Ella Nuttgens is June’s Penticton Sunrise Rotary Club Student of the Month.
The Grade 12 Penticton Secondary School student was awarded the honour for her leadership skills in co-organizing the We for She program at Pen Hi for three years, in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The program in 2020 was fully organized and ready to go when COVID-19 hit, cancelling the event. They pivoted and made the event better for 2021 by having a virtual event held over the internet.
The We for She conference is a women’s equality program that helps women gather knowledge and confidence to tackle the world and stand up for themselves. Nuttgens is described as extremely well-spoken and passionate on the issues.
She joined the Pen Hi leadership program in Grade 9 and stayed with it through Grade 12 and enjoys organizing and planning events to make things happen.
In sports, she has played baseball, field hockey and rugby. And to balance out, she has also been involved in musical theatre and dance.
She has volunteered at the hospital as a candystriper and making lattes and coffees for the patients.
Her interests in math and physics have her planning to get an engineering degree at University of B.C. in something related to environment issues.
Nuttgens also considered something in the aerospace field “for a second or two” but has deferred going to university for a gap year to get a better handle on what she wants to do.
The Rotary Club of Penticton Sunrise understands the importance of the 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.
The club works with Penticton Secondary School and Princess Margaret Secondary School to select students who have overcome problems, made significant gains in their lives and are examples for others to follow.
This initiative is made possible with financial assistance from Gateway Casinos as part of their proactive involvement in wide-ranging community service projects.
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