July is a time to remember the heroes of the nation and the Monettans who have stood up when their country called. July calendar girl Ashley Marie Schmidly sits at the Christopher Stark Memorial Garden at South Park, which her high school English class helped to build, on the Stark memorial's first July Fourth. The daughter of Greg and Heather Schmidly, Ashley was a four-year letterman in softball, cheerleading and cross country. She participated in M Club, Future Business Leaders of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Key Club. Ashley graduated in the top 10 percent of her Monett High School class. She attends Destiny Church in Republic and volunteers in the church nursery. She participated in many community outreaches such as the Food For Thought backpack program and helping in tornado relief efforts in Joplin. Ashley has four brothers and a sister, and helps take care of the two family dogs. Next fall she will attend Ozarks Technical College to major in nursing, in which she plans to get a masters degree. She currently works at Cox Hospital South in Springfield as a certified nursing assistant on the neuroscience and orthopedic unit.
[Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]