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


• Alexis Cook has been on the A+ honor roll and an academic scholar all four years of high school. She also has recieved the All-Fort Osage Award, was a national qualifier to the National Catholic Forensics League for speech and debate, received the Academic All-American award and was a Missouri Girls State delegate.

She has been active in speech and debate (for which she was president and tournament chair), National Honor Society (president), college ambassadors and student ambassadors. She also interned for Congressman Emanuel Cleaver.

She would like to pursue a career in politics, but is undecided about what she would like to be in life. She hopes to make a change in the world. She hopes to study political science at Truman State University.

Her parents are Teri Cook and Doug Cook.


• Trenton McArthur has been student of the quarter, and student of the year at the Fort Osage CTC, and a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honors Society. He has received an academic letter and a scholar athlete award.

Outside of school, he is an Eagle Scout and a volunteer at East Side Baptist Church for middle school students. He works at Hy-Vee customer service.

He plans to use his fire and hazardous materials certificates earned through the CTC plus the EMT certification he is currently working toward to get work experience at a smaller fire department. Eventually he wants to go to school to become a paramedic.

HIs parents are Craid and Rhonda McArthur.