Daybreak Rotary honors January, February SOM
Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club is proud to award the December Students of the Month to Logann Harkness and Erik Small and January Students of the Month to Anna Arthur and Joanie Yeh for their outstanding contribution to academics, extracurricular activities and community service.
Hudson High School senior Logann Harkness, a 10-year Hudson resident, is the daughter of Paul and Sarah Harkness and Kim and Jamey Engstrom.
Harkness has three brothers and two sisters. She has a dog at her mother's house named Bandit, and one at her dad's house named Oliver.
Harkness has been busy in high school, involved in Authors Anonymous, Peer Helpers, Viola and Flute Choir, Chamber Orchestra, HHS Marching Band, National Honor Society, improv ensemble, the pit orchestra and the polka band.
"Music of all sorts has been my most meaningful interest because it's where I met all of my friends," Harkness said. "It's my goal to follow that path. Music, through school or not, is important to connect with people and grow as an individual."
Harkness plans to attend UW-Eau Claire, Gustavus Adolphus College or Lawrence University to pursue a degree in music education.
HHS senior Erik Small is the son of Deborah and Gregory Small. He has lived in Hudson his entire life. He is an only child, and has a Black Lab named Kai.
Small, an Eagle Scout, has participated in Boy Scouts for many years, He has been a competitive club and varsity swimmer (eight years total) and has been captain of the HHS swim and dive team for the past two years. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, a coach for the HHS Writing Center and a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
"Swimming is my most important and meaningful interest," Small said. "I love swimming for many reasons, and our high school team is really special, as a team and in the pool. This year we broke the Eau Claire Alliance (which is North and Memorial together) 29-year winning streak of never losing a conference dual or invite."
Next year, Small plans to attend either St. Olaf College or Gustavus Adolphus to possibly pursue a math or science field career. After college, he'd like to start a family.
HHS senior Anna Arthur, a lifelong Hudson resident, is the daughter of Laura and Jonathan Arthur. She has two brothers, one older and one younger.
"One of the sources of joy in my life is definitely adventuring with my family, and in particular, my brothers," Arthur said.
Activities she loves to participate in include music, languages, physical activity and public speaking. She plays saxophone in the HHS band and jazz band. This year, she has helped run the saxophone choir and has prepared pieces for Solo & Ensemble each year. She is a member of the German National Honor Society and worked at the German Concordia Language Village last summer for seven weeks. She has also been a member of the River Falls Ultimate Frisbee League for the past four years, is in Raider Elite and is in Forensics.
"This year I have been training to become a part of the U.S. Marines," Arthur said. "I plan on shipping to boot camp around July of this year, and next year I will be training for my position in the Reserves."
She will attend UW-Madison in 2020 in conjunction with her Reserves work, where she hopes to major in biochemistry or something engineering or computer science-related.
HHS senior Joanie Yeh, a 12-year Hudson resident, is the daughter of Lynn and Mick Greiner. As an only child, she has always been close to her parents. Her mom is an accountant and her dad is a director of nursing. Their family has an English Springer Spaniel named Woody.
Yeh is a member of the National Honor Society and president of HOSA (Future Healthcare Professionals). Outside of school, she is an ambassador in Girl Scouts and a weekly volunteer at the local library.
"Before 10th grade, I had never had an affinity for science," Yeh said. "However, once I took biology, it became my favorite subject. I am taking AP Biology right now, and I enjoy the topic so much I decided to major in biology in college."
Yeh plans to complete her undergraduate course while majoring in biology at UW-Madison. After that, she plans to earn her doctorate in medicine and become a surgeon.