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Grand County High School’s Students of the Month for January 2017 are Tyler Moreau and Payton Webb.

Moreau, a junior, is the son of Margaret Moreau and Thomas Moreau.

He says his favorite classes are Spanish because it is practical and not too challenging and chemistry because it offers insight into how everything in the universe works.

Moreau says that his most challenging class is math.

“It just doesn’t come to me naturally,” he says.

He says that English is also hard, “because some of the literature that we read is challenging and I have trouble getting together the motivation to write essays.”

Moreau has been involved in numerous sports and activities at GCHS, including the Red Devil Mountain Biking team, the swim team, tennis, Science Olympiad, Quiz Bowl and the National Honor Society. He also provides technical support for the theater department.

Outside of school, he has volunteered as a trail builder in the La Sal Mountains, and has provided tech support for community events. He has worked at Poison Spider Bike Shop for 4.5 years and Moab Yogurt (MOYO) for one year.

After high school, Moreau plans to attend college, most likely at the University of Utah, but has not yet decided on a major.

Webb, a junior, is the daughter of Rebecca Webb and the granddaughter of William Webb.

“Right now, I would say that my favorite class is English,” Webb says. “Not only is my teacher, Mr. Cameron, really great, but the class is really fun, but also presents the right amount of challenge.”

Webb adds that her hardest class is Spanish.

“It’s a lot of work and memorizing,” she says, adding, “The class that challenges me most intellectually would have to be English, because in that class we get into some really in depth thinking.”

Webb is currently a member of the GCHS debate team, as a varsity debater, and as the team’s travel manager.

“I have lettered in debate the last two years, and hope to do so again this year,” she says.

Outside of school, Webb volunteers with the Red Rock 4-Wheelers club every year to help with Jeep Safari, and has also volunteered with the Moab Arts and Recreation Center.

“After I graduate from high school, I plan to go to a university and get my four-year pre-med certification, so that I can get into a graduate program for psychiatry,” Webb said.

The local Elks Lodge sponsors Grand County High School’s Student of the Month program under the direction of Frank Vaccaro. Jeff Richards is the high school coordinator. The Elks started the program to recognize students who are outstanding in the areas of character, leadership, service, citizenship and scholastic performance. GCHS faculty members choose the selected students, and the Rotary Club and Grand County School District Board of Education also recognize them.