Sunrise Rotary honors Ackerman as inaugural Student of Month |

Sunrise Rotary honors Ackerman as inaugural Student of Month

Glenwood Springs High School junior Molly Ackerman is the Sunrise Rotary Club’s first student of the month, for January 2003.

Club members Ron Gair, Peter Jeschofnig, Sharon Wall and Sandy Lowell presented the award to Ackerman during the club’s Jan. 21 meeting.

The club plans to recognize one GSHS student each month during the school year, with awards rotating among various academic disciplines. The January award is focused on music, and GSHS vocal music teacher Jeannie Miller nominated Ackerman for the recognition.

As part of the presentation, Ackerman sang, “America, the Beautiful” for the Rotarians, accompanied by Miller on piano. Rotarian Sandy Lowell presented Ackerman and Miller with certificates and $50 each for their excellence in music.

“Singing and playing the piano are only a small portion of Molly’s talents,” Miller wrote. “What I admire is her willingness to use her gifts to serve others.

“She’s a terrific singer, accompanies the varsity choir and rehearses the choir in my absence. She handles this responsibility with such humility and maturity.

“Whatever she chooses for her future, I know music will be an integral part of her life. She is a valuable asset to our choral music program,” Miller wrote.

In addition to singing with the GSHS Varsity Choir and taking piano and voice lessons, Ackerman is a member of the state champion GSHS varsity cheerleading squad, National Honor Society, School Climate Committee, Key Club, Student Council, EPYCS and Impact Club. She was also tapped to sing with the All-State Choir.

“My goals pertaining to voice and choir include auditioning for the Aspen Music Festival this summer, and hopefully making All-State Choir again next year,” Ackerman said. “They are pretty lofty goals, but Mrs. Miller encourages me to strive for the best.

“But for me, music isn’t all about competition. Music focuses me and keeps me on track. It is the one thing in my life that I not only have to work hard to improve in constantly, but also offers me a form of release,” she said.

She is the daughter of Dan and Cheryl Ackerman.

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