On Dec. 13 the Rotary Club honored Miss Kendall Burks as its Student of the Month. Her parents, Ken and Cathy Burks, were there to see and hear her receive the award. 

They were very pleased and happy about their daughter’s achievements. Before the article announcing the event could be published Mrs. Burks suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. 

The Rotary Club extends its sympathy to Miss Burks and her father and prays God will grant them peace. The original article follows:


Dec. Student of the Month

Waxahachie Independent School District is working to play a more visible role in the community. As an example, Brad Burns, principal at the high school, is collaborating with the Rotary Club of Waxahachie in a Student of the Month program.

This month we are pleased to announce Kendall Burks as the winner of the “Student of the Month” award. Vicki Rowe, New Generations Chairperson, presented Burks with a plaque to be permanently displayed in the Waxahachie High School hallway.

Burks, the daughter of Ken and Cathy Burks, is currently ranked number one in her senior class of almost 400 students at Waxahachie High. She is president of National Honors Society, president of the Advanced Placement Science Club and captain of the varsity tennis team.

In addition to these prestigious positions, Burks is, also, the captain of the school’s University Interscholastic  League Spelling and Vocabulary Team. She won first place at the state level of competition in this event last year, earning the highest score across all conferences.

Other organizations to which Burks belongs include French National Honor Society and the Culture Club. She was recently named a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist in addition to being an Advanced Placement Scholar. 

Burks has applied to Harvard, Texas A&M, Rice, Tulane and Yale universities. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine as a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Burks is the secretary of her school’s Interact Club, and she regularly participates in a wide variety of projects through this Rotary organization, including Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat, Bethlehem Revisited, and the newly developed program, Miles for Hope. 

The Waxahachie Rotary Club is proud to acknowledge this outstanding student for her hard work and scholastic accomplishments. Burks is a remarkable example of the youth in our community who will become productive, prosperous leaders of our nation for years to come.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Waxahachie where we believe in Service Above Self and doing things as a club we cannot do alone, visit the club website www.waxahachierotary.org . 

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