Two seniors from Truman High School have been honored by the Rotary Club of Independence as students of the month.
• Kayla Gerlt has been state champion in mock trial and a state qualifier in debate this year, a NCFL Grand National qualifier and National Individual Tournament of Champions qualifier. She also is a member of National Honor Society. Her school activities have included speech, debate, mock trial, Civic and Social Engagement Club, History Club, #MeToo Club, DECA, Student Council and soccer.
Outside of school she has been involved in Youth Court, Girl Talk and Missouri Girls State.
She has been accepted to Creighton University and the University of Kansas. She plans to major in political science and intends to go into law.
She is the daughter of Kenny Gerlt.
• Isaac Ruiz has received the McCoy Award for academic excellence, two academic letters, district and state STEM awards and the David Starr Award as a student athlete. He has been in varsity soccer, and was named second-team all-conference his sophomore year and first-team all-conference his junior and senior year. He also was named the high school soccer defender of the year as well as being team captain. He also has been active in concert choir, a high school Latin dance instructor, and a member of the Spanish Club and National Honor Society.
Outside of school he is church choir coordinator, church traditional dance club captain, a volunteer in many Catholic churches in the Kansas City area, and he's volunteered in many local and international fundraisers. Sometimes he volunteers in interpreting/translating for schools and churches. He also works at Chipotle.
He plans to attend Drury University to study architecture and play Division II soccer.
He is the son of Hilda Carolina Pizano Gallardo and Rodolfo Ruiz Guzman.