National Honor Society.

The senior received six- and nine-year participation awards for Piano Festival and received second place youth overall in the Medary Creek Brookings Hospital Fundraiser Shoot. He also qualified for State 4-H Archery Competition. In the community, Poppen has volunteered at GAP at the United Methodist Church and is active at Brookings First Assembly of God. He also has participated in Share the Warmth and enjoys the Beacon Hill Gun Range and playing guitar. He plans to attend North Central University in Minneapolis, where he will major in biblical and theological studies.

Schuldt is the daughter of Kristie and Troy Woods. At BHS, she has been active in German Club, Multicultural Club, Conspiracy Club (president), Oral Interpretation, Environmental Club and Sexuality & Gender Alliance Club. She is currently the secretary of National Honor Society and has been in the top 1 percentile in all four years of high school.

Her hobbies include gardening, going to the gym, binding books, antiquing and playing with her golden doodle. She plans to attend SDSU as a biochemistry and chemistry double major with a botany minor.

Each month during the school year, the Brookings Rotary Club recognizes 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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