Connor Estelle has been named Student of the Month for May and was recognized for his community service as well as his accomplishments at Castle View High School. With Estelle is Rotarian Richard Bangs, left, his father James, mother Stacey, and sister Brooke.
Connor Estelle, senior at Castle View High School has been named the Rotary Club of Castle Rock’s Student of the Month for May.
Estelle, who is very active in his school, stood out from other applicants for the amount of community service he completed during his high school career.
Douglas County schools have a requirement of 20 hours of community service within four years. Estelle began his service his freshman year and listed more than 30 individual dates where he served the community, in addition to volunteering for work at the school.
His service locations included such places as other schools, community parks, Boy Scout facilities, churches, the town of Castle Rock, the town of Elizabeth and the Larkspur Renaissance festival grounds.
He recorded about 243 hours of community service during his years in high school. 
Richard Bangs, student of the month coordinator of the club, introduced Estelle and said that among all the exceptional students honored during the 2018-2019 school year, Estelle stood out because of his community service. He said that service lives up to the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.
In addition to his community service, Estelle carried a 3.79 grade point average and was on the CVHS track team, the Technology Student Association and was in the National Honor Society. He also was in Boy Scouts and reached the Eagle Scout level. He was on the Castle Rock Crankers Mountain Bike team where he received the Most Improved Rider for 2017.
Estelle told the club the 20-hour school requirement for community service did not measure up to what he considered real community service. 
“Community service means being part of the community and working to benefit the communities you live in,” he said.
Estelle said he plans to attend the University of Denver and major in business and computer science.