According to her teachers, Bethel senior Ashley Irby is a model student.
She has been selected as one of The Shawnee News-Star and Patriot Auto Group Students of the Month for February and is now in the running to win a car.
Irby excels in the classroom and in the arts. She's served as the drum major for the previous two years and has led the band to receive many awards for their performances, including a superior rating at the band's regional competition in 2016.
“Her grace and confidence in this leadership role have been impressive to witness as she is able to direct and manage a band of 65 students with a calm, but stern demeanor while garnering the respect of her peers,” Bethel High School teacher Brianne Johnson said.
Along with the group awards, Irby is a two-time all-state band member. Along with the band accolades, Irby has been an all-state choir member since her fourth grade year.
Irby is the National Honor Society president and has been a member of that organization since 2016. She is already ahead of the game, earning several college credits while still in high school.
Irby takes her role as a model student seriously and has taken as many AP classes as possible.
“In the two classes I've had her, Ashley is always one of the very first to complete an assignment, often much before the due date,” Johnson said. “On several occasions her work has served as a model for other students in the class because of how well it's done.”
She recently scored a 31 on her ACT test and plans to attend the University of Oklahoma to obtain a Bachelor of Music Arts degree. On top of a bachelor's degree Irby wants to attend medical school in the future and become a pediatric oncologist.
Currently, Irby maintains a 4.357 GPA.