Two seniors from Van Horn High School have been honored by the Rotary Club of Independence as students of the month.

• Christian Hernandez received the McCoy Award for academic excellence, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and National Technical Honor Society, as well as on the dean's list. He is active in National Honor Society, orchestra and the Falcons Parents Club. He also has been active in wrestling and soccer.

His out-of-school activities include working at Worlds of Fun, tutoring elementary students through the A-Plus program, and dedicating time to his family.

He plans to attend Mizzou to major in architectural studies, then earn a master's degree at the University of Kansas. He hopes to design more efficient schools and structures around Independence.

His parents are Daniel and Maria Hernandez.

• Chloe Trimble also received the McCoy Award. Her sophomore year she won the science fair and took it to Union Station where it qualified to go on to an international science fair. She has qualified for state and national competition in debate. She has been active in debate, theater, musical pit, soccer, orchestra, choir and woodshop.

Outside of school, she has worked at Hy-Vee, Minsky's Pizza, and Family Video.

She is working with her Navy recruitment officer to go into Seabee construction, hopefully doing project management. She also has applied to colleges.

She is the daughter of Coresa Trimble.