The Rotary Club of Penticton Sunrise understands the importance of our community’s youth and wishes to recognize outstanding students for unique combinations of achievement in scholastics, extracurricular activities, community involvement, leadership and service to others.  While academic and athletic achievements are often recognized in the school, these other areas also deserve recognition and are the focus of this initiative.
The program is meant to promote success in and out of the classroom.  For a student to be a well-respected citizen, they must be able to balance many different areas of life.  The Rotary Club of Penticton Sunrise is partnering with Penticton Secondary School and Princess Margaret Secondary School to select those students who have overcome problems, made significant gains in their lives, and are examples for others to follow.  This initiative is made possible with the generous financial contribution from Cascades Casino Penticton as part of their proactive involvement in wide ranging community service projects.
The following are examples of criteria that are used to select the Rotary Club of Penticton Sunrise’s Student of the month.  The student must be a senior and may achieve one or more of these criteria.
1.  Demonstrated exemplar character, consistent with Rotary’s high ethical standards
     (4-way test*), through honesty, trustworthiness, responsibility, compassion and loyalty
     in fostering a vibrant and positive school environment.
2.  Demonstrated leadership qualities in school, family, and/or community.
3.  Excelled when representing the school or community in competitive events.
4.  Demonstrated potential for academic, athletic and/or leadership accomplishment
     and made significant steps toward that accomplishment.
5.  Recognized by their peers as a source of strength or stability in the classroom,
     school, family and/or community.
6.  Overcome an emotional, physical, family, school, and/or personal crisis.
7.  Shown the ability to withstand pressure and maintain their composure in finding
      solutions to the betterment of their environment.
8.  Demonstrated high academic achievement.
9.  Demonstrated high athletic achievement.
10.  Demonstrated high community service achievement.
11.  Demonstrated high achievement in the arts.
12.  Demonstrated high achievement in vocational programs.
* ROTARY 4-way test:   Is it the truth?
                                          Is it fair to all concerned?
                                          Will it build good will and better friendships?
                                          Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Rotary Students of the Month will be nominated monthly by the school.  They will be invited to speak to the Rotary Club members during a regular meeting where they will receive their award.  Each student will receive a “Student of the Month” certificate and a $100 gift certificate to Staples for school/computer supplies.  A plaque with the student’s picture will be displayed in the school for the month.  The selected students will be featured with pictures and stories in local media as well as in the school, Rotary Club and sponsor social media.