Grade 12 student Ian Heck is the Rotary Club of Penticton Sunrise’s Student of the Month.
“Physics is fascinating and it’s my favorite course” aren’t words you hear from most high school students.
But don’t think of Heck as a science nerd with his nose in books. He is a well-rounded student with interests in languages such as Spanish and sports such as squash and rock climbing.
As a Grade 12 student at Princess Margaret Secondary School, Heck is graduating this June and busy writing his university application for next year.
Heck has been described as inquisitive and detail-oriented, not happy to just get by with the bare minimum of effort. When he tackles a project, he does so with vigor. He’s also helpful to his peers where he can often be seen helping other students in the class understand the subject being taught, the result being that he strengthens his own knowledge.
He enjoys Spanish classes, achieving a mark of 90 per cent, almost as good as the 91 in his English class but below the 100 in physics class.
In past years, he has participated in leadership at Maggie, but now in grade 12, he is focused on his marks and getting ready for university. Although he is still involved in some volunteer work outside of school hours.
His future will include physics and/or business, but he is not yet sure which one will win out. He described physics as a passion and fun while describing business as a sensible choice for work and earning a living. But his ideal future would be something that includes both. He is driven to succeed and has a plan for himself but also knows that plans can change.
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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