WEST LAFAYETTE -- Kelsey Waite, the daughter of Brian and Tammie Waite, was named the West Lafayette Rotary Student of the Month for December 2009.

Waite, a Ridgewood High School junior, was a cheerleader for three years and a member of the Foreign Language Club for three years, currently serving as secretary.

She has served as a peer mentor during her three years of high school and is an honor roll student. She received a first place for her art project that was exhibited at the county fair during her sophomore year. Waite has been a 4-H member for seven years and has served as the environmental leader, secretary and news reporter. She shows rabbits in 4-H.

When asked what person had contributed the most to her self development, she named her grandfather who has taught her kindness and respect.

When asked what experience has given her the greatest satisfaction, she said, "4-H has given me a great sense of leadership and pride. In all honesty, 4-H is like a family to me."