Two seniors from Van Horn High School were chosen as Students of the Month for December by the Independence Rotary Club.
• Rubi Perez Vazquez is a member of the National Honor Society and is interested in math and science classes. She has attended the Math and Physics Institute, getting up early to take calculus and physics classes, which begin at 7 a.m. She has also participated in the KC STEM Women Mentors program in which she and other students visit and shadow women who are working as engineers.
Ruby is also the president of the multicultural club at Van Horn. She and the club presented an assembly to the student body this year in which they highlighted the fact that there are students at Van Horn from approximately 50 cultural backgrounds. Rubi has also given presentations to Independence School District teachers on how they can better support undocumented students.
Rubi has participated in multiple community service opportunities, including serving as a Spanish/English translator during parent-teacher conferences and assisting the elves at the recent Mayor’s Christmas Tree event.
Outside of school, Rubi has worked as a waitress, attended a summer camp to study social justice issues, and won first place in the Nature in My Neighborhood art competition where her artwork included Rubi’s drawings of Missouri native flowers and bees.
Ruby plans to attend Kansas State University to study civil engineering or Rockhurst University to study business analytics.
Rubi is the daughter of Esperanza Vazquez.
• Juan Rios has been very involved with music during his high school years. He has participated in the marching band drumline, the pep band, the jazz ensemble, and the percussion ensemble. He has also participated in the Music/Arts Institute.
Juan hopes to attend college to major in computer science. He would also like to study music in college and to be able to produce music.
Juan has received a KC Scholars’ award and would like to attend either Northwest Missouri or MU.
Juan is the son of Juan Rios.