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Mercer Island's Rotary Islanders of February

Mercer Island High School students John Gallagher and Cristina Scalzo were named as the Rotary Islanders of February at the club luncheon on Feb. 5.

Gallagher, a drum major in the MIHS marching band, plays trombone in the wind ensemble and is a member of the Morning Jazz Band program. He is also the band student advisory vice president. In sports, he is a varsity track and field captain. He volunteers with special needs youth through the Friendship Circle of Washington, as a soccer referee for select and premier level youth games, Islander Middle School track coach and cashier at the Mercer Island Thrift Shop. He also participates with the VOICE summer program.

In his spare time, his hobbies include biking, running and playing soccer. The son of Thomas and Susan Gallagher, he plans to major in education or social sciences at a liberal arts college.

Scalzo has participated in five mission trips to Mexico, helping with a variety of service projects, building houses and working at an orphanage. At MIHS she is a Natural Helper, chosen by her peers for being skilled in peer mediation; and a member of the Art Club and Senior Service Club. She volunteers with VOICE, a Mercer Island Youth and Family Services program, and participates in Young Life, a Christian ministry, and Youth at Calvary. She plans to attend college and become a pediatric oncology nurse.

Both students are National Honor Society members and Bridges leaders.

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