Alisha Birk, a ConVal High School student, was presented with the 2014 Evans-Reilly Award for outstanding leadership, strong scholarship, and a remarkable commitment to school and community service. Presented to Birk by Monadnock Rotary Club President Dale Gabel, the award is given in memory of Rotarians David Reilly and Bill Evans. She was selected by a committee of Monadnock Rotarians that included Susan Copley, Kevin McElhinney, Mary Loftis, Erika Rogers, Dave DeWitt, and Tom Warren. Nominated by ConVal faculty members, the other student finalists were Sarah Dugas, Patrick Groleau, and Will MacPhee.
Birk is president of ConVal High School’s “Junior Rotary” Interact Service Club, editor of ConVal’s literacy magazine “Pulp,” captain of the ConVal Math Team, and vice president of ConVal’s chapter of the National Honor Society. During her past three years at ConVal, she also has been active in the Spanish Club, the Science Bowl B Team, the Chemistry Club, ConVal’s newspaper, and ConVal Volleyball. In addition, she was selected to represent ConVal at the National Young Leaders’ Conference.
Birk has volunteered for the Monadnock Rotary’s Wellness Festival, interned at Monadnock Community Hospital, helped with the Christmas luncheon for seniors, and worked with Interact members to collect and distribute clothes and personal necessities to the homeless in Boston. She also takes various Advanced Placement classes and online courses and works part-time at Nonie’s Restaurant and at Parker’s Maple Barn.
In addition to her $300 Evans-Reilly Award, Birk chose the Hope for Gus Foundation as her selected charity. The Rotary will make a $100 donation in Birk’s name to this foundation.