March 2010 Students of the Month

Charity: American Cancer Society

Robert Kwasneski

The Science Department named Robert Kwasneski as the Freshman Student of the Month. Described as a great young man who is a positive influence for anyone with whom he comes in contact, Robert lists Biology and Algebra II as his favorite courses. He excels in class, as evidenced by his selection to the honor roll last semester, and his teachers note that he goes the extra mile to ensure his success and willingly participates in classroom discussions. A member of the freshman football squad last fall, Robert also enjoys playing basketball and baseball. In the future, he hopes to play football at the collegiate level, or to attend Florida State University. In his spare time, Robert enjoys playing football with his friends and “building stuff.”

Benas Tijusas
Learning Resource Center

Benas Tijusas was picked as the Sophomore Student of the Month by the Learning Resource Center. Described by the LRC Director as an avid user of the LRC facilities, Benas’s favorite courses include Drawing & Design II and French I. He often spends part or all of his lunch period in the LRC, whether reading a book, browsing through a magazine or providing help to the LRC staff if needed. He’s often been willing to lend a hand with various LRC projects. A member of the speech team this season, he is considering joining the school’s cross country and swimming programs next year. For his future plans, Benas is considering majoring in either linguistics or computer programming in college, and may move back to Europe after graduating. His hobbies include playing computer games and reading.

Markas Sergalis

The English Department selected Markas Sergalis as the Junior Student of the Month. A high honor roll student, Markas lists science courses - including Environmental Science - and Accelerated Geometry Honors, Accelerated Trigonometry Honors and Physical Education as his favorite classes. Though English is not his primary language, his teachers note that he is willing to take risks with the language, which is sometimes a big task for students learning English as their second language. He has won awards in Hapkido, a form of Korean martial arts, and has also been honored for his work in poetic speech and dance. Markas plans on becoming an architectural engineer or scientist. Outside of school, he works at the Lemont Library, enjoys computers and technology, and likes to draw, sing and volunteer within the community.

Nicole Chlipala

Nicole Chlipala was tabbed as the Senior Student of the Month by the Music Department. Nicole is a high honor roll student who lists Band, French III Honors and U.S. History as her favorite courses. She is described as an asset to the band program because she provides younger students with a good example and displays a positive attitude. Nicole has served as a flute section leader, and volunteered her time to learn other instruments, playing the tenor saxophone well enough to earn a spot in the Advanced Jazz Band. Nicole was a four-year member of the girls’ bowling program, and twice earned team MVP honors. Most recently, she qualified to compete at the 2010 IHSA Girls’ Bowling State Finals. Her future plans include earning a college degree, and either becoming a professional bowler or a band director. Nicole holds a part-time job, and enjoys reading and spending time with friends.