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Grand County High School’s Students of the Month for February 2017 are Indyanna Clark and Gage Souza. Both are seniors.

Clark is the daughter of Megan Clark and Troy Clark.

She said her favorite classes are jewelry and ceramics.

“This is because I can fully express myself and put my focus into something I love doing,” she said.

Clark said that out of her whole high school career, math was her hardest class.

“It’s very hard for me to understand the concepts, but I always try my extra hard and make sure I understand them,” she said.

Clark was a cheerleader for two years and was named JV captain her freshman year. She is also the president of the spirit club and a member of the art club.

Clark has worked as a retail associate at Indigo Alley for almost two years.

“We are located on Main Street and sell clothing, gifts and accessories,” she said. “I absolutely love my job and am thankful to have it.”

After high school, Clark plans to move to Fort Collins, Colorado, for a year to gain residency. After that, she hopes to be accepted to Colorado State and major in elementary education.

Souza is the son of Misty Souza and Michael Souza.

Souza said his favorite class is Spanish.

“Because the language, as well as the culture, is super fun to learn, and knowing the language opens up a whole new world that I would have been oblivious to otherwise,” he said.

Souza said his most challenging class is English, “because every assignment takes time and analytical thinking.”

Souza has participated in track and field all four years and Quiz Bowl for two; he is currently participating in Science Olympiad and competition drama for the first time.

When asked about something he has done outside of school, Souza noted, “I acted as a victim in a mock disaster bus crash that was for EMT, police and firefighter emergency training.”

Souza said he plans to stay in Moab for a year or more after finishing high school and then move to St. George to attend Dixie State University.

Both Clark and Souza were recognized at the monthly school board meeting on Feb. 15.

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. The selected students are chosen by a vote of GCHS faculty members, and the Rotary Club and Grand County School District Board of Education also recognize them.