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Rotary Islanders of March
Mercer Island High School students Gemma Balinbin and Kyle Reitinger have been named the Rotary Islanders of March.
Balinbin sings the national anthem at school assemblies and sports events. A member of the MIHS jazz choir and a cantor at St. Monica Catholic Church, she plans to major in music and focus on classical voice, and one day become a music teacher. The daughter of Dayton and Jeannie Balinbin, she sings at the Skyline Assisted Living Center and is a voice/performance tutor. She also volunteers for the St. Monica Gala Night Auction and tutors elementary students in English and math. She is a BRIDGES leader, and participates in Prevention M.A.T.T.E.R.S.
Reitinger is a captain on the MIHS varsity football team who was awarded KingCo honorable mention for the safety position both junior and senior years. He is a member of the Senior Service Club and participates in Safe Rides. The son of Bob and Kathy Reitinger, he volunteers as a Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Advisory Board representative and a youth football camp director. He plans to major in business at college, and possibly play football.
Both Balinbin and Reitinger are members of the National Honor Society.