BRANT LAKE - The Chestertown Rotary Student of the Month for September is Alana Kilcullen. Alana is the daughter of Mark and Nadine Kilcullen of Brant Lake, and is a young woman with specific goals, aspirations and the drive and ability to achieve them. Alana's focus, diligence and willingness to do whatever is required to excel are noteworthy. Alana is a senior at North Warren.
A National Honor Student, Alana has provided many contributions to the North Warren girl's basketball and tennis teams each year while in high school. Alana has been an integral part of the chorus and newspaper club. Her musical talents have placed her in NYSSMA and CASMA auditions for the past four years. She has also graced the North Warren stage in multiple drama productions, including "Anything Goes" in 10th grade. In her free time, Alana has also pursued tap and ballet dance lessons and recitals throughout her high school experience, and since the time she was 7-years-old.
Her natural ability in academics has resulted in a significant list of "most outstanding" academic awards in the areas of Spanish, English, Global Studies, Science and more. Her character, dependability and loyalty resulted in her nomination for the 2010 Empire Girl's State conference, representing North Warren, as well as election as Class of 2011 president for two years running. Involvement in her community has been reflected in her participation for the American Red Cross, Dollars for Scholars, Girl Scouts and helping to provide annual community Thanksgiving Dinners.
When not involved with her many structured activities, Alana enjoys reading, spending time outdoors camping, hiking, kayaking and snowmobiling. Alana's goal is to pursue a degree of secondary education in mathematics, with a minor in English.