Students of the Month
Each month, Lemont High School honors a student from each grade level for hard work and dedication to the school and the community. Selections rotate among the school’s various departments from month to month. Only 32 students earn "Student of the Month" accolades each school year, with four individuals honored each month from October through May.
Local businessman Brad Grcevic, of Edward Jones, Inc. (Lemont), contributes a donation each month to a charity selected by the “Student of the Month” award winners.
2016-17 Students of the Month
Students of the Month Archive
March 2017 Students of the Month
Charity: Lemont Methodist Church Food Pantry
The Mathematics Department named Caroline Bukowski as the Freshman Student of the Month. A high honor roll student, Caroline states that English I Honors, Integrated Math I Honors and Biology Honors are her favorite courses. She already has become quite involved in extra-curricular activities, as she serves as a Freshman Class Officer and on the Student Council, is involved with Interact, and is a member of both the Mathletes and Girls’ Tennis programs. Her teachers note that she has a genuine interest and love of math, and that she always seems interested in learning more. She hopes to take as many Advanced Placement classes as she can in high school, and may pursue a career in law or forensic science. She enjoys reading, volunteering, painting, cross-stitching and drawing, and has worked in her aunt’s law office.
Maria Purpura was tabbed as the Sophomore Student of the Month by the Music Department. Maria is a high honor roll student who most enjoys Choir, English II Honors and Communications. She has supreme knowledge of music and demonstrates exceptional abilities as both a singer and an actress. Maria is part of the Speech Team, a member of the Color Guard, sings in both the Choir and the A Cappella Choir, was involved in both Drama Club productions this year, and was cast in the Spring Musical. She has set a goal to be in 15 stage productions before college, and she’s more than halfway there. Maria hopes to pursue a career that involves children or teaching. In her free time, she is an award-winning Girl Scout, plays the ukulele, is learning to tap dance, and is working on a musical adaptation of The Emperor’s New Groove.
The Science Department tabbed Jacey Schickel as the Junior Student of the Month. She lists Anatomy & Physiology Honors and Integrated Math III Honors as her favorite classes. Jacey twice has competed in the IHSA Girls’ Cross Country State Finals, and is a member of the Girls’ Track and Field team, Interact and the Health Occupations Student Association. She also has been inducted into the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and National Science Honor Society. She is a shining example of a student-athlete, as she strives to be the best she can in and out of the classroom. She plans on majoring in medicine in college, where she hopes to participate in cross country and track. She has worked as a lifeguard, and enjoys listening to music and watching TV shows that involve challenges.
Trace Rakow was cited as the Senior Student of the Month by the Business Department. Trace has taken many courses within the Business Department, but his favorite subject is Accounting. A high honor roll performer, he is described as a personable and respectful student who uses great focus both in and out of the classroom. A four-year member of the football program, Trace captained the offensive line as a senior last fall. He also has been involved with both the Link Crew and Interact, and won a regional event representing the school’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. He will follow in his parents’ footsteps and attend the University of Mississippi. Trace plans on studying accounting and earning his CPA. He has worked at Cog Hill for the last three years, and will work for the Chicago White Sox this summer.
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2016-17 Students of the Month
October 2016: Gabrielle Salomon (Fr., Family & Consumer Sciences), Natalie Palarz (So., World Languages), Nicolette Giatras (Jr., Art), Tony Brown (Sr., Physical Education)
November 2016: Delaney Dewalls (Fr., Science), Matt Krueger (So., Business), Anna Ford (Jr., Mathematics), Josh Gumina (Sr., Music)
December 2016: Alicen Barowsky (Fr., Industrial Technology), Grace Horky (So., English), Olivia Styrczula (Jr., Learning Resource Center), Rebecca Bailey (Sr., Social Studies)
January 2017: Jenna Valenti (Fr., Health), Emilie Gilbert (Jr., Driver Education), Emily Stoch (Jr., Student Services), Joselyn Cortes (Sr., Special Education)
February 2017: Rasa Biskis (Fr., Art), Katie Knutte (So., Physical Education), Stephanie Pinczes (Jr., Family & Consumer Sciences), Megan Ohlen (Sr., World Languages)
March 2017: Caroline Bukowski (Fr., Mathematics), Maria Purpura (So., Music), Jacey Schickel (Jr., Science), Trace Rakow (Sr., Business)
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