Brookings High School seniors Nathan Cole-Dai and Ian Ainomugisha have been honored as the Brookings Rotary Club’s March Students of the Month. 
Cole-Dai is the son of Phyllis and Jihong Cole-Dai. A National Merit finalist, he has been a member of Environmental Club, German Club and National Honor Society and also has been active with Broboca (the school newspaper), Bobcat Yearbook, Orchestra, Jazz Strings and the BHS Fall Musical Pit Orchestra. He works as a cashier at Hy-Vee and is a volunteer with Feedings Brookings. Cole-Dai has three orchestra letters, won first place in the local Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., essay contest, was an Orchestra section leader for seven semesters, and was a U.S. Presidential Scholarship nominee.
He plans to pursue a degree in biology or environmental studies, and is considering Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.
Ian Ainomugisha is the son of Emmanuel Byamukama and Agatha Ampaire. He has been very active in music, including the BHS Marching Band, where he served as Drum Major. He also has been active in Jazz Band, Winter Drumline and Concert and Symphonic Bands. Additional honors include recognition as Lead Tenor, Outstanding Soloist, Outstanding Freshman and Outstanding Senior.
He is a Boy Scout and a member of National Honor Society. Ainomugisha plans to study computer science at Rice University.
Each month during the school year, the Brookings Rotary Club recognizes students who excel in exhibiting its motto “Service Above Self” and fulfill the ideals of the organization’s Four-Way Test: Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 
For more information about the Brookings Rotary Club, contact President Don Norton at The club, currently meeting virtually each Tuesday at 12 p.m., is part of Rotary International, a service organization with more than 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs in about 200 countries and territories around the world. This year’s international theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”